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Christopher Bean was born into a police family in Yorkshire and joined the West Riding Constabulary as a cadet in 1952. For the next fifteen years or so he continued a career in the police service, in the Royal Corps of Military Police, the West Riding Constabulary, the Nyasaland Police and finally the Bechuanaland Protectorate Police.
This account re-lives his experiences of those years, many of which are difficult to believe in these relatively enlightened days, and which often humorously outline life in Africa some half a century ago.
Although the story starts in the Britain of the 1950s, it leads into a post-war Africa, with independence arriving in most of Africa and illustrating the enormous difference in police work in the UK in those days, and the exciting life of a colonial police officer.


Professor Colin Baker (1929-2018)
Colin Baker lived in Nyasaland-Malawi from 1954 to 1971, first as an Assistant District Commissioner and then District Commissioner before being appointed Under Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet and founder Principal of the Institute of Public Administration in the University of Malawi. He left Malawi with his family in 1971, and after three years as Director of the post graduate Institute of Administration in the University of Ife, Nigeria, he returned to Britain and joined the staff of the University of South Wales where he became founder Director of the Business School, Dean of Professional Studies and Assistant Director of the University. He retired from these posts in 1995 and was appointed Professor Emeritus, Honorary Fellow and Research Professor, devoting his time to researching aspects of Nyasaland-Malawi’s history. He held the degrees of Bachelor of Arts of the University of Birmingham, the degrees of Bachelor of Laws, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy of the University of London, and the degree of Doctor of Letters of the University of Glamorgan.

For comprehensive reviews of all six volumes of Colin's published books
‘Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland’
CLICK HERE
 to visit "The Library".

David O'Neil
David served in the Nyasaland Police for eight years, 1956 - 1964. Having interests in flying and sailing, he learned to fly with the RAF during his National Service and started sailing boats on Lake Nyasa. On return to UK he worked as a management consultant in southern England for some 20 years, moving to his homeland, Scotland, in 1980 where he became a tour guide. A talented artist and photographer he started writing in 2006, a Scottish tour guide initially, two others subsequently and his first novel in 2007 with a further twenty plus since as well as a collection of short stories in e-form only. His novels cover a range of topics but in the main, probably, historical fiction of life at sea in the days of sail and since.
For a list of his works plus a short CV:
Click here.
Saving the Day
His latest book, "Saving the Day", published July 2018 is an Anton Chance sea thriller where our hero finds himself in troubled times following the Treaty of Utrecht. In command of HMS Ashanti his reponsibilities grow with other ships in support and action ashore. Facing insurmountable dangers he has to defend the vessels and their crews against overwhelming odds. He perseveres but only with short respite when after upgrading in rank to Captain he and his valiant companions confront challenges yet unseen.
      Click here for the David O'Neil Short Story ~ "The Saga of Arthur Watson"

Colin M. Beer
Colin served in the Nyasaland Police for some three years, 1959 - 1962 and previously in Kenya, and in particular he was well versed in the para-military aspects of the Police Mobile Force and went on to similar employment elsewhere. Using his considerable experience gained over the years he has put together the specialist book 'On Revolutionary War' which was published in 1990.
Very well regarded and included in the library bibliographies of both RMA Sandhurst and the US Army War College the book is of 180 pages plus illustrations and examines the theory and practice of both insurgency and counter insurgency and includes case studies from Congo, Kenya, Rhodesia, Angola and Kurdistan.
As a Google E books download, it is given 5 out of 5 stars, based on over 2,600 votes and as described by long standing friend, Nypol Association Member Ken Wilkinson, "This is an excellent and very well written book!"
To view on Amazon with prices:
Click here.

The King's African Rifles/The Malawi Rifles
There was always a close relationship between the Police and Nyasaland Battalion of the King's African Rifles and this continued after independence between the renamed Malawi Police and the Malawi Rifles where PMF and Army units were often deployed together. There remains a mutual interest and following the presentation of new colours to the battalion Vanessa Farmery has put together an excellent CD of the full parade featuring the very fine regimental band. Copies are available at the modest cost of £4.99. With any profit going towards administration costs this is good way to support the continuation of the Nypol association. Email your request to purchase to nyasa.police@gmail.com. (Note: The picture of the 2 KAR flag (left) is with the kind permission of Greg Koll)

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The Battle of Karonga
The Battle of Karonga - click for a personal account
Nyasaland by Wikipedia
Geoff Morton by Wikipedia
Philip Finney by Wikipedia
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Kenya Police Association
Royal Hong Kong Police Association
Northern Rhodesia Police Association (NRPA)
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Association Organiser - Christopher Bean
Reunions Manager - Ken Wilkinson
Website Editor - Terry Young
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