Lot Archive


№ 542


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

An O.B.E., K.P.M. group of four to Major J.C. Brundell, British South Africa Police, their first recipient of the K.P.M.

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, O.B.E., 1st type; KING'S POLICE MEDAL, G.V.R., 1st issue (Supt. C.I.D. and Ch. Immgn. Offr. Capt., Brit. S.A. Pol.); JUBILEE 1935; CORONATION 1937, good very fine (4)

The following article appeared in 'The Outpost' following the award of the Jubilee Medal to Major Brundell: 'The whole Corps will unite in congratulating the Chief Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department of the B.S.A. Police on the honour recently conferred upon him by His Majesty the King. Major Brundell is the oldest serving officer in the Corps. He came to Rhodesia in 1900, and, after being engaged in mining work for a year, was attested as a special detective in the Matabeleland Constabulary. He obtained a commission in 1911 and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1926. In 1929 he attained his present rank. As a junior officer, Major Brundell organised both in this country and in Northern Rhodesia, the Criminal Investigation and the Immigration Departments, and was also responsible for the introduction in the Colony of the finger-print system of identification. In addition to his position as Chief Superintendent of the C.I.D., Major Brundell is also in charge of the Central Finger Print Bureau, is the Registrar of Native Foreigners and Registrar of the Central Alien Tax Bureau; he is Chief Immigration Officer for Southern Rhodesia and is a Justice of the Peace for the Colony. To Major Brundell belongs the distinction of being the first officer in the B.S.A. Police to be awarded the King's Police Medal after the granting of Responsible Government in 1924. The freedom from the restrictions imposed in terms of the Union Immigration Quota Act of 1930, which residents of this Colony now enjoy, is due to the efforts of this distinguished officer, who successfully negotiated an intricate and delicate agreement between the two Governments in 1930. We reiterate our hearty congratulations to Major Brundell, O.B.E., on the distinction conferred upon him and upon the Corps generally.'