DCs Station Mt Darwin
Mount Darwin was at the forefront of the paramilitary activities of Intaf. The first keeps were constructed in the district and the concept of using mounted units for patrolling and making contact with the people started here. At one time the strength of the staff amounted to almost two infantry battalions. Such a large force required dedicated leadership and excellent structures to ensure that they were effectively used.
The above three photos were provided by Tony Edwards and show the HQ and fleet of operational vehicles used in Mt Darwin.
The following list is of the members of the staff who have served in the district over a period of time, as known to the webmaster. There are many more who served in Mount Darwin and if anybody can supply more names of those that served they will be added.
Walter Powley NC 1906 - 1928
Fats Bowen-Davies DC 1960s
Jo Beale DC 1961 - 1965
Malcolm Pratt ADC 1967
John Wenman ADC 1965 - 1966
Bob Menzies DO 1961
1970s Bush War Personnel
"Chick" Fowle - District Commissioner
Jim Latham - District Commissioner. (Jim Latham took over from Chick Fowle).
Peter "Flash" Williams - District Commissioner (took over from Jim Latham in 1977)
Rob Walker - Assistant District Commissioner (later DC of Kezi)
Ant Fyn - District Officer, Kaitano and HQ
John Connelly - District Officer, Mukumbura
Barry Mulder - District Officer, Ops Room
Andy Olver - District Officer, Dotito & Bveke
Lionel Dyke - District Officer, HQ
Rob Carruthers - District Officer, Bveke & Kaitano
Colin Bird - District Officer, Nhembire
Pete Skott - District Officer, Nhembire
Steve Cloete - District Officer, Chiswite
Cameron Clarke - District Officer, HQ
Rob Rawson - District Officer, Chigango
Dave Dodds - District Officer, Pachanza
Ken Tuckey - District Officer, Horse Troop
Mike Blake - District Officer, Chesa
Tony Harris District Officer
Charles Gurney Cadet DO
Francis Wauchope Cadet DO
Gerry van Tonder Cadet DO
Peter Dix Cadet DO
Charlie Inngs Cadet DO
Gordon Poultney National Service Cadet
Kang Yin National Service Cadet Mukumbura
There were several other NS cadets but their names are unknown to the webmaster
Senior District Assistants who played a major role in the district are -
Sergeant Major Tommy Chiunya
Sergeant Major Mugadza
C Sergeant Gumbo
Other staff members included
Mike Bellis - Agricultural Officer
Allan Nichols - Agricultural Officer
Jim Porter - Primary Development Officer, African Development Fund (ADF)
Ian McFarlane - Field Assistant, ADF
Bill Coowie (Spelling?) - Field Assistant, ADF
Geordie - Mechanic, ADF
Reg Lawson - HQ Paymaster (No 2 Jack West)
Daphne Whitehead, DC's Secretary
Mrs Hoad - HQ Assistant
Brenda Tuckey - HQ Assistant
Mukumbura looking towards Mozambique. Photo from Kang Yin
Mvuradonha Mountains from the air. Photo from Kang Yin.
Mount Darwin Staff. Photo from Piet Henning.
BSAP / INTAF co-operation in Mt Darwin District
As in all of the districts in Rhodesia there was a requirement for the members of the BSAP and INTAF to co-operate in day to day matters. Mount Darwin had a unique position in that it was one of the first districts to see a large number of Keeps and Protected Villages established in an effort to curb the activities of terrorists entering the district from Zambia and Mozambique. Several of the Keeps and Protected Villages were manned by small sections of District Assistants in the charge of a Corporal as there were not enough white personnel to be deployed to each one. It was essential to visit these outposts regularly in order to ensure discipline was maintained. The BSAP patrols did report on any irregularities they heard of and misdemeanours were dealt with accordingly. This allowed a healthy respect to develop between the government departments.
Nick Russell was a BSAP Section Officer stationed at Mt Darwin in 1977 and has kindly supplied all of the photos and information in this information box.
Newspaper clipping reporting on an attack on the village in 1972
Aerial view of the village in 1979
Cartoon sketch - Mt Darwin Club 1974
Detective Section Officer Nick Russell recording the weapon number of an AK 47 belonging to a ZANLA man in 1980. The article explains it all!
The next photos are from Barry Mulder who was stationed at Mt Darwin and illustrate the building and maintenance of the Protected Villages and the keeps of Intaf.
Building a Keep
Keep and surrounding protected village
Barrack room inspection in a Keep
Landmines were a real threat to all security forces and the civilian population alike. The next photos are of some of these incidents that took place in the Mt Darwin area and were also kindly supplied by Barry Mulder.
This truck detonated an anti tank mine near Mukumbura at the beginning of the war.
Andy Olver at the scene of a mine incident.
Barry Mulder and President Du Pont talking to DAs on parade.
District Commissioner Jim Latham with Secretary of Internal Affairs, Noel Hunt
The full compliment of Mt Darwin on parade. This photo shows the reality and significance of the participation of Intaf in the bush war. A full infantry battalion on parade!