Robert Borland

Robert Hugh Borland (1911 - 1961)

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Robert Hugh "Rex" Borland
Born in Edinburgh, Scotlandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesiamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2018 | Last significant change: 21 Oct 2018
06:09: Andrew Field edited the Biography for Robert Borland. [Thank Andrew for this]
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Categories: BSA Police | Commissioners, BSA Police | Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service - until 2012 | Prominent Persons, Rhodesia.


Birth & Upbringing: Robert was born 16 Apr 1911 in Edinburgh.[1]
Family: He married Johanna Lacey and together they had both a son and a daughter.
Education: He attended Skinner's School, Tunbridge Wells.
Vocation: Robert Borland was an immigrant wishing to take up sheep farming in the colony in the early 1930s, [2] before he joined the BSA Police in November 1932; Reg. No. 3306; served until September 1960 retiring with the rank of Deputy Commissioner. [3]. Robert served in the Bulawayo and Victoria Districts before transferring to the plain clothes branch (Criminal Investigation Department) in 1935. He was commissioned in January 1937 and continued his service in CID in both Salisbury and Bulawayo. He became Officer Commanding CID in July 1954. [4] On 13 March 1958 Robert was appointed to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of the BSA Police and took over the portfolio for Crime and Security. [5]
Honours and Awards: He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal (CPM) in 1955 and in 1957 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Service (QPM). [6]
Demise: Robert died in 16 February 1961 following a short period of ill health after his retirement. [7]
Cremation: He was cremated in Salisbury, following a funeral with semi-military honours on 20 February 1961.


  1. Interview with Ms Ann Borland by Doug Grierson October 2018
  2. Passenger Lists Leaving UK" Database with images. Garth Castle Departure Southampton destine to Beira, Mozambique citing Union Castle Line Steamship CC
  3. Andrew Field: BSA Police Commissioners BSAP Website
  4. Obituary Notice Outpost 4/1961Outpost Magazine: Journal of the BSA Police
  5. Ibid. BSAP Website BSAP Website
  6. Retirement Notice Outpost 12/1960 Outpost Magazine: Journal of the BSA Police
  7. Zimbabwe Death Notices 1904-1976 Database with images. B 126 as cited by National Archives, Harare

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