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Matthew Charles Thomas Brooks (1954 - 1977)

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Matthew Charles Thomas "Matt" Brooks
Born in Bulawayo; Southern Rhodesiamap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Father of [private son (1970s - unknown)] and [private son (1970s - unknown)]
Died in Near Fort Victoria (Operation Repulse), Rhodesiamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2018 | Last significant change: 14 Nov 2018
09:52: Andrew Field edited the Biography for Matthew Brooks. [Thank Andrew for this]
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Categories: Roll of Honour (War), British South Africa Police | Police Reserve, British South Africa Police.


Birth & Upbringing: Matthew was born in Bulawayo in 1954. He was the son of Wilfred Brooks and Patricia Bourne.[1]
Education: He was schooled at Falcon College, Bulawayo and then in Salisbury at Churchill High School.
Occupation: National Service Policeman - joined the BSA Police as a national serviceman in ;Reg. No. NS900605; transferred to Police Reserve served until June 1977. As a National Serviceman Matt was first stationed at Salisbury Traffic. On transfer to Field Reserve, Matt was posted to the BSA Police Marine Section on Lake Kariba, involved with the country's northern defenses. He was transferred to PATU Salisbury Province from where he was deployed on call ups around the country.
Demise: KOAS - shooting accident while serving as a Field Reservist near Fort Victoria (Operation Repulse) [2] [3] [4] .
Burial: His semi-military funeral was held in Salisbury on 9 June 1977.


  1. Family recollections and narrations in respect of Matthew Brooks as cited by Julia Burdett in personal correspondence 2018
  2. Andrew Field: BSA Police Roll of HonourBSAP Website
  3. Obituary Notice Outpost 6/1977 Outpost Magazine: Journal of the BSA Police
  4. A Haggett & G van Tonder "Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour 1966-1981" ISBN 978-1-920143-75-6 based on the original Dr. JRT Wood citing Rhodesian Sitreps and other sources.

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