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Duncan Hope McKay (1946 - 1977)

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Duncan Hope McKay
Born in Worthing, Sussex, Englandmap
[spouse(s) unknown]
Died in Mutema TTL, Chipinga District, Rhodesiamap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jul 2018 | Last significant change: 6 Dec 2018
12:11: Andrew Field edited the Biography for Duncan Hope McKay (1946-1977). [Thank Andrew for this]
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Categories: Warren Hills Cemetery, Harare, Harare Province | Roll of Honour (War), British South Africa Police | Duty Uniformed Branch, British South Africa Police | Killed in Action, Rhodesia, Rhodesian Bush War | Mutema Tribal Trust Land, Manicaland, Rhodesia.


Birth & Upbringing: Duncan was born 1946 and raised in Worthing, Sussex, England. [1] Duncan was the son of Frederick and Hilda (nee Warren) McKay. [2] Duncan was an only son.
Family: He was single at the time of his death and had no children.
Education: He was educated at St Andrew Secondary Modern and Goring Hall Private School. He conducted his tertiary studies at Worthing College.
Occupation: Policeman - Duncan first worked for a firm of solicitors and an assurance company, before deciding to join the BSA Police in April 1968; Reg.No.7961; served until January 1977. He was first stationed at Victoria Falls, transferring to Marandellas in 1973. He was attached to Police General Headquarters (Operations) and attached to the Ground Coverage Scheme. Duncan had been involved in the rescue team operations that followed the shooting by Zambian Soldiers of foreign tourists on the Rhodesian side of the River in May 1973.
Honours and Awards: He was the recipient of a Rhodesian General Service Medal.
Demise: Killed in action - ambush while serving as a Section Officer with Duty Uniform in Mutema TTL; Chipinga District (Operation Thrasher). The incident took place close to the Mozambique border and during follow-up elements of the Armoured Car Regiment shelled enemy position across the border and came under fire from Tanzanian troops. [3]
Burial: Duncan Makay was buried at Warren Hills Cemetery following a funeral service on 10 January 1977 [4] [5] [6]


  1. England and Wales Birth Registration Index 1837-2008" Database with images. Vol/Page: 5H/684 citing General Register Office, Southport, England
  2. England and Wales Marriage Registration Index 1837-2005" Database with images. Vol/Page: 2B/997 citing General Register Office, Southport, England
  3. Narrative of Jamie Whitelaw in personal correspondence November 2018
  4. Andrew Field: BSA Police Roll of Honour BSAP Website
  5. Obituary Notice Outpost 1/1977 Outpost Magazine: Journal of the BSA Police
  6. A Haggett & G van Tonder "Rhodesian Combined Forces Roll of Honour" ISBN 978-1-920143-75-6 based on the original Dr. JRT Wood citing Rhodesian Sitreps and other sources.

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