Rhodesia - Intaf

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28th November 2018. Regret to inform all that Paddy Gallagher passed away in the early hours of this morning in Pietermaritzburg.  Condolences to the family.  Paddy served in the RLI and then in Intaf and was an instructor at Chikurubi.


News had been received of the passing of Denis Connolly in Bulawayo on the 23rd July 2016.  He was born on the 13th February 1927and joined the Native Department (Intaf) on the 31st December 1943.  Denis was the last Secretary for Internal Affairs before the country changed its name.  Deepest sympathy to the family.


DC Alex Bundock passed away during the morning of the 21st October 2013 due to bone marrow cancer.  Alex joined Intaf on 1st February 1956 and was the commander of the Training Depot at Chikurubi until he was transferred.  He had been struggling to fight cancer for some time.  Alex was a man of men and will not be forgotten. 

Alex was one of the first Intaf men to have successfully completed the Army officers course and went on to establish the Intaf Training Depot at Chikurubi.  He had great foresight and understanding of the paramilitary role Intaf was required to play during the war.  He provided great leadership, and ensured that Intaf personnel were trained as best possible under trying circumstances.


Glen Yeomans passed away on 14th October in Grahamstown RSA.  He was Provincial Agricultural Officer and was awarded the MLM for his services to the Master Farmers Program in Mashonaland East.


2nd May 2013.  Long serving Intaf member Roy Wyatt passed away peacefully at his home in Noordhoek, near Fish Hoek, Cape, on Saturday 27th April.  A memorial service will be held at Noordhoek Manor on Monday 6th May at 3pm.  His wife Jean Wyatt is coping well, and would be pleased to hear from any of his old friends.  Her address is  [email protected]


8th April 2013.  DC John Markram joined Intaf on the 1st January 1960 and passed away on Easter Sunday after a long battle with cancer.


26 June 2017.  Passing of Nicola Collins (nee Moss), aged 62. Known to most as Nick, she joined Intaf in 1974 as one of the first two female cadets. She went on to become a Senior District Officer at Zaka and Nuanetsi, where she was 2-i-C to her husband, DC Jim Collins. She was previously based at Que Que, Buhera and Melsetter.

BARRY LENNOX : 1935 ? - 2012

Barry Lennox died of Motor Neurone Disease in Teignmouth, Devon, on 3rd November 2012. He was 77. His beloved wife Jayne had predeceased him.

Barry was one of those special people who leave a happy legacy from each phase of their lives. From his childhood and schooling, from his career in Rhodesia, and from his final years after return to Britain, those who knew him hold warm memories.

He was educated at Dartford Grammar School from 1946 to 1951, and then emigrated to Rhodesia, joining the Native Department, later known as Internal Affairs or INTAF. He did his National Service at Nkomo Barracks and elsewhere, and later became a Vedette in the Internal Affairs National Service Unit during the war period of the 1970s.

Barry served in the Administration and Development sections of Internal Affairs, and one of his many tasks was a mutually rewarding liaison with the Tribal Trust Land Development Corporation (or TILCOR as it was commonly known). In the course of his wider duties he came to know Intaf staff on many of the country?s fifty district stations. His close contact with staff served him well when he eventually became President of the Rhodesian Public Services Association.

While still in Rhodesia he was closely involved with Public Service pension matters, an involvement which continued after his return to Britain in 1980. In May 1981 he was elected to the Council of the Overseas Services Pensioners Association, and eventually became the longest standing member with 27 years service. He strove tirelessly to get the British government to honour its obligations to Rhodesian Government pensioners.

In recognition of all he was doing in the pensions field, he was made an Associate Member of the United Kingdom Branch of the BSAP Regimental Association in 2005.

In the words of his long-time friend, Peter Huson, "Barry was a great guy".


3rd May 2020.  DC Alex Deere MLM was a long serving member of Intaf and passed away at home after a struggle with cancer.  He will be remembered.