The Keith Holshausen Collection

Date of Auction: 16th September 2010

Sold for £280

Estimate: £250 - £300

Five: Inspector J. W. “Jack” Bartter, British South Africa Police, late South African Constabulary and Rhodesia Native Regiment, who was wounded in German East Africa in January 1917

British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. J. W. Bartter); War Medal 1939-45; Jubilee 1935; Permanent Forces of the Empire L.S. & G.C., G.V.R. (1218 S, Mjr. John W. Bartter, B.S.A.P.), generally very fine or better (5) £250-300


John Willian “Jack” Bartter, who was born in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, in August 1884, served in the South African Constabulary and the Orange River Colony Police from 1904 to 1909, prior to joining the British South Africa Police in March 1910, and received a High Court Commendation in 1913 for an investigation of a murder in Fort Victoria. During the Great War, he was seconded to the Rhodesia Native Regiment as a Sergeant in May 1916, wounded in action on 29 January 1917 at Kitanda, German East Africa, and commissioned into the 2nd Battalion later that year. Returning to his duties in the B.S.A.P. at the end of hostilities, he was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in 1928 and retired as an Inspector in August 1936, but joined the Police Reserve in 1940, and was later still commissioned in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant to train the Rhodesian Air Askari, at Norton and Thornhill. Also a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen, Bartter died in Salisbury in February 1960; sold with a file of research, including Outpost obituary, confirming his award of the Jubilee Medal 1935, and copied photographs.