The Keith Holshausen Collection

Date of Auction: 16th September 2010

Sold for £420

Estimate: £300 - £350

Three: Field Reservist C. E. G. De Kock, British South Africa Police Reserve, late R.S.M. of the Rhodesia African Rifles Depot

War Medal 1939-45; Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, Southern Rhodesia (B. 6372 P./A. W.O. 1 Cecil E. G. De Kock); Special Constabulary Long Service, E.II.R. (Cecil E. G. De Kock), together with a Southern Rhodesia Rifle Association shooting award, bronze, the reverse engraved, ‘Rfmn. C. E. G. De Kock, Rusapi Weapons Meeting, 1930’, good very fine and better and scarce (4) £300-350


Just 61 Efficiency Medals for Southern Rhodesia were awarded in George VI’s reign.

Cecil Ernest Garthside De Kock, who was born in September 1904, son of the naturalist Captain E. Plewman De Kock, served as Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Rhodesia African Rifles Depot during the 1939-45 War, and was awarded his Efficiency Medal in April 1944 (RGN 402/44 refers). Settling in Selous as a farmer after the War, he joined the British South Africa Police Reserve in the mid-1950s and was awarded his Special Constabulary Long Service Medal in July 1965. He died in 1975; sold with a file of research.