Lt R.R Maggs, Kenya Regiment and Red Cross


Rupert Rudolph Maggs

Kenya Regiment and African Colonial Forces

Rupert Rudolph Maggs was born on the 22nd June 1914. He spent the early years of his life in Kenya and Norther Rhodesia. In 1937 he was employed by the Rhokana Corporation Limited. The firm was registered in London in February 1923 as the Rhodesian Congo Border Concession Limited. The name was changed to Rhokana Corporation Limited in March 1931. Rupert served the firm with distinction for 20 years and was the Chief Industrial Relations Officer. Maggs was a keen proponent of first aid and won several first aid awards and proficiency badges, including the South African Red Cross Proficiency Medallion, with clasp First Aid in Mining and the Silver British Red Cross Society Overseas Blood Transfusion Service Medallion, with clasp 10th Service.

Below is a short piece on the experiences of Maggs and his career in First Aid.

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Maggs continued to be involved in first aid training for many years. A report dated 1959 recorded, “The competition — the 19th to be held since a Roan team was first awarded the shield in 1941 — has now been won seven times by Rhokana, five times by Mufulira, four times by Roan, and three times by Nchanga. Judges this year were Dr. W.E. Glathaar of Nchanga, Dr. E.R. Hodgson-Todd of Mufulira and first aid gold medallists Mr. R. Maggs of Nkana and Mr. J.J. Kay of RoanIndividual and team tests were completed, and both doctors commented that the general standard of first aid was good, though certain mistakes were too common. Prizes were presented by Mufulira’s Acting General Manager, Mr. C.A. O’Connell. First aid, he said, was only one of the facets of the overall safety procedure and policy on the mines, but it was a very important one” (Horizon: The Magazine of the Rhodesian Selection Trust Group (1959), p. 34)

With the onset of war in 1939 and at his earliest opportunity, Maggs enlisted into the Kenya Regiment as a Private and was issued the Regimental number 40013. Keen to do his bit for King and Country he attended an officer training course and was in due course commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the African Colonial Forces Section, General List, Infantry, with effect from 19th September 1940. Promoted to Lieutenant he served until 1943 when he had to relinquish his commission on account of a disability. This was effective 20 October 1943.  (Supplement to the London Gazette of 12 March 1946, p1330) and (Supplement to the London Gazette of 25 May 1945, p2659)

With his time in the Forces over, Maggs resumed work with the Rhokana Corporation and at some time after that he met and married Margaret Mary. With the war over and the world returning slowly back to normality. Rupert and Margaret found themselves in South Africa. It was here that their fist child was born. David was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 22nd November 1945. 3 years later in 1948 their Daughter, Helen Barbara was born. 

Maggs was very involved with the British Red Cross and was awarded the South African Red Cross Bronze Medallion (Northern Rhodesia Chamber of Mines reverse) in 1950,1951,1952 and 1953. He was also awarded the South African Red Cross Silver Medallion (Northern Rhodesia Chamber of Mines reverse) the date of this award is still to be confirmed.

At the age of 77 years and by now a widow, Rupert met and married his second wife, Gertrude Ethel Maggs (nee Dreyer) on the 11th April 1992. She was born on the 12th March 1916. By this time, Mr and Mrs Maggs lived in retirement at Unit 4, “Villa Grace,” Freeland Park, Scottburgh in Natal. Scottburgh is a small, quiet little town on the East Coast of South Africa approximately 45 minutes travel time from central Durban.  After 4 years of marriage Rupert passed away at the age of 81 years. This happened on the 27th May 1996.

Maggs’s widow, Mrs Gertrude Ethel Maggs, passed away aged 88 years, in Alexandra Park, Scottburgh on the 30th August 2004.

This is a perfect little research project for the person with time on their hands. I believe that there is still a lot more research to add to the very interesting story of Rupert Maggs.

A very attractive medal group which is court mounted. The WW2 medals have been privately engraved in a very neat style as can be seen in the photographs. The Red Cross Medals are engraved as normal.





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