United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Double Descent (Crown Service BSAP)
This solution arises because your family surname matches a name within the membership list of the British South African Police (or BSAP), and the date of service matches the dates input into your family tree.
A claim for British nationality by double descent is available under this category where:
- a grandfather was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland);
- the applicant was born after 01.01.1983;
- the relevant parent (whose father was born in the UK or Northern Ireland) was born in Rhodesia before independence;
- the grandfather was in service with the BSAP at the time of the relevant parent's birth; AND
- the grandfather must have been recruited for this BSAP service from the UK.
The difficulty that most applicants face is obtaining the evidence of a successful claim. There are good records that cover membership and service records in the BSAP (www.bsapolice.org). However, it is the recruitment in the UK that causes the most problems. However, there are many forms of evidence that one can use - shipping records, recruitment letters, even the timings of age and service dates. The list of members can be found here: BSAP Membership.