The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
6th January ... Ron is still a bit under the weather, literally... but manages to turn out for machine gun training.
Monday, 6th January, 1947
Woke this morning with throat still sore.
Received instruction on T.M.C [Thompson(?)] and L.M.G
[light machine gun(?)]. Also a lecture
on Political Palestine. Mud everywhere but
rain ceased after heavy showers during night.
Very cold wind blowing all day.
Arab tailor measured up K.D. [Khaki Drill] uniform this afternoon.
In spare time left over, Sergeant Cass decided native labour in the
camp was short and that we should build a stone track from the barrack room to
We were told this evening that training uniform would include Denham coat after very cold
morning. This is first time [a] coat has
been used as uniform.
Jebels in Jordan
rain again tonight. I can see this in
the very strong searchlight beam which occasionally passes over our hut on its
journey across the Jebels for three mile radius.  Jebels are rugged hills or mountains created through erosion by water and the wind... 480 7795
John William ‘Joe’ Cass 2/B/Sgt Born 6.8.1926 Commenced service 3.4.1946 PMF
A&T- Gaza 18.5.1948 transferred to Kenya Police; Died 17.5.2007 Information suppliedby Palestine Police Old Comrades Association