The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Friday 18 January 2013
1st January, 1947 - New Year in Jenin
Wednesday, 1st January, 1947
Today was a holiday in Jenin Camp.
Light showers in the morning.
Most of the day I spent playing Pontoon.
I was about 50mils in. In evening
I went to see the film “Gentleman Jim” a tale of Corbett’s boxing career.
Late in the evening I packed as much as I could ready for our transfer
to Shafa Amr, just north of Haifa.
I met Eric Carter in the Canteen this evening; he is at Jenin Taggart
or Police Station. He has just finished
his training in the camp. He says the
life there is first rate.
Bloomfield is not going with me tomorrow.
I received my first letter from home yesterday & will write
when I find what my new address will be; what a relief & feeling of
satisfaction & content that accompanied it.
 The currency used during the Mandate was the Palestine
Pound, £P, which was split into 1000mils – so 50mils was about 5p… he was a
reckless gambler, my dad!
 Taggart, or more correctly Tegart, was the nickname given to Police Stations designed by Sir Charles Tegart in 1938. They were fort-like constructions of concrete with their own water supply designed to withstand a siege of up to a month. Many were built to the same basic design especially along the border with Lebanon and Syria and at strategic ponts within Palestine.