The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 4 February 2013
16th January, 1947 - Ron is out on Cross Country manouvres
Thursday, 16th January, 1947
Fine again today.
Sergeants Palfreman & Blanchard away on a case in Jerusalem. To occupy
the two squads we were sent out on a manouver.
At we were briefed in camp. Six of the forty six were sent on to hide in
a prearranged cave, unknown to the rest of us, at about five miles distant to
the camp on the Horsha to Shafa Amr track.
I remembered this cave from our trip on Sunday. We were split into three squads under squad
commanders nominated by ourselves. Simkiss was ours. We single filed from the camp
at 09.30 and after a fairly stiff cross country march we arrived on the hill
above the cave at 1300 hrs. Our squad
& another were good but the third squad commander lost command of his squad
& arrived in the rear of his squad.
We then went onto another ruin where the commanders were hiking up. Quarry blasting mistaken for advance signal
so it fell through. 20 miles. Am on guard tonight, first guard .
William Ernest Simkiss B/C Born 15.9.1928 service commenced 3.12.1946 A&T Shafr - Bethlehem 12.3.1948