The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday 11 February 2013
27th & 28th January, 1947 Ron reports on recent Irgun activity...
Monday, 27th January, 1947
Ron's sister, my Auntie Joyce, and his Mum, Florence Gladys with Biddy and Chang the Pekinese...
Slept from 12 midnight to 4am when I did the second part of my guard. Cold wind still blowing. Received a copy of C.C.O. today. Heard today that at 5pm yesterday a retired British Major in Jerusalem had been abducted by the Jewish Terrorists. Also today 8 of these terrorists, armed,
entered a District court Session in Tel Aviv & abducted the President of
the Court. Unofficially I heard today
that 12 airborne Soldiers had been abducted with a threat that they will be
“Publicly” hung if the death sentence on the captured terrorist is fulfilled.
Had lecture at lunchtime by the Chief Padre of the Palestine Police.
We were told today that the High Commissioner had summoned the two
leaders of the Jews in this country & gave them an ultimatum in so much
that if by 12.13pm tomorrow
the Judge and Major abducted were not returned, certain areas of Palestine would be put under Martial law.
I have reported sick again twice today with no improvement.
This evening the car used in the abduction of the judge in Tel Aviv
was found in North Haifa.