The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday 25 March 2013
14th - 16th March, 1947 - Escort duties continue then to local Cinema and sight seeing...
Friday, 14th March, 1947
This morning commencing dull & oppressive developed into heavy
rain from 8am to 12 midday.
During this time I was on escort to a Ford 2 car carrying a B/C on the
first part of his journey home on compassionate leave. This took us to Ramle just south of Lydda
On the Main road I saw my first signs of Martial Law. At every second telegraph pole a ‘Bren’
position has been set up along the road, which is buzzing with army trucks
& cars, four of the former we saw over turned in the side of the road. Every truck that passed us sent up a shower
of mud after it which gave the windscreen wipers great pleasure in smearing
evenly over the window. The driver had
to get out and de-mud the screen at one time.
A fine day on which I was not called upon for duty. I spent the time reading and answering
In the evening I decided to sample the Wog* Cinema. It was only the width of the screen but quite
a respectable length. We “honoured” the
cinema by sitting in the best seats, wooden benches which were otherwise
unoccupied. The cheaper seats were quite
full. The two films shown were “South of
Cata Fey[Santa Fe]” & “South Carolina” both Cow Boy.