The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Sunday 10 March 2013
26th & 27th February, 1947 - Ron sits though an exam and some rather dubious entertainment.
Wednesday, 26th February, 1947
More swotting & practice for Passing Out Parade.
I received a parcel containing digests & a book by J.B.Priestly
called 3 Men With New Suits.
I went on guard at 6 o’clock & spent an uneventful night walking up & down.
Thursday, 27th February, 1947
The day we have been working for during the last two months is upon us. The day of the law exam.
From 8.30 – 12.30 we all sat in the canteen puzzling out the answers of the 10 questions out of 12 we had to answer.
The examination, I thought was not terribly hard though some of the questions needed a little thinking about.
The afternoon was passed by a lecture from Mr Rowland Tims & the evening’s enjoyment was provided by Spinneys in as much as he sold us the Gold Star. Williams and Ingledew gave us a lively time dressing themselves up as wogs: Ingledew playing “In a Persian Garden” while Williams does a dance and entices a rifle sling snake out of a wicker basket. Founded in 1924, Spinneys distributed goods to British nationals in the Near East initially those involved in the Palestine railways. Spinneys is still a major chain of supermarkets throughout the region. I haven't been able to establish what the "Gold Star" refers to unless it was simply a brand of beer!