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 March 2013
28th February - 2nd March, 1947 Small arms and grenades training, a trip to Haifa and more preparation for passing out...
Friday, 28th February, 1947
At 10.30 this morning we left the camp for a trip to Jenin where we
fired pistol and threw hand grenades.
We fired 10 rounds on pistol, 5 from the hip & 5 from the shoulder
at a No 2 Target.
We finished Pistol just before lunch, which we had in Jenin Camp. I saw Bloomfield who told me he had passed
out in front of D.I. G- and I was now preparing for a passing out Parade before
the High Commissioner this is to be filmed I believe.
After lunch we threw 2 grenades each.
I admit I did not like the thought of this but everything passed
This fine morning we had a full dress rehearsal of the Passing Out
In the afternoon 5 from each truck were allowed into Haifa. Myself
& Graham were lucky enough to go together.
Jock Wilton joined the party & we strolled around Haifa. We had our
photo taken & I bought a snap shot album for £1.500. We went into the Queen’s Bar & had a
drink or two.
Sunday, 2nd March, 1947
Another very fine day. The
morning was spent in last minute “bull-shitting” of equipment for the passing
out parade. Another full dress rehearsal
before the District Superintendent took place this afternoon with the Police
Band playing the march.
This picture is sourced from a website by Pat Byrne, an Irish recruit to the Palestine Police whose own account based on letters he wrote home to his father gives an interesting parallel to Ron's. I haven't been able to contact Pat, to whom I offer my thanks, and don't think the two would have met, despite the fact that many of their experiences took place in the same locations.