The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
3rd & 4th March, 1947 - Ron Passes Out! and the newly commissioned police constables receive their orders...
Monday, 3rd March, 1947
Today started dull & rather cool compared with the previous
week. We were thankful for this on this
our day of Passing Out as no-one wished to drop his rifle or his body to the
ground as a result of the heat.
We were inspected by the District Super. & we marched past him in
very fine style. I was never before so
moved as I was by opening bars of the march.
We received our postings in the evening. I am for Samaria. This may
mean Jenin Taggart but too near Depot for comfort.
In the late evening free beer & eats were provided & everyone
from the O.C. to Sergs were canned. Eggs
and beer flew like wild fire. We
returned a little the worse for wear but nevertheless happy and content after .
Tuesday, 4th March, 1947
morning we were called for breakfast on the day of our journeying to our posts.
After last minute packing & jumping upon case & box to close
the lids on the crammed contents had been concluded and the kit piled on the
scene of yesterday’s March Past, we were set to await the transport to our new
At 8.30 we set forth along the roads inland. We came to Jenin where the party of 20 was
split into 3. Some going to Tulquarm
and others remaining at Jenin while Graham, Reilly, Barclay, Mountford &
McGill and myself continued our journey to Nablus. Here we
lunched and all settled into one barrack room.
We had a rough survey given us by the Sergeant who then left us to
ourselves. We went for a stroll around
the town and found it very interesting in its two sections, modern & old.