The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
24th - 26th March, 1947 - Pay roll escort duty, Arabic lunch, a gazelle and Ron's first impressions of the Sukh...
Monday, 24th March, 1947
I was up with “the lark” this morning & reported to the P.W.D at . Myself
& another B/C & a truck with a Palestinian driver were to act as escort
to the P.W.D pay truck. We left Nablus at & went tearing over the country paying all the labourers. For each job a labourer does he receives a
card on which his payment is recorded.
He gets paid every fortnight or at the end of the job. 99 out of every 100 sign for their pay with a
red ink thumb print. For lunch we were
given chicken with a dish or Arabic bread spread with fried onions. It was very nice even though eaten with our
fingers in a field. As the Arabic
foreman said “This is how Henry VII liked
to eat chicken” he had seen the film in Cairo. I saw my
first gazelle this afternoon bounding up the mountain side. No spare rounds. We were given coffee & cigs at almost
every stop we made. We got back at , in time for dinner.
Tuesday, 25th March, 1947
A lovely day.
I was not called upon for any duties until when I went on guard.
This duty from 12 to 6 was quickly passed, I do not remember it
passing quite so quickly before.
Wednesday, 26th March, 1947
I came off guard & went to bed but I could not sleep as I felt
At we were
paid. I have saved £10 out here so far.
In the afternoon Graham & I went into Nablus & down the Sukh.