Monday 22 April 2013

7th & 8th April, 1947 - A Trip to Jerusalem and a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Monday, 7th April, 1947
I was on duty from 12 midnight to 5 o’clock this morning on a Road Patrol with Jock Reilly.  We intercepted several people & vehicles but did not find anything to make our first arrests on.

Tuesday, 8th April, 1947
Today I was on duty at 6am as escort to a prisoner who was being taken to Jerusalem to be tried at a Military Trial on a charge of being in possession of a pistol & 5 rounds.
He pleaded guilty so the trial was short.  The Lt Colonel, Major & Captain pronounced a sentence of 6 years imprisonment.  The accused had two previous convictions.

After the trial Barclay & myself wandered around the city.  The New Part is quite pleasant except for Barbed Wire everywhere.  After lunch in an Arab restaurant we met one of the three Palestinian Inspectors we had come with.  We went with him into the old city in the Sukh.  Here we paid a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,  The chapels in it are most resplendent in ornament and jewels.  On the right of the place where Christ’s Cross stood is a statue of St Mary & its ornaments are 
valued at £2,000,000.  The entrance to the Holy Sepulchre is so low anyone entering must bow low.  Although still partially in ruins from 1927’s earthquake the church which embodies 4 sects of religion is magnificent.

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