Jerusalem, and the Police head quarters there, was the
destination of a party including myself as escort, sent to collect the half
yearly District Stores.
How a driver can find his way through the veritable maze of barbed
wired roads I cannot imagine.
There were police checks everywhere with pill-boxes at every corner
& stationary armoured cars at principal cross roads.
I did not see as many soldiers as I did last time only one or two at
some check positions.
Wednesday, 30th April 1947
I was free from duties today but had to stand by as an available in
case something unexpected turned up.
Thursday, 1st May 1947
This morning at I took part in a road check outside the station. One or two contraventions were taken
otherwise the check was uneventful.
Friday, 2nd May 1947
Off duty today.
This means I had nothing to do but lie on my bed and read.
This makes the time drag, as the assortment of books I at the moment
have does not improve matters.
Saturday, 3rd May 1947
The close thundery heat is upon us again making conditions rather
irritable. The flies seem to revel in it
& swarm everywhere. I am not on duty
again today. Personally I would rather
be on duty as the time drags when one stays in the billet with very little to
occupy the mind other than reading. I
have just bought Shaw’s “Man & Superman” and “Major Barbara.”
Sunday, 4th May 1947
Today starts a week of convoy duty for Bicknell & me.
Exposed to the Sun’s heat in the back of the truck am expecting to be
very sunburnt by the week’s end.
There was a very heavy storm this afternoon with hail &
thunder. The hailstones ¼ of inch.
This was not as it some
[soon?] became evident, a very pleasant journey as although the road to Jiftlich
is very rough in places, which was emphasised by the empty troop carrier truck
, it was preferred to the smooth dusty sand of the road running parallel to the
Jordan to Bey San. The clouds of dust
choked & blinded those of us on the back of the truck so that we had to tie
our handkerchiefs around our faces bandit style. The dust track gave way to the roughest road
I have as yet travelled and which we feared would tear the new truck to
pieces. On arriving at our destination
& fulfilling our business there we obtained permission to return to Nablus by the main road which lay through some Jewish
I received my pay today and hopes for ‘I’ Branch.
Bey San or Bisan is now known as Bet She'an and was allocated to the Jews under the Partition arrangements at the end of the British Mandate.