At eight this morning Ryan & myself collected two prisoners from
the lock-up & took all the kit down into the M.T. yard ready for our
departure to Tubas. We left Nablus in the afternoon perched on top of a lorry laden
with everything from Beds to Basins.
Inspector Coles & Sgt Gregory & a DDT B/C came with us. We wetted(?) the station & put our kit
straight before going to bed.
Monday, 2nd June, 1947
The cook brought around tea for us at this morning.
The station is spotless so we had to make the British Section, which
has been shut up for two years, just as clean.
It meant a great deal of water carrying & scrubbing but by the
evening most of it was done.
Tubas Police Station
This evening I was appointed mess Caterer.
I think when we get settled down the station could be made ideal.
Tuesday, 3rd June, 1947
Up at this
morning again. The mornings and evenings
are quite cool & in the daytime our billet is very cool but outside the
station it is very hot.
Sgt Blanks introduced me to the investigation Branch this
morning. It will be a while before I
master the work but in time I hope to.
As a corollary I hope to improve my Arabic.
The Spinney’s manager arrived today with a few supplies so we wetted
ourselves this evening.
Sergeant Blanks came over this morning to tell us Inspector Pattle
wanted to see the 5 people on a charge.
We trooped over & hung about in the station for about half an
hour, then we were called upon. I was
As is the fashion I believe the accused is marched in without
headdress or arms. I came to a smart
halt before the station Officer’s desk.
He said “ you are charge with leaving your rifle unattended in your
locker” “Yes, sir.” “Do you wish to be tried by me?” “Yes, sir.”
“Have you any excuse?” I offered
as reason my going to the wash room to fulfil its construction. He said this was reason but no excuse. Then followed a brief lecture through which I
swear he was smiling, then he told me he did not want to spoil my record on
such a petty charge. The same happened
to the others.
Wednesday, 28th May, 1947
This morning I relieved Barclay on the Gate Guard from to as he had to go to court.
Swimming occupied the afternoon.
I read in the very hot barrack room this evening. My book is “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by
Inspector Pattel wanted me to take over the job of Sports Groundsman for the pending Sports meeting. I however declined the offer as another chap I know wanted it more than I did. This fellow was on Convoy duties so I took his place.
This is my last day on Gate Guards.
I have talked a great deal with the various T.A.C.s  on with me &
have both increased my knowledge of the language & the country.
Sunday, 25th May, 1947
I was called on this afternoon to escort Mr Proud to Tulkarm and
beyond to the scene of a road accident of the day before involving a police
truck & an army truck. The wreck of
the 15cwt was at Lajjun. The engine and
rear axle were all right the rest was not.
The driver was scratch less, the sergeant beside him had two ribs and an
arm broken & of the four in the back 1 broken arm & a cut eye.
TACs were Temporary Additional Constables drawn largely, but not exclusively from the Jewish community.
Monday, 26th May, 1947
I was up at this morning with B.C. Ryan to go as escort to the military camp at Haifa. We left Nablus at . We took two mounted police,
the witnesses in the case, to the court and then went to Acre to collect the two brothers. We
took them to court where they both pleaded guilty.
Of course the judge was not interested in what they had done with the
weapons so after hearing the “learned council” he sent them each to prison for
9 months. They were both very happy
The examining Magistrate’s court for their civil charges will be set
up on Thursday.
After the court we spent 3 hours walking around Haifa.
This morning I went with the SP to Tulkarm & from there to Camp 22
to see the Brigadier. From there we went
to Jenin where I had lunch while I waited.
The escort duty is not too bad except when I am called upon to wait
for any length of time.
I am supposed to report in the morning at 7.30 but he is never there
until 8.30. I then have to wait in the
recreation room until he requires me.
This may be half an hour or all day.
When we arrive at our destination I have to wait by the car until he
The waiting is the worse part of the job.
Tuesday, 13th May 1947
This morning I was called upon to escort Mr Proud the D.S.P. to
Mr Proud is a very efficient policeman & a strict
disciplinarian. On the latter point
everyone thinks he goes too far but on the other hand he is admired for his
He made the trip very interesting by explaining all manner of things
we passed from plants to ruins.
We lunched “native” in Jenin, then returned to Nablus. In the
later afternoon the S.P. called me out to go to Tulkarm. On the way we met a super streamline car, an
unusual sight on this track. It was a Transjordan car. The
S.P. questioned the driver as to where he had been: “Jiftlich” What was he
doing there? Lunching. Who with?
He did not know so we searched the car & found £200 worth of
artificial silk, contraband.
I have also found a reference to District Superintendent Proud in the following first hand account of the end of the mandate, by Howard Mansfield, a contemporary of Ron's. Mansfield was also stationed at Nablus but I haven't yet managed to link the two of them directly...
"It was not possible for the British army and all its equipment to leave the country in the short time before the end of the mandate, and so to retrieve as much as possible an enclave was set up at the port of Haifa through which the troops and equipment would be withdrawn. Volunteers were called for from the Palestine Police to stay on after the end of the mandate to provide traffic control and security, and I volunteered to stay. Even at that, a large quantity of warlike stores was simply disposed of by driving it over a cliff into the sea. A month before the mandate ended, we received word that we were to withdraw from Jerusalem to Haifa. The briefing was given by the normally taciturn Superintendent, Ian Proud, who was not given to exaggeration. This time his briefing was nothing short of dramatic: the Jews were already taking action to secure the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, even before the partition date, and roadblocks had been set up by both Jews and Arabs on the route we would be taking. We would be travelling in the usual soft-skinned 3-ton trucks but there would be an armoured car escort and we must be prepared to fight our way through...."