The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday, 27 July 2013
27th & 28th May, 1947 - Ron's on a charge...!
Tuesday, 27th May, 1947
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.