The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 29 July 2013
31st May - 3rd June, 1947 - Ron and comrades move to Tubas and Ron is put i/c the catering...
Saturday, 31st May, 1947
Convoy again today.
The weather is very hot still.
Sunday, 1st June, 1947
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.