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 5 o’clock 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 5 o’clock 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.