The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 30 September 2013
3rd - 7th July, 1947 - One or two real cases for Ron to tackle...
Thursday, 3rd July, 1947
Sargeant Blanks took Ryan out for a Patrol this morning they went into
unfrequented land towards Yasid
village. Up in the hills they found a
small field of tobacco growing. This
illegal practice is not common so made a nice find for our gallants. They may even bring in a small reward from
the meagre customs.
Insert: small double negative of owl and person
[I've no idea why this was inserted into the diary at this point... Maybe Dad just wanted to keep it safe - Don't know who it's of either.]
Friday, 4th July, 1947
My biggest case yet was reported this morning.
6 armed men attacked the two complainants who were coming from Trans
Jordan with two horses laden with contraband.
The robbers took the horses & goods & made off with them. We have caught one but not found the others
Saturday, 5th July, 1947
I wrote up yesterday’s case today.
In a big station it is imperative to finish off a case file not let it
drift for a day as is possible in a seven case a month station.
Sunday, 6th July, 1947
On the whole there has been plenty of work to occupy me during this
This evening McShannon, Ryan, Blanks & I went on ambush
patrol. We just missed 5 contraband
laden horses as the party had an advance guard who was challenged before it was
realised a larger party followed. Monday, 7th July, 1947
The real summer is here I should judge by the increased heat of late. I perspire almost continuously.