The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday, 5 October 2013
14th - 16th July, 1947 - Lost property, new recruits and trouble in Nathania...
Monday, 14th July, 1947
Nothing much happened this morning the Inspector & Corporal went
to Court so I was left to my own devices.
A wallet containing some papers, a comb & 6½ piasters was found
& brought to the station – the finder was an illiterate farmer. The owner's name & address were inside so
he will come in in a day or so.
This afternoon three older B/Cs were added to the station
strength. B/C Humphries who has just
returned from his N.C.O’s course in Jenin is being made up very shortly. The other two B/Cs Roughton and Kirk are old
members at Nablus Foot Police.
Tuesday, 15th July, 1947 Nothing very exciting again today.
Wednesday, 16th July, 1947
I went to Nablus Magistrates Court this morning to hear the
examination of the charge of manslaughter against a youth accused of killing
his father. A witness from Nazareth did not arrive so the hearing was adjourned.
I heard today of the struggles in Nathania. The place is just being uprooted in the
suspected fruitless efforts to find the missing policemen.
Nathania Main Road - see below for information
regarding this photograph
Floors are being torn up, cupboards, doors, windows in fact anything
capable of holding two dead or alive bodies is [broken]. As a corollary a terrific amount of looting
is in progress. A diamond factory was
searched but not even a diamond was found.
Bedrooms are entered at very inopportune times more to the embarrassment
of the Police than the occupants apparently.
 I have no information about this story and wonder if something has happened during the two days that Dad didn't write in his diary. I have subsequently found the story of two Police Sergeants who were kidnapped and murdered  In researching this entry I came upon this website www.palestine1947.co.uk a fascinating collection of photos by the late Harry Charles Farmer, an exact contemporary of Dad's in Palestine. Mr Farmer was posted with the Army - a keen photographer, his photos seem to be of rather better quality than Dad's. The website has been created by Harry's son, C A Farmer but unfortunately there is no email address attached whereby I can ask for permission to use this photo. So I hope he doesn't mind. Maybe C A Farmer will one day find his way to this blog!