The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 28 October 2013
8th - 11th September, 1947 - A couple of prisoners and a bit of trouble among the sergeants
Monday, 8th September, 1947
The Palestinian Sargeant went to Nablus this morning by truck.
In the afternoon B/C Duck and patrol returned with two prisoners. One was a shop keeper from Aqqaba village the
other a Transjordan Frontier Force Private.
The former was arrested for selling contraband tobacco and
cigarettes. I was present when he was
interrogated & made his statement.
The poor fellow had no hands they looked to be cut off right across from
the second joint of the thumb. What
surprised me most was to see him pick up a pencil with the centre of his palm
and sign his name in much better writing than many fully capable Arabs.
The T.J.F.F. man caused us a bit of bother he created a disturbance
when he was arrested and no-one but Sarg. Blanks knew what procedure should be
adopted as he was a gov employee. Sarg
let the Pal. Sarg. worry for a while then told him.
Sgt Blanks ( Blanchard )
Tuesday, 9th September, 1947
Sarg. Blanks & Ahmad Hussein are still at loggerheads but neither
admits it. All Blanco admits is that
although he hasn’t a face that shows knowledge he has it in his head. No one argues with him but thought put
forward many arguments.
Wednesday, 10th September, 1947
Very much work this morning but I managed to clear up outstanding jobs
by lunch time.
Thursday, 11th September, 1947
Mohd. admitted to me this morning that Sgt Ahmad keeps out the way as
he knows nothing of the work. He has
told Mohd. to do as he likes. This of
course would lead to many complications.