The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
10th - 15th October, 1947 - Ron's on leave and the country boy learns a thing or two on his Lebanese adventure...
Friday, 10th October, 1947
Saturday, 11th October, 1947
Sunday, 12th October, 1947
Monday, 13th October, 1947
I went to court this morning prepared to give evidence against ABU
TIYIB the fellow I arrested while I was in Tubas. He was brought before the Magistrate and
after he had been charged with the possession of 25 cartridges he pleaded
guilty. He was then fined three pounds.
I rushed back to the station, prepared a leave ticket for my 14 days
then I changed into civvies and finished packing.
As there was no truck going to Depot Jenin my first stop, I had to go
In the depot met Bob Matthews and in the evening we went to the camp
There were five of the Beirut Party assembled in Depot Jenin not one
of whom I knew. We spent the night in an
empty hut with the two blacks we were provided with.
Tuesday, 14th October, 1947
Up at 5 this morning we had our breakfast which was very poor then
travelled by truck to Haifa. We collected £10 in advance of our wages and
£4.850mils ration allowance.
We had a much better breakfast in the temporary mess built since the
Police Headquarters were blown up. The damage
done was very extensive to the MainBuilding and all the Jewish shops and cafes nearby were damaged, some very
Leaving Haifa, we were escorted by an armoured car to the border
post of Ras El Naqura where our passports were checked. We then passed through into Lebanon. A little
cafe near the Post afforded an excuse for a beer each.
We followed the coast road through country similar to Palestine. A road
block had been set across the road at the first village we reached and a mob
swarmed around. This was in protest as…
Wednesday, 15th October, 1947
…they had not had any bread for two days. On finding we were English I heard one man
shout “French, Germans, English – they are all the same.”
Beirut was at first a disappointment as I was expecting
quite a European air about it. It is
quite a large city full of large buildings which are the cause of narrow
streets and a general dirty atmosphere.
A cosmopolitan city, our hotel proprietor is Greek & speaks eight
languages. The Hotel is situated right
on the Seafront and affords quite a good view.
The sea front is not good as it is very rocky with no beach. Casinos & Cabarets dot it at
intervals. Construction is in progress
along most of its length.
Ron's on Holiday suddenly there's lots to write!
This evening I went with three others to see what on behind the lights
of “Follies Bergers” a typical brothel.
Four women leapt upon us on making our entry and made no bones of their
profession. Requesting me to stay the
night one of them exposed herself to prove she was clean. We were persuaded to buy each of them a
brandy and then we left in disgust.