The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
5th - 7th November, 1947 - A change of beds, Ron recognises some home truths about his work and enjoys the cinema showing...
Wednesday, 5th November, 1947
I had my second cholera injection at this morning and felt no effect from it at all
My bedstead was changed today for a very strong one.
Leaving work at I returned to the billet to find the engine had failed so that there
were no lights. Proceeding to the
Hurricane Lighted dining room I carried my rifle vertically by the trigger
guard on my right side. Sgt Graham came
out of the dark on my left and asked me where my rifle was. I escaped as I had mine but many other chaps
were not so fortunate & were placed on charges. He received a bad chit over the inspection
yesterday & I suspect he is trying to curry favour with the powers that be
by tightening up on the arm carrying rules.
Thursday, 6th November, 1947
The Khutheh brothers are still in court. Today the case was adjourned until Saturday
when the court intends to visit the scene of the crime as the witnesses are not
clear enough in their accounts of the incidents. It is rumoured that when Conway goes the B.C.“I” in the Urban will replace him
& I will go on a B.C. “I”’s course in Jerusalem. I hope so
in a way. It would be too much for me to
take over the Rural “I” branch. A really
competent man is required. I have
reached the conclusion that a B.C.“I” to be any good has to work to a terrific
system & have an enormous memory for detail.
Friday,7th November, 1947
The remarkable thing about the Friday evening cinema show in the Club,
is the fact that although the defects in production are a regular feature the audience
never lessens in density and never fails to see the funny side when the
gremlins in the sound box gives a soprano a Basso Profundo voice.
This evening Esther Williams was the attraction playing a non swimming
roll in “Hoodlum Saint.”
 Esther Williams was a competitive swimmeras a teenager and later became a Hollywood actress - many of her roles using her swimming skills...