The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Friday 29 November 2013
8th - 12th December, 1947 - Documentation seems to be causing all manner of problems, but the cinema show must go on...
Monday, 8th December, 1947
Nothing very exciting happened today.
I received a letter from court requesting me to return a warrant of
arrest issued in 1945. After looking for
it everywhere I gave up in despair and was beginning to visualise seven days
pay going when one of the Palestinians informed me that the man was wanted for
civil debt. These are held by the
Tuesday, 9th December, 1947
Within the last few days there has been a file purge throughout the
Police world. All files of military
court cases & of a Political nature have been sorted out & sent to
H.Q. I think that the Gov. is afraid the
results of these cases would be a slight on the British abroad if they were
Correspondence files and the like have gone to make large bonfires in
preparation for Exodus.
Wednesday, 10th December, 1947
Thursday, 11th December, 1947
Friday, 12th December, 1947
I volunteered to go on the patrol to Tulkarm to bring the Cinema
Operator to the Club as he is a Jew and cannot travel without escort. We passed three Arab road blocks. By combining to block all the windows and
doors of the “rekky” car with our bodies we managed to hide our passenger and
to prove we were police. If the Arabs
had known we had a Jew on board we would no doubt have had to fight our way