The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Wednesday 18 December 2013
17th & 18th January, 1948 - A trip to the "Y" and Ron gets to grips with his smalls.
This morning I went to the “Y.M.C.A.” in the heart of the city. The building is a marvellous construction
with a tower in the centre and domed wings on the main building. I have been told that it was built by an
American millionaire and is the largest Y.M.C.A. building in the world.
I visited the library there and found it to be an excellent collection
of books. Also there is a swimming bath
and a gymnasium but I did not see these.
Also today I learn that we in this camp or billet are to be known as
“The 1st Guards Company.”
Such stupidity on the part of the powers that be must only go to show
that the days of the British as Police in this country are surely finished.
Sunday is never treated as a religious day of rest through the general
mass of the force here, but it is noticeable that a Sunday morning is very
different to any other morning in the week.
There is a general atmosphere of quiet and calm about a room or street
which is not present on a weekday.
For myself today I was very energetic in that I did some washing. I started by washing some handkerchiefs and a
pair of socks and later ventured upon a vest and a towel. I was very pleased with the results of this
labour and as the local laundry is exorbitantly dear I shall continue my
washing in fine weather, of small articles anyway.
A Detail was published this afternoon of the duties we shall all be
on during the coming week. I am with two
others on guard at the Public Works Department’s Workshops.