The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Thursday, 26 December 2013
21st & 22nd January, 1948 - Ron's settling into guard duty routine, makes some observations about the locals and contemplates the future..
How quickly one gets into a routine as my life at the moment is. Every day since we started the guards has
been veritably the same. In detail,
small incidents have been different but the order of things is very constant.
The plumbers started on the restoration of our sanitary installations today. The water is now so plentiful that the tank
is overflowing onto the washroom floor.
There was nothing in the way of firing or explosions during the
periods I was on guard today. This afternoon,
so I was told, two Arabs were shot dead on a road which runs parallel to our Static
Point, probably as a result of this tomorrow evening will be more active.
I had long conversations with the R.A.F. Regiment guards on the road
block outside the P.W.D. this evening.
This all helps to make the duties seem shorter, a thing I like very
As this working with Jews is new to me I find it at times rather
embarrassing. In the short time I have
been here I have talked with several Englishmen and several Jews whom I have
mistaken for Englishmen. This mistaken
identity could lead to misunderstandings if one did not guard ones
What pettiness exists between the Arabs and Jews. Arabs refuse to work with Jews because they
are Jews. The Lebanese Govt. announces
their delegation to the Olympic Games will not take part in the Games if the
Jewish Flag is flown.
It is all this dribble that is aggravating the already tense
atmosphere here in the Near
A commission has just arrived here from England to recruit men from the Force into the Police and
Prison Services at home.
I have no idea what I shall do but whatever it is I intend to settle
to it as my career. This is my principle
trouble I do not wish to take employment where I may leave after a year. The job I want, and what it is I do not know,
is one that I can set my heart & brain to.