This morning there were no escorts to take my prisoners to court. This meant I had to dash around at the last moment trying to get an escort. First I phoned the M.T. section up and they said they would supply a truck right away. I then made haste to the Billet to wake men who had been on duty up to . Such men are excused duty up to about . Those on duty after are excused the whole of the following morning. I managed to get two out of bed who should have been up & dressed. The court starts at nine we arrived about 9.30. We then found that another prisoner was wanted so I took one of the chaps, borrowed Salphit’s car and dashed back to the station to make out another release from prison order for this additional prisoner. I was rushing around all morning on escort duty myself as we could not get enough men to form an escort.
The S.P. payed the station a visit this afternoon, pulled everything to pieces but put a very kind entry in the inspection book. After he had left B/I Pattle decided to give us another lecture but failed hopelessly when B/I Coles came in and told him he should not go down the Sukh.
After the S.P.’s little chat yesterday I decided to start putting my house in order as he promised another visit within a few days when he expects to find everything in the station, and especially my charge register, up to date. I went through the whole of the charge register from the Beginning of the year and filled in all the points that were missing. These are not important points – only such things as “date investigations were completed” “date referred to Magistrate.”
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This afternoon a letter came from Division telling me to make a summary of all the statements recorded in a Road Accident case in which proceedings had been instituted. This is quite a big job and to top it in bold letters was written “TREAT AS VERY URGENT” I immediately set to work on it and by had half completed it. Then it suddenly flashed into my mind that I was on gate guard at . Owing to the shortage of men all employed staff have to do at least one night duty a week. I have been granted the privilege of the as this does not interfere with my work.
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