The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 20 January 2014
26th and 27th February, 1948 - Sitting down on the job, breaking down, and interesting lists!
Thursday, 26th February, 1948 The weather was very dull today and on several occasions threatened to rain. The guards at work makes a very humorous picture I would say but no doubt if their behaviour was published or conveyed to the Security Council of the United Nations it would be taken in a far from humours vein.
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We now have chairs at our individual posts. One at the gateway to the P.W.D. and another half way along the road towards the Haganah road check. One can see B/Cs sat in various attitudes upon these definite assets to guard duties. The sergeant can be seen patrolling along the road with a smoking pipe hanging from his mouth. This system would no doubt be very much frowned upon by the powers that be if those powers knew.
The start to today’s toil was very
unpromising. The truck on which we are
conveyed to and from our static points broke down only a few minutes from the
Billet. This necessitated our walking
the rest of the distance through the heart of the city. The poor night people we were relieving were
very displeased at the prospects of their walk back. I wonder what comments they made when they
reached the billet.
Yesterday I saw a list of about 20 names,
mine included, of B/Cs under 20 years of age.
I was asked whether I had employment to go back to. I replied in the affirmative as this will
mean I will be among the first to go home next month. From the sample of the employment offered us
here I think I shall gain if I look for my own employment.