The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Tuesday 21 January 2014
28th and 29th February, 1948 - Ron has a few problems getting out of bed...
My friend Barclay and myself were both
called at five minutes to five this morning by the Billet Orderly whose duty it
is to see that all persons on early duties are awake an hour beforehand.
Barclay & I have found that
three-quarters of an hour is ample time in which to perform the early morning
pre-departure necessities. Therefore we
have enjoyed an extra quarter of an hour lay in bed every day this week. However this morning we must have both have
dropped off to sleep again for when I next awoke it was ten minutes to six and
the duty sergeant was wondering where we were.
By omitting all the necessities of pre-departure we arrived on parade
only a few minutes late. Fortunately the
sergeant on duty with us took pity on our late rising and allowed us to use the
N.A.A.F.I. canteen in the R.A.F. Billet nearby our guard post.
I do not start duty until twelve midnight tonight so this morning I lay on in bed until 8
Being awakened by the entrance of the B/C
who had been on night duty I nearly decided to stay in bed after eight for he
told me that it had been snowing spasmodically during the night. It was not enough for it to lay thank
The arrangements for gratuities and
compensations for our pending breaking of contracts was announced
yesterday. I have not yet heard full
details but I think that we or at least myself will receive between £P80 &
Today a notice was published stating that
in future we are not confined to camp only to the zone. This is a better arrangement for we can now
go to the cinema ‘legally.’