The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Friday, 24 January 2014
5th and 6th March, 1948 - Rain and pain - Ron ends up in hospital.
It rained all last night so we were not very
pleased when any vehicle wanted to enter or leave the zone as we had to leave
the reasonable dry of the sanger and open the gates for them.
The wind has changed its direction and
instead of clearing the smoke from the sanger is now filling it up. We did a sample of hole blocking and opening
other hole to allow an exit for the smoke.
This was with some success.
I have had intermittent pains in my stomach
for the last couple of days. These I put
down to indigestion possibly from acids from a bad tooth. They have not improved so this afternoon I
went sick. The sergeant went off the
deep end about it saying I should have gone sick at the proper time. He said it was inconveniencing not only him
but the guard duties, the duty driver and the hospital staff. In fact disapproval was registered only by
I was taken to the local military
hospital. Two doctors heard my story and
thoroughly examined me. They came to the
conclusion I could bear watching so put me in bed. The sister told me I was to have nothing to
eat as my case was one of queried appendicitis.
At all hours of the night orderlies who are
in the R.A.H.C. came into the ward to take my temperature and pulse. I did not sleep before as the strange
surroundings and my sitting position in bed do not encourage sleep.
At this morning I was
wakened and given a bowl of hot water so that I washed myself. I then had a cup of tea and two orderlies bed
bathed me. (Yesterday I was given an
enema but since I have had no motions.)
The pains in my stomach were still present and increased a little this
Two Policemen have come in during the day
with bullet injuries. A Palestinian Arab
this morning was shot in the arm he is now proudly exhibiting the bullet
Military hospital in Israel, 1948 source: wikimedia http://bit.ly/1hss9Hn
extracted from his arm. An Englishman
came in this evening shot in the stomach, he has hardly moved yet but I am told
the wound is not serious.