The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday, 1 February 2014
17th and 18th March, 1948 - Mutiny among the ranks and Ron starts making preparations for departure.
This morning I was called upon to act as
escort to a prisoner who was going for trial before the Superintendent. The Prisoner was a B/C who, about three weeks
ago, flatly refused to go on duty. Both
the duty Sergeant and the Inspector I/C ordered him to go on duty and both
times he refused saying “I’m sick of these Static Guards.”
He was put under close arrest which meant he
lived normally in another room by himself. And all he [his] meals were brought
to him. He came for summary trial before
the S.P. who read him the statements of the witnesses who were called and he
was asked if he wanted to question the witnesses or offer defence. From the way he said this the S.P. thought
the prisoner was as obstinate as ever and was preparing, so he said, to use his
full powers. But the Prisoner then added
that he was ready to resume duties. He
was then sentenced to 14 days pay which is very light.
This morning I was not called on for duty so
I could pass it as I pleased.
Last evening a friend of mine in “Records”
in H.Q. came down to visit me and he bore the welcome news that one or two
friends of mine & myself would be on the boat leaving on the eighth of
April. I now cannot wait until I have
written off the next twenty pages in this book.
This morning a roommate and I exchanged a
case each. He wanted mine as it is
larger than his; I wanted his as it is stronger than mine. I then packed everything in my possession as
a practise pack & I was pleased to note what room I had left.
We drew a kit bag, a large pair of denim
overalls and a pair of sandals in preparation for the boat today. We will have to hand in quite a deal of kit
before we leave here.