The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday, 3 February 2014
19th and 20th March, 1948 - Spring in the air, thoughts of home
The cold weather is gradually leaving us now
and this morning saw brilliant sunshine.
Bob Matthews my old school friend is still
here and occasionally we wander about the colony together. He spends a lot of his time up with me and I
find him good company. There is quite a
deal of competition as to who will reach home first. The standing joke is that the first one of us
to reach home will spread marvellous tales about the life out here and he will
have to pay enormous sums of “Hush” money to the other on his return in order
to perpetuate the story.
We are all wondering whether or not the
decision on America’s part to abandon
partition will have an adverse effect on our going home.
I see on the detail for next week’s duty
that once more I am assigned to the Public Works Department Work Shops. This will be about the fifth time I have had
this guard. It will be different in as
much as the partnership of Barclay & myself will be broken, the first time
since our arrival in Jerusalem.
This evening I went to the local “Regent
Cinema” to see “Dr Jeckyll & Mr ydeHydeHHyde.” I had never read the story or seen the film
before and found it exceptionally well played and the photography well done.