The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday 8 February 2014
27th and 28th March, 1948 - Ron's "falling apart" as battle ravages the city and a new static duty commences.
I seem for some reason to be falling
apart. Following my petty effort at
appendicitis I had a raw throat which I still cannot account for. Now this morning, I wake up with my right
knee funny. I think I must have pulled a
ligament in some action of mine. The
trouble is we do not get enough action in the form of exercise. This morning I tried to walk away the
stiffness of my leg by going all around the Colony.
Starting at 5.15p.m. while I was on the
P.W.D. workshops a terrific battle raged until about 7p.m. this battle was started by the Jews and
replied to by the Arabs. Mortars were
used by both sides. The Jews won that
(in inflicting casualties) but later the Arabs trapped a convoy of 30 Jewish
trucks and inflicted many casualties on them.
The trucks formed a circle for defence.
Today I start a new week of duty which I
hope will be my last in this country. I
have not been on this guard before; it is the offices of the Administrator
General and our hours are from 7am until they close, about 1.15pm.
Princess Mary Ave, Jerusalem This was known as Bevingrad and the British used barbed wire to block the road to both Jewish and Arab traffic
All the staff are Jews and the offices are
situated in the once busiest and now the most deserted & desolate street in
Jerusalem, the Princess Mary Avenue. The Street is littered with paper &
broken glass from the shops which once formed the commercial centre of Jerusalem. The futility of civil War is emphasised if
this is needed, by a look at this once beautiful prosperous business &