The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday 10 February 2014
29th and 30th March, 1948 - Cold "statics" continue but anticipating the "list" and sketching helps to keep the spirits up
The weather is still changing from day to
day; yesterday it was warm sunshine while today the sun has broken through the
clouds on only two or three occasions here.
In the Admin. General’s building it is inclined to be cold and when on
duty there it is often necessary to put one’s book down and walk about to get
We were told today by a sergeant that the
list of names of those persons on the next boat would be published
tomorrow. He also said that the date for
these people to leave the camp had been brought forward to the 5th
from the 6th.
We still go to the local cinema twice a week
as this breaks the monotony of the Barracks.
This morning although it was drizzling with
rain my duty friend and I decided to walk to work. We decided this as the truck was without a
cover and we would therefore get wet if we went by truck, also the
Administrator General’s office does not open until 8am so that we should have
to stand out in the rain and wind for an hour.
By walking we used a half hour of this time and in the rest of the time
we went to the Central Police Station for a cup of tea. The offices are very cold; no form of heating
being supplied by the Government. We
have another way of passing the evenings now.
We do sketches copied from Disney’s Cartoons. These are not first rate of course but they do pass the time away and open up new channels of thought and therefore