The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
2nd and 3rd April, 1948 - Long awaited news leaves Ron strangely cold but doesn't stop him preparing!
Friday, 2nd April,
This morning I went to work as usual and
during the morning my work mate phoned up a friend of his at a nearby station
to find out if he had any news of the boat list.
The answer was yes he had the list in front
of him. He read the list out over the
phone and both my friend’s & my name was on it. I could not believe it was true and could not
wait to read our list in the office. When
I got back I found it to be true, myself and about 20 others from the section
were going to sail on the “SAMARIA” on the 10th.
When I grasped the situation I was
peculiarly unexcited perhaps caused by the long wait and constant rumours.
All of us going paraded at the guard room
this morning for instructions. We went
to the “Records” branch and on to the GovernmentHospital where a form was filled
in to say we were fit for travel to the U.K.
On the way back I called into Cook’s Travel Agency
to get particulars for insuring kit. I
find that if my property is valued at £200 then I can insure it for 21 days at
a premium of £1.30.
This afternoon I repacked all my kit and
sorted out my issue kit for handing into stores on Monday.
We find our names on the duty list for next
week. This was annoying as we still have
oddments to do and availables will have to fill in when we hand kit in.