The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
31st March and 1st April, 1948 - Coffee with a pianist but no news on "the list"
Again it was raining this morning when the
time came for us to go to work. We
accepted the truck however and when we reached the “C” zone gate by Barclay’s
Bank we got out and went into a café for coffee and a smoke.
I take a book to read on duty and this helps
to relieve the boredom. One of the
clerks is an amateur pianist and in conversation he mentioned that he is
studying Beethoven “Pathetic Sonata;” this I found interesting for it was the last
piece I was playing before leaving home so long ago. I should like to get back to the piano again
and would be one of the things possible if I could get a job at home or near
 Sonata Pathetique remained "Dad's piece" throughout his life
I feel rather in low spirits as I write this
for I am beginning to think the list of names for the boat on the 8th
does not include anyone from the Guard Section.
Also I have heard it rumoured that those other stations who have B/Cs
who are going have been notified to this effect. This would account for the absence of any
list in this section. I am still living
in hopes but the plans that were first made must have been altered again; a
thing very common in the administration of this force.
The Sergeant has just been in and he says as
far as he knows no list has been published as yet but it is expected
tomorrow. So the rumours go on.