Outside is a demobilised “Pig”; our name for
a peculiar type of armoured car. In this
we can take cover from flying bullets or, as we did this morning, from the wind
and rain. The offices were closed this
morning so our tour of duty was very dull.
The Palace is beside the MamillaRoadCemetery which used to be a
favourite site for Jewish snipers but the army have moved into a building
overlooking this and so of late the dead have been left in piece (sic).
Monday, 5th April,
Those who are on the boat with me handed in
all their issue kit, except that which they need on the voyage, to the stores
this morning. In the camp we were ready
for the transferring of our kit by
Attached to the camp is one 3 ton truck and
one 15cwt truck; as usual the 3 tonner was out of service so we had to use the
15cwt which made several journeys to the central stores.
There, much to our surprise we encountered
no hitches. We made a chain so that six
of us could carry five boxes. These we
took up two flights of stairs and in turn had our kit checked. I was found to be deficient of two pillow
cases, theses were charged against me and the money will be deducted from my
gratuities (4s). After completing this
kit hand in I made a purchase of a collection of photographs  which will make a
nice souvenir of Palestine. I then insured my kit with “Cook’s Agency.”
In the evening I went to the cinema to see
“State Fair” a very good musical comedy film in technicolour.
 I remember seeing these when I was a boy but they seem to have been separated from the rest of Dad's photos... I'll keep looking!