British NCO served with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1941-1948
REEL 1 Background in Hertford, 1918-1939: family; education; employment. Recollections of period as police officer with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1941-1944: background to volunteering for police after army service, 1941; voyage from GB to Palestine aboard Samaria and Nieuwe Amsterdam, 5/1941; training at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem; relations between Jews and Arabs in Jenin area; incident when police superintendent was killed by Arab civilian, 1941; attitude to serving in Jenin, 1941-1944; start of Jewish insurrection, 1943. Recollections of operations as NCO with Palestine Police in Jerusalem, 1944-1948: posting to Mear A Sharim area of Jerusalem; illegal issue of posters by Zionist groups; death of three CID officers by Zionist booby trap, 1945; ambush of Jewish bus by Arabs at Nashashibi Corner; second Arab attack on Jewish bus in southern Palestine; sight of King David Hotel being blown up, 1944.
REEL 2 Continues: duty at mortuary after King David Hotel explosion; how he obtained his role as personal escort to High Commissioner, Sir Harold McMichael, 7/1944; ambush of Sir Harold McMichael at Kilo 4 near Jerusalem, 8/1944; role as escort to Lord John Gort then Sir Alan Cunningham; memories of Lord John Gort; attending Victory Parade in London, 1945; last posting to Old City of Jerusalem, 1948; effects of illegal Jewish immigration into Palestine; attitude to leaving Palestine, 1948.
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