British schoolchild in Liverpool, GB, 1939-1945; policeman served with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1947-1948
REEL 1 Background in Liverpool, GB, 1928-1939: family; education. Recollections of period as schoolchild in Liverpool, GB, 1939-1945: evacuation policy in Liverpool; effect of war on his education; periods of heavy German bombing on Liverpool, 12/1940 and 5/1941; German Air Force attacks on Walton area; targets during May Blitz; landmine explosions and psychological effects; memories of Winston Churchill's speeches; attitude towards German aircrew; his brother's work as bicycle messenger; character of German Air Force attacks after 5/1941; explosion of ammunition train at Breckside Park and Malakhand explosion at Huskinson Dock, 1941; raw cotton blown over Liverpool after Breckside Park explosion; joining Sea Cadet Corps; reaction to capital ship losses, 1941. Recollections of period as policeman in Palestine Police in Palestine, 1947-1948: impact of hearing story of Hebron massacre in 1936; joining Palestine Police, 1946; qualities needed by recruits; preparations for journey to Palestine; journey from GB to Palestine, 1946.
REEL 2 Continues: basic training at Serona Depot, Tel Aviv; posting to Christian Arab quarter in Jaffa; three week transfer to Petah Tikvah; attending horse riding course at Beisan; posting to Hebron and attitude of Arabs; British evacuation of Hebron except for mounted section, 1/1948; move to Kishili Barracks in Jerusalem, 1/1948- 5/1948; patrol work in armoured cars; Arab attack on Jewish area of Jerusalem with truck loaded with explosives, 1948; Jewish attack on Arab lookout post in Jerusalem; effects of loss of control by British authorities, 1948; call out to incident of Arab attack on Jewish convoy near Bethlehem; Arab ambush on Jewish convoy on route to Hadera Hospital; opinion of British policy, 1948; Arab massacre of group of Haganah near Jerusalem; distinction between Stern Gang-IZL and Haganah regarding attacks on policemen; incident of two policemen killed trying to defend car of Arabs mistaken for Jews by other Arabs; opinion of Arab behaviour.
REEL 3 Continues: quality of Arabs forces under British leadership; behaviour of Jews towards British; British police driver shot dead by Arabs in Hebron, 1947; how small number of policemen could clear large numbers of Arabs prior to arming of civilians in Hebron, 1947; evacuation of billet in Jerusalem; in transit camp in Jenin, 5/1948; his reaction to leaving Palestine, 5/1948; loss of British equipment on evacuation, 5/1948; reasons for not joining Malayan Police, 1948.