British policeman served with Palestine Police in Palestine, 1935-1946
REEL 1 Background in Southampton, 1915-1934: family and education. Recruitment to Palestine Police, c 1934. Recollection of period with Palestine Police, Palestine, 1935-1946: arrival with ten man squad, 1935; incident of one of his squad was murdered soon after arrival in Jerusalem Old City; reason for squad member's murder; initial contact with Bishop of Jerusalem; first role in transport section of Police; small scale attacks on police posts in Jerusalem area, c 1936; incident when Leggatt's police outpost came underfire in Jerusalem area; hunt for Isa Batat, guerrilla in Hebron area.
REEL 2 Continues: casualties Isa Batat inflicted on those hunting him; capture of Batat; transport role running arms and supplies to Tegart forts, late 1930s; story of Leggatt occupying Tegart fort near Safad and how it swiftly ended when he was needed for hockey team; layout of Tegart forts; morale; efficacy of Tegart forts; conditions of service in late 1930s; interest in sport; relationship with local Palestinian population.
REEL 3 Continues: attitude of authorities to socialising with local population; question of military status for German invasion threat, 1942; handling of illegal Jewish immigrants; loading of Jewish illegal immigrants as internees into Patria for internment in Mauritius, 11/1940; account of sabotage of Patria in Haifa harbour by Zionists with great loss of life, 11/1940.
REEL 4 Continues: voyage taking internees to Mauritius, winter 1940-1941 including overcrowded conditions aboard ships, voyage through Red Sea and leisure visit to Ceylon; posting to Tegart fort outside Jericho, c1945-1946; dealing with Zionist riot in Ben Yehuda Street, Jerusalem in which he was injured, 1946; question of seeing little of Zionist campaign because of posting to 100% Arab Jericho.