You should come to the BPPA dinner I would love to meet you. I will firstly add what I know about Tom Wilkin. It’s interesting you say he was born down south as he appears to have traveled to Palestine from Liverpool. His ticket and the passenger list can be found on the Internet. It would appear - if my research is right that as an adult he lived in east Lancashire and was a postman before joining the force. I am going to try and check this with his PP records but as you may know DFID are still being coy about these although they have officially been declassified. He had been promoted and transferred abroad after my uncles death but returned and was seen as a danger to The remnants of the Stern gang due to his clever interview techniques which tricked prisoners into revealing information. My uncle utilised a forensic style but together they borrowed techniques form the 1930s Chicago Police utilising what is now perceived as a discredited “good cop - bad cop” technique. He met his death walking past a tennis court where his two assassins pretended to be playing a game but had revolvers hidden in the undergrowth - they asked him to retrieve a ball and when he walked toward them one assassin picked up one gun and fired multiple shots - quickly followed by the other. He was a potential head of force - steady quiet softly spoken. My uncle was more outgoing and gregarious - a pianist, singer and poet but a tough hard headed and relentless pursuer - who first identified Stern as the brains behind the bombing of a train in Haifa in April 1938 which killed Arabs and two policeman. Inspector Cairns identified Stern , Wilkin, then also an inspector - was present at his death and indeed the man who discovered him hiding in a concealed wardrobe base - contrary to Morton’s account. Morton was sent for by Wilkin upon his discovery and not present at the initial arrest as he claims in his book. Both men are buried in what is now known as the Protestant Cenetary but was previously known as the Bishop Gobec cemetery. The formal chapel now houses the American school. Also buried there is Inspector Ron Barker who died alongside my uncle innthe blast and Arthur Collange, Inspector Cairns’ best friend who died the month before in a shooting and which prompted him to redouble his efforts to bring his killers to justice ( two teenagers one male one female) . They were desperate times for the British police. But what shines through my uncles letters and articles in the PP magazine is the humour and humanity that never left them.
My question to you is: do you still have his medals? If so may I ask if you purchased them off the family direct? I am interested in trying to locate any of his remaining family in GB. I think Tom himself might have had a Jewish fiancé at the time of his death but am unsure about this.