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F. P. Partridge, Hero of Desert, Wedsin London

Frederick Albert Partridge, former superintendent of police in Palestine and a hero in the 1929 Palestine riots, is to be married shortly. Notice has been given at a London register office of his forthcoming marriage to Mrs. Louise Stern.

In 1929, Partridge, deputy superintendent in charge of the Gaza and Beersheba areas, received reports that a great body of Bedouin tribesmen were entering his district enroute to Jerusalem to join the attacks on the Jews. With no military force at his disposal to check the advance, Partridge took a bold chance and, accompanied only by his Arab attendant, went out into the desert and entered the Bedouin camp.

“I found,” he said afterwards, “they had been told that the Jews were overrunning the Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem, and were desecrating other sacred places. They were boiling with rage, and were intent upon avenging Islam, but I told them that all these stories were untrue, and that the Mosque was untouched. They believed me, and halted in their march.

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