Monthly Archives: February 1941

War Diary: Durban to the Red Sea Feb 1941

  16th Feb At sea again. Picked up rest of convoy from Cape Town.  Two ships – Highland Chieftain and Highland Princess – stayed at Durban.  Two others joined us (Orbita & Nieu Holland).  Had haircut and got head shave.  … Continue reading

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at sea post Durban: the crime of baldness

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad (at sea) Dear Mother Once again we’re at sea after four days at Durban.  I told you in a letter posted in that city of our arrival there and of my … Continue reading

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A good look round Durban

                            TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 13th Feb 1941 Dear Mother After nearly five weeks at sea we’ve arrived at a modern seaport- … Continue reading

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Durban Diary: apartheid, mate-ship and a rifle as big as a daisy air gun

                        Tues 11th Planes from Durban fly over convoy – sun shines hot and early – sea more blue than ever – land sighted – binoculars focus on Durban.  … Continue reading

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A letter from an utter stranger: Flora the jeweller’s assistant

Randles Bro & Hudson Ltd. Jewellery Dept Gardiner Street Durban South Africa 13th Feb 1941   Dear Mrs Hickman No doubt you will be surprised to receive this letter from an utter stranger but I happened to serve your son … Continue reading

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Glasgow to Durban aboard the Nea Hellas

January 12 – February 10 1941 There are no letters from this period, although Dad mentions writing them many times in his diary.  Diary entries for this period are as follows: 12th January Sailed with the tide at dawn.  Land … Continue reading

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