Monthly Archives: March 1941

Dear Dad…Have a look at my will

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad  25th.3.1941 Dear Dad I was very agreeably surprised to get your letter yesterday, written while you were in Melbourne.  It’s easy to understand now why I didn’t get many letters in … Continue reading

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Route Marches, diplomacy and meeting with Zincie Jokers

              TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 20th March 1941 Dear Mother Once again I have struck guard duty and so have an opportunity to catch up with my mail.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Christmas, censors, cards, concerts, camels, canteens

TX  1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 11th March 1941 (I believe the sharks got all our Christmas parcels – of course there are sharks and sharks) Dear May At long last we have arrived somewhere in Palestine – … Continue reading

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War Diary  Feb 28 – March 10 1941

  Friday 28th Feb Early shift 6 – 8.  Clean guns shave head and massage with olive oil – good days sunshine – not nearly as severe as expected in Red Sea.  Boys got stuck into the hops in the … Continue reading

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After nearly five months, a bundle of letters

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 10th March 1941 Dear Mother At long last we have arrived some place somewhere from which you’ll gather that though much nearer home we’re still very much abroad.  It’s just a … Continue reading

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Verses by the Durban signaller

This is the ‘pamphlet’ mentioned in a couple of Dad’s letters.  A link to more information about the woman who was known as the Durban signaller was included in my last post.  The copy shared here was sent home to … Continue reading

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