Category Archives: Britain

Vindication for some, vengeance for others

  TX 1004 Private M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 1st May 41 Dear Mother I’ve had four letters this week – all very newsy and interesting and all written around Easter – Youngsters on the 10th, yours on the … Continue reading

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Adventures in Glasgow January 1941

TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad Dear Mother Once again we are on the move whither only God and the powers that be know – but anyhow we’re moving. The last month has been one of the … Continue reading

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Winter and the boredom of barrack room soldiering

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 16th Dec 1940 Dear Mother Though there is precious little to write about I’ll send a few lines trusting they find you well and happy as I am at present.  Apart from … Continue reading

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I’m engaged: a letter to May

                                                11th Dec 1940 Dear May I suppose Mother has told you that I’m engaged to a … Continue reading

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Visit to the dentist, then two days’ pay for one feed

TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 24th Nov 1940 Dear Mother I have just come back from the Dentist – a cheerful subject to start a letter however such is the condition of news – decidedly light on.  … Continue reading

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Six days’ leave in Scotland – at last!

TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 10th Nov 1940 Dear Mother This should be the best letter I’ve ever written because I’ve just come back from six days’ leave in Scotland.  It was the best holiday I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Snail mail and expensive gifts: that safety pin is part of the dress

27th Oct 1940 Pte M Hickman TX 1004   Dear Mother I had an airmail letter from youngster yesterday sent via USA.  It was a very newsy and interesting letter but contained some very surprising information.  Firstly it’s almost incredible … Continue reading

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Moving north to winter barracks

14th Oct 1940 TX1004 Private M Hickman 72nd Battn 25th Brigade AIF             Dear Mother I received your very welcome letters of the 27th August and 3rd September on Thursday and today respectively and two … Continue reading

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With the Rough Carpenters…in the comfort of the YMCA Marquee

29 Sept 1940 TX1004 Private M Hickman 72nd Battalion 25th Brigade AIF Dear Mother We have just been dismissed for the day.  This morning for the first time in my life I attended a Roman Catholic church service.  There are … Continue reading

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You blokes were only soldiers….letter to ‘Bert’

11th Sept 1940 TX1004 Private M Hickman 72nd Battalion 25th Brigade AIF Dear Bert Just a line from Blighty to let you know we’re still afloat. We had a great trip over on the Old Mary – she’s a wonderful … Continue reading

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