Category Archives: Letters to/ from others

The comfort of a Chev sedan on race day in Beirut

    TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 27th August 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I received your very welcome letter today – a day earlier than the usual delivery & you certainly tricked me with the handwriting … Continue reading

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Lots of love: a letter from Glasgow, nearly 4 months in transit

Letter from Billie Laird Billie Laird was the young lady who invited Dad and his friend Graham Watts to her family home in Glasgow on New Year’s Eve, 1940.  ‘The boys’ saw quite a bit of the Laird’s in the … 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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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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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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Birth of the 72nd Battalion Carrier Platoon 27th June 1940

The first of many re-0rganisations From The Footsoldiers (p7): …”The last of the British troops were evacuated (from Dunkirk) on 18 June.  Most brought their rifles and personal equipment but transport and guns and tanks were lost.  This was the situation … Continue reading

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