Category Archives: Carrier platoon

Chaps have to get married to get a spot of leave; stunts on iron rations

                  Sunday 14 – 6 – 42 Dear Mother & Dad The good run of mail I mentioned in my last letter continues.  This week brought some more old letters – yours … Continue reading

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Flying through search lights and on to Casino by train

                  Envelope : Posted by M Campbell Railway Refreshment Rooms Spencer Street (Melbourne) Salvation Army letterhead 2 – 5 – 42 Dear Mother As it may be some days before I am … Continue reading

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Too slow for the convoy, with the war on our doorstep: travelling home on the SS Pundit

        Photos: Dick Lewis                                   Rough weather in the Bight TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 4th April 1942 Dear … Continue reading

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Last letter from the Middle East…and the start of Operation Stepsister

This is a letter to Mr and Mrs Laird whose family were very welcoming to Dad and his mate Graeme Watts on New Year’s Eve and subsequent days in January 1941.  I assume Dad asked them to send it to … Continue reading

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Christmas cake received, Christmas greetings sent and snow arrives

                  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 25th Nov 1941 Dear Mother and Dad Once again the big day of the week comes round and the good run continues – … Continue reading

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Roll call of bottles and a wild ride with the Albury Basher

  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 14th Nov 1941 Dear Mother & Dad We’re back in barracks again – our sojourn in the hills came to an abrupt though not entirely unexpected conclusion on Monday morning – … Continue reading

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Joining a rifle company engaged in road building

                TX 1004 max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 1st Nov 1941 Dear Mother & dad I’m a day ahead of schedule with my letter this week – with the dawn this morning … Continue reading

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The Syria campaign begins

  War diary : first week of the Syria campaign – June 1941 Friday 6th Left Er Rama at 11pm, travelled about 20 miles – very interesting road – one of the seven wonders of the world – marvellous engineering … Continue reading

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Camping amid gum trees – and a damn good feed

    TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF Abroad 31st May 1941 Dear Mother After being detached from the battalion for some time our platoon rejoined them in a new camp today and this evening received quite a … 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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