Category Archives: Carrier platoon

Moresby not a bad little place but the jungle an incarnation of hell

    TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd platoon Composite Carrier Group NGF New Guinea 25/9/42 Dear Mother & Dad Just a few lines to let you know I’m still happy in the service and quite fit and well and hoping … Continue reading

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Don’t take too much notice of what you read in the papers

  19th September 42 Dear Mother & Dad After nearly a month without news it was good to get the mail today.  Your letters of the 31st and seventh and two from Youngster written on the 1st and 8th of … Continue reading

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The colonel gets a surprise dunking and laughs with the rest

                            24th Aug 42 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letter of the seventeenth on Friday.  Sorry to hear that dad has the gout again … Continue reading

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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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