Category Archives: escapades, relaxation, fun and games

Fun and Games away from the parade ground

                                  30 – 5 – 43 Dear Mother & Dad I’ve got three quarters of an hour before Church Parade so will make a … Continue reading

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Six weeks’ leave: the best break ever

                                          Using Salvation Army letterhead –  gaps filled in as follows – From no….TX 1004    Name….Hickman ML   Unit…. … Continue reading

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A new cook, night time snake drama and a long distance debate

    TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd Platoon 25th Brigade 15th Jan 43 Dear Mother & Dad Just a few lines hoping to find you happy and well and enjoying life.  Mail has been very light on this week for … Continue reading

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Christmas in New Guinea: two letters

                TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd Platoon 25th Brigade 25th Dec 1942   Dear Mother & Dad As you have probably already noticed I’m writing this letter on Christmas day and I suppose … Continue reading

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More or less grounded; rumours emanating from the top, a dire shortage of paper and a bolt disappears into chest hair.

                      TX 1004 Max Hickman 33rd Platoon 25th Brigade Carrier Group AIF NG 21st Oct 42 Dear Mother & Dad Strange as it may seem the address is the same … 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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Separated from the unit…and a glorious end to our stay in Queensland

5th September 42 Dear Mother & Dad Just a few lines hoping to find you happy & well and enjoying life to the fullest as I am at present.  Our Section has been detached from the unit for a few … Continue reading

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I’d like a drink myself but won’t be in this queue racket: back in ‘doover’ bivouac, awaiting movement orders

  SALVATION ARMY paper 28 August 42 Dear Mother & Dad It was pay night last night so tonight nearly all the mob are at the canteen (camp canteen) on the hops and except for the occasional crackle of the … 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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A construction challenge, cafe comedy and a ‘real’ circus.

                11th July 42 Dear Mother & Dad The rains seem to have set in for the day so we’ve retired to the tent for a while.  I’m in charge of a little … Continue reading

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