Category Archives: gambling and drinking

Scarce writeable news – of food, friends and a variety of rackets

  6th August 42 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letter of the third last Wed, together with one from Ivy and a parcel from Anne – two tins (scallops I think) – there’s no labels on them … 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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Plenty of mail, regimental hooey, dangerous drinks and instruction in the use of pick and shovel !!

TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 24th Sept 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Your welcome letters of the 18th August and sixth of September came in today.  The 18th August had evidently been held up.  In addition to … Continue reading

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Moving north, into French Barracks outside Tripoli

TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 17th Sept 1941 Dear Mother & Dad On Saturday yet another page of 33rd history was written when we came into barracks and it is from a magnificently appointed second storey suite … Continue reading

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Events on the various fronts…almost too good to be true

  TX 1004 ML Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF Abroad 10th Sept 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Your welcome letter of 24th August arrived today.  I’m glad to know you’re both fit and well.  The last letter I had was written … Continue reading

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A parcel with scallops – hoping they’ll go the rounds

    TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 2nd Sept 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Once again I write hoping to find you happy and well as I am at present.  I am writing a little earlier than … Continue reading

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Durban… Shrapnel Valley…. Beirut

  TX1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 31st July 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I received your very pleasant letter of the 14th yesterday and am glad to know you are both well again.  the matrimonial business is certainly … Continue reading

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