Category Archives: gambling and drinking

Surprising capture of a French sniper

      Written in pencil – barely legible (scan is much clearer than the actual document) – was not able to rotate image before inserting.         TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd battalion AIF Abroad 10th … 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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Cakes, chocolates and other delicacies…with disastrous after effects

  TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 26th April 1941 Dear Mother Since I wrote you last Sunday many amazing things have happened, not least of which has been the delivery of multitudes of parcels.  Late on Sunday … 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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War Diary: Durban to the Red Sea Feb 1941

  16th Feb At sea again. Picked up rest of convoy from Cape Town.  Two ships – Highland Chieftain and Highland Princess – stayed at Durban.  Two others joined us (Orbita & Nieu Holland).  Had haircut and got head shave.  … Continue reading

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Glasgow to Durban aboard the Nea Hellas

January 12 – February 10 1941 There are no letters from this period, although Dad mentions writing them many times in his diary.  Diary entries for this period are as follows: 12th January Sailed with the tide at dawn.  Land … Continue reading

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Somewhere in England June 1940

  Letterhead: YMCA – including instructions on how to address mail, and the invocation to Write Home First TX 1004 Gunner Hickman 1st Antitank Regt AIF Overseas Somewhere in England Dear Mother At long last we are on terra firma … Continue reading

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