Category Archives: guard/ picket/ orderly room duty

Quite an eventful week in a modest sort of way

                              13th June 1943 Dear Mother & Dad After quite an eventful week in a modest sort of way Sunday strikes a particularly quiet note and … Continue reading

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A scrounging expedition with a tragic/ comic ending

                            6th June 1943 Dear Mother & Dad I’m writing from a Guard tent – a very drab and uninspiring place to write letters but as I’ll … Continue reading

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Three years since leaving Sydney – seems more like twenty

                      TX 1004 Sgt Max Hickman 2/33rd Battn AIF 7 May 43 Dear Mother & Dad Your welcome letter of the 2nd arrived this morning – quite good delivery, isn’t … Continue reading

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Better tucker, Aussie beer and tinned Tassie apples

              TX1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 18 Oct 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I’m certainly on the crest of a wave with mail – letters, parcels and papers.  Eight Aussie letters and … Continue reading

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A mail bonanza, but snowed in with barrack duties

              TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 9th Oct 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Your welcome letters of the 15th and 22nd of Sept arrived yesterday along with two of similar dates … Continue reading

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Half our money is spent supplementing army rations

  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 3rd October 1941 Dear Mother & Dad Just a line or two hoping to find you happy and well as I am at present.  Our letter mail is a bit late … Continue reading

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War Diary March 21 – April 14 (Easter Monday) 1941

Friday 21st Wrote some letters during morning – afternoon ceremonial parade – marched to Brigade – welcome for Brigadier Baxter-Cox – a good show.  Long march back with fixed bayonets at attention – 1 1/2 miles.  When we got back … Continue reading

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Route Marches, diplomacy and meeting with Zincie Jokers

              TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 20th March 1941 Dear Mother Once again I have struck guard duty and so have an opportunity to catch up with my mail.  We’ve … Continue reading

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War Diary  Feb 28 – March 10 1941

  Friday 28th Feb Early shift 6 – 8.  Clean guns shave head and massage with olive oil – good days sunshine – not nearly as severe as expected in Red Sea.  Boys got stuck into the hops in the … 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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