Category Archives: leave

Next deployment… whenever it is, it’ll be too soon (2 letters)

    1st June 44 Dear Youngster Got quite a healthy bunch of letters when we arrived back in camp last night after a three day stunt – four in all.  Yours, dad’s, & one each from Marie & Jack … Continue reading

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Extended leave about to end… two letters from Melbourne

                              23rd April 44 Dear Mother & Dad Just a few lines hoping to find you both happy & well as we are here.  Ivy seems … 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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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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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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