Category Archives: leave

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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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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The leave lottery, missing Rossy’s wedding – and a crazy competition

                              28th June 42 Dear Mother & Dad I received your welcome letter of the 22nd June last night after we got back from range practice … Continue reading

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