Tag Archives: Ken Jenkins

Goodwill tour, friendly locals, promotion to Acting Corporal

  TX 1004 Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 7th August 1941 Dear Mother & Dad I had half written my letter yesterday when McDonnell came down with a bunch of mail and though most of it was for (Ramon … Continue reading

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By airmail : two items of very bad news

          TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 20th July 41 Dear Mother & Dad I received your letter of the 29th June yesterday and although its news was the worst I’ve had since … Continue reading

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The first important lesson-to keep the head down

    TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 28th. 6. 41 Dear Mother and Dad Just a few lines hoping they find you happy and well as I am at present.  I have had three letters during … Continue reading

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We’ve got a spot of work to do

                TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 5th June 1941 Dear Mother Further to the letters I wrote you and May yesterday, you will be pleased to know that the … 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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at sea post Durban: the crime of baldness

TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad (at sea) Dear Mother Once again we’re at sea after four days at Durban.  I told you in a letter posted in that city of our arrival there and of my … Continue reading

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A good look round Durban

                            TX 1004 Pte Max Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF Abroad 13th Feb 1941 Dear Mother After nearly five weeks at sea we’ve arrived at a modern seaport- … Continue reading

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A letter from an utter stranger: Flora the jeweller’s assistant

Randles Bro & Hudson Ltd. Jewellery Dept Gardiner Street Durban South Africa 13th Feb 1941   Dear Mrs Hickman No doubt you will be surprised to receive this letter from an utter stranger but I happened to serve your son … Continue reading

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Visit to the dentist, then two days’ pay for one feed

TX 1004 Pte M Hickman 2/33rd Battalion AIF 24th Nov 1940 Dear Mother I have just come back from the Dentist – a cheerful subject to start a letter however such is the condition of news – decidedly light on.  … Continue reading

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With the Rough Carpenters…in the comfort of the YMCA Marquee

29 Sept 1940 TX1004 Private M Hickman 72nd Battalion 25th Brigade AIF Dear Mother We have just been dismissed for the day.  This morning for the first time in my life I attended a Roman Catholic church service.  There are … Continue reading

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