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We've got a spot of work to do

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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 Colonel did not take as serious a view of the situation as was anticipated and accepted openly even if not wholly the defence advanced, but as he pointed out he couldn’t overlook the fact that we had left the camp area without permission and to the tune of the perfectly obvious remark that we were foolish fellows fined us a pound and stopped a day’s pay, making the aggregate penalty 25/6 which amount in the language of the east is considered a cheap night out.  1,294 more words

at sea post Durban: the crime of baldness

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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 first impressions of the capital of Natal – we had two half days’ leave and were able to have a good look round and to have some really good food and good beer.  1,080 more words

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 this afternoon and knowing the army regulations, they are not allowed to give any details of their movements so I offered to write to you as it may be a little comfort to you to know that he has safely landed in South Africa.  951 more words

A good look round Durban

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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- you’ve no idea mother what a wonderful sight the lights of a modern city make after nearly eight months of Blackout.  881 more words

Line(s) of the Day #Scrubs

Dr. Kelso: I saw his chart right before I went to the bakery. He’s got malaria.
Elliot: And you were going to tell him this after you had a sticky bun? 32 more words

Alex Raphael

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

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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.  671 more words

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

29 Sept 1940

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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.  568 more words