Letter from Pat Hogan to his father

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Letter from Pat Hogan to his father

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Writes about his daily activities and plans for the weekend. Mentions a medical problem with septic finger. Sates that he has increased his allotment and was enclosing some food ration coupons. Sent from No 1 Embarkation Depot Ransford Melbourne.

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Date

1944-01-25

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Two page handwritten letter

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IBCC Digital Archive

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EHoganPJHoganDH440125

Transcription

[Air Force House Logo]

AIR FORCE HOUSE
53 MARKET STREET
MELBOURNE

[inserted] P.S. I think I mentioned I left that old case out at Miss Neylan's with a few odds & ends in it no hurry though to pick it up. The contents are no good.

436464
Sgt Hogan P.J.
IED RAAF,
Ransford Vic.
25/1/44

Dear Dad,

I'm still around although the time is now drawing very close & in a way the sooner it comes the better for the life out there is beginning to get very tiring & boring. Hanging around half the day on one parade after another & mucking about and being bounced a bit is a pain in the neck after a bit.

Of course we still get mostly every night off & tear around a bit to dances & what have you. They issue lots of invitations to service parties etc. I've been out to Miss Neylan's a couple of times but have always missed Ted. [deleted] Later [/deleted] On Friday night I went on to Ryan's & found everybody well & cheerful.

For the week end I'd planned going to the Valley on Saturday and on to Bacchus Marsh with a pal named Mick Flannigan for Saturday night – Sunday. However as we were standing by to fight bushfires Saturday's leave was fortunately scrubbed.

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2.

I had a little trouble last week with with a whitlow (?). In its early stages I thought it was a festering splinter & went to town with a needle. Consequently on Saturday it had reached immense proportions. Hence after the bushfire scare was over I ambled into the hospital for relief. The Doc had just finished a minor operation & ether fumes were ripe. I don't know whether it was the heat or what but I went out like a light.

They then lanced my finger & got all the muck out of it. It is still fairly tender but is on the mend with daily dressings. I was fairly crook before tea but afterwards recovered sufficiently to have a good time down at the [indecipherable word].

The chief purpose of this letter is to let Marie know that I have doubled my allotment as from Feb 3 rd. Talking of pay remember that if I “go through the deck” I still have Army deferred pay to collect as well as Air Force. Enclosed find some more food ration coupons.

I'm still waiting to know whether either the girls or Jim got transfers.

Young Frank Hogan arrived out here tonight.

Love to all at home.
Pat

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P J Hogan, “Letter from Pat Hogan to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 29, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/31831.

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