Letter from Pat Hogan to his father



Letter from Pat Hogan to his father


Writes of his activities cycling and going to cinema. Asks him to look up terms of his insurance policy. Speculates on his future and writes about mail received. Mentions Australian prime minister in the news. Catches up with family news.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[date stamp 9 MAY 1944]
Sender’s Address A436464 Sgt HOGAN P.J. RAAF AUSPO LONDON W.C.2 9-5-44
Dear Dad,
For a start I hope you are addressing my mail as above nowdays [sic] for by this time a fair deal of it should have arrived home to you. Things are coasting along much the same as ever with me, so have very little to say for myself. [deleted] Tay [/deleted] Today was rather dull compared to the last few Sundays so instead of going out cycling, Jack Brennan & I went to the pictures. I’ve probably told you previously that pubs and theatres operate 7 days per week. We saw a fairly good show in “This is the Army.”
I’d like you, if you would, to look up the terms of my insurance policy for it has now become rather hazy to me. I think I took it out for life but I forget the actual amount. In [deleted] fa [/deleted] view of the fact that I suppose one day sooner or later, according to the natural cause of events, I should settle down and get married, do you consider I should (a) increase the payments for a shorter term (say until I am 45) (b) increase the payments and leave it as a life contract (c) just leave it as it is?
I received the second half of an airgraph letter from Eileen during the week so the beginning should be on the way. Are you having the same trouble with my instalments? Also had a letter written by Marie on 2nd February.
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I was rather surprised to find sitting next to me here tonight in the writing room none other than Gordon Rae, whose people gave me such a wonderful time in the [indecipherable word].
Our “socialistic Prime Minister of Australia” has rather stolen the show as far as the Prime Ministers conference is concerned. He has been getting all the newspaper publicity and is advertised for a broadcast tonight. Apparently they half expected him to tell them what they could do with their empire and hence his speeches have been given wide publicity for their main theme has been for a closer unity.
Eileen is apparently quite happy at Echuca and Doreen seems to be plodding along alright, as also does the lad. However keep me posted of Dan and don’t forget to send his new address as soon as possible. I wrote last week a letter of congrats. to Mary Crowe, on receiving word of her marriage. I take it that apart from Uncle Jim and the Brennans, everyone else amongst the clan and kinsfolk are quite O.K. Regards to them all for I can hardly see my way clear to write & besides there is nothing to write about! I hope you are not overworking yourself. Playing any tennis still? Regards to Mary & “love” to all at home.



P J Hogan, “Letter from Pat Hogan to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 5, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/31836.

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