Letter from Pat Hogan to Miss Marie Hogan



Letter from Pat Hogan to Miss Marie Hogan


Reports arrival of her previous letters and says he is now stationed in Hertfordshire a few miles from Royston. States that the Americans had left the place in a mess. Writes about Australian cricket side's scores and performance. Gives address of friend in Bradford. Catches up with news and gossip. Part of this letter is damaged and unreadable.




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Aus 364 464
P/O Hogan PJ
Aus PO
London WC2
Dear Marie,
I think I’ve a couple of letters of yours since last I wrote. Incidentally I am now stationed in Herts about 3 miles from the village of Royston, which is about 2/3 the size of Driffield. We are only 2 hours from London on the train. So far I’m not too impressed , as the Yanks left this place in rather a mess, & the tucker & …. …also poor compared to Driff. However our Aussie Group Commander arrived today & no doubt he’ll again throw his weight about(…. …. …. …. ) to see that things are brought up to scratch for us. …. …. …. Scottie. Junior officers at the moment are definitely kicking …. …. …. Another squadron arrived here the other day & we did …. …. …. Our crew has a little pre war …. …. …. Quarters…. ….have housemaids hence (or knees) getting …. …. In. We have no batwomen yet.
Before leaving Yorkshire last weekend I was lucky enough to see the Aussie cricketers in action against a fairly strong English team at Scarborough. Our lads hit up 500 in a day. Pepper got 168 but Miller failed miserably only getting 71 in the 30 mins he was at the wicket. The Pongoes were out for 250 odd & 140 the only one to get … was Fishlock with 95 &35. Hutton made 42 & 0. Ellis had them completely tied up getting 10 wickets in all. Pepper and Pettiford also bowled well. You had better send me Flegg & Sons address again. I’ve often thought of them in London, but their telephone address is down in Surrey somewhere.
The only eatables we need here now I think is tinned butter for toast making in the winter. I have a little electric stove. I hardly see myself home for Christmas. Don’t worry about it if they are unproanable ? unprobable, but other blokes get films just in parcels in ordinary cake tins without any special wrapping at all. The address of the Colletts is - 17 Prospect Terrace, Allerton, Bradford, Yorks.
I didn’t know Leo Francis had made the grade at North. Glad to hear of the release of Pat Cross, Alec Breen etc.
We are now on Liberators & I hope to be on the India run within a month or so. We may … get as far as Singapore to collect …. …. …. ….
Re Dad’s queries …. …. …. …. …. Life forbids the …. …. …. ….enough to do …. …. ….It’s pretty grim …. …. ….down eventually. …. …. ….is impossible at present. Is Dan talking of going home yet? Bert Evatt is over now & is really brilliant I think. What a gig he makes Chifley look. Ford also looks a fool beside him. At least Evatt seems to be the only one with any clues at all on the Japs. He released Justice Weller’s list of atrocities yesterday to the papers & it rather rocked them.
Hope you are all well.
Love to all



P J Hogan, “Letter from Pat Hogan to Miss Marie Hogan ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 21, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/31955.

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