Letter from Pat Hogan to his father



Letter from Pat Hogan to his father


Reports on arrival of mail from home. Mention spending leave on a farm in Cornwall. Catches up on news from home. Writes that he hates the sight of London and describes why.




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One page handwritten letter


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Sgt Hogan PJ
London WC2
Dear Dad,
I had my first news from home when I returned from leave today to find cables from Marie and Doreen Phelan & a letter from a friend at work. I spent my leave on a farm in Cornwall. It rained the whole time but Mick Flanagan rather enjoyed the quiet of poking about on the farm in the rain and the slush. Farming here is on a much smaller scale than back home, but to my mind they put so many obstacles in their own way they really make it a much harder job. We did a lot more work than we thought we would ever do but it was interesting and enjoyable and I suppose it did not do us any harm. Old Pop will probably write you in due course to say we’ve been good boys and are looking well.
I take it from the cable address that Marie has been on leave to Macedon and I hope she both enjoyed it and benefited from it. Glad to know you are all well. It seems that the mail is starting to arrive and I’ll make this brief in the hope I get some news of you in the near future and will then have more to write of. I hate the sight of London. It is so large, so gloomy, & so depressing ( & so costly). There are thousands of tube railway stations and of a night it is a pitiful sight to see all the platforms crammed with the homeless, some on bunks with 3 tiers. How is Dan faring?
Lots of love to all at home.




P J Hogan, “Letter from Pat Hogan to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 1, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/32003.

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