Letter from Pat Hogan to Jim Hogan



Letter from Pat Hogan to Jim Hogan


Writes that mail has caught up with him. Mentions Jim had been in hospital. Says he had been shifted about and describes activities on recent weekend in local town. Mentions chapel is only a few huts away from his and they have mass a couple of time a week as well as high mass on Sunday.




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Aus 436464
Sgt Hogan PJ
London WC2
Dear Jim,
My mail has just started to catch up with me and I received quite a batch today. No doubt it is a thing of the past, at least I hope so, but it was only today that I learned you’d been laid up in hospital with a dose of bronchitis. Please God you as fit as ever and still like the Wangaratta district.
I’ve been shifted about a bit recently and had 3 changes within a week. Although it is well away from anywhere and I’ve lost most of my closer pals- Jack Brennan however is still with me. I like the place immensely. Incidentally Maurice McNamara (Dook) is a w/t operator here and wishes to be remembered to you.
I spent last weekend in a nearby country town and had a great time. The scotch people are a darnside better than the English in my humble opinion, but believe me their lingo is a problem. The countryside from one end of this ?isle to the other is everything you’ve read about in poetry and literature in the springtime. There’s no doubt about it, it stands alone. If the Irish eat more spuds than the Scotch I’ve no wish to go there for I’ve never eaten so much so often as I have here and the greater percentage is spuds. Sorry to hear of Bill Seehan’s death. Aunt Lizzie’s was more or less to be expected wasn’t it? I’m writing Aunt Polly.
The chapel is only a couple of huts from mine and we have Mass and Benediction a couple of times per week as well as having High Mass sung every Sunday.
Eileen seems to be on the mend now and apparently everyone else at home is OK. According to Eileen Dad is looking better than ever. Glad to hear he got rid of the old tub. Remember me occasionally.




P J Hogan, “Letter from Pat Hogan to Jim Hogan,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 1, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/32051.

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