Three page hand written letter written by Captain Leo James Pollard of the 2/10 Australian Infantry Battalion to Margaret Malval, dated 28 November 1944. This letter was sent in response to a Christmas card and package of magazines sent by Margaret. In this letter, Leo thanks Margaret for the packages she has sent him. He mentions that he visited his home for the first time in 12 months and describes the rain and dust storms that are happening in many parts of New South Wales. Leo also expresses sympathy for Margaret's injured husband.
Margaret Malval emigrated to the United States of America from Melbourne, Australia in 1935. During World War II she volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services and sent packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, thereby entering into an exchange of correspondence with a number of Australian soldiers based in the Pacific and in Australia.
A three page letter, single sided, hand written with blue ink on lined paper. The paper has several creases in it where it has been folded in half and then into thirds. Letterhead includes red stamp logos form the Australian Comforts Fund, the Salvation Army and the YMCA..
This collection of letters and cards are significant as they illustrate the continuing ties felt by an emigrant to their country of birth. Margaret Malval was born and grew up in Melbourne, Victoria and moved to the United States of America to be married in 1935, where she lived for the rest of her life. Though her husband served in the United States Armed Forces, Margaret chose to send care packages to Australian soldiers through the Australian Comforts Fund, suggesting she retained strong ties to Australia.
These letters and cards were sent from Australian servicemen to Margaret, initially after receiving a care package from her which she donated through the Australian Comforts Fund. These letters and cards highlight the support of people on the home front for Australian servicemen by sending care packages through organisations like the Australian Comforts Fund, and the response of Australian Servicemen on receipt of these packages. Additionally, this collection also helps tell the stories of the frontline experience of Australian servicemen during World War II.
Donation from Ms Jeanne Cook, 5/11/2009
Printed on paper: 'Use Official Address Only/ IMPORTANT. - Any reference to shipping or troop movements will result in the delay or mutilation of your letter.' Extensive hand written text.
Type of item
185 mm (Width), 190 mm (Height)