Letters from James Joseph Makin to his family 1918 - Part 1 of 6

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AUS Fiance Sicton A.I.F Hdges. London, 15/1/18. My dear Mother & Father, Yours of 23/11 to hand, also one from newspaper cutting of M Perce and a Hughes speech on the Referendem. This is the quickest mail we have, had for months and probably came via Panama. It was the first mail from West Ans since about the middle of September, so you can tell it was looked forward to I had a letter last night by all. from Ler from Warminster. He has received his Xmasparcel you will be glad to hear; and in much more cheerful in tone than he has beens of rate. He came up to London for the weekend whilst 8 was away at Calford with Dr Sibson, but he says he will be up again on leave shortly when I hope to see him Som McGrash came in to see me Yesterday. He is almost as hall as and 7 am should hardly have known him but Paddy Felling for me he was m Ingland. had a a couple of days letter ago from Charle Trewartha. He i a sat. with a M. Medab and is at present at an officers. School as He says his brother and Cambridge. well, and consm are getting on wishes to be remembered at Widdle Part 001
2 I have not heard from Bill Robbie for a good while now and have lost tace of his movements. have not played football the expect to but last two Saturdays be playing in a Charity Batch on the 26th, to be witnessed by the d prayed i King and Queen. that match, the result of which you saw in the Melboume papers. No a few I have been going and it io a dances lately good thing to drive away the blues Percis remarks about dancing to death. (Do you hictelect me rag it kid? - To wit). We have had Phenomonally Cold weather, the thermometer being below for the first twelve days of the yew all the ponds are frozen Year. and there is a good deal of skaling am dressed warmly i Consequence. and am more used to the friged conditions than last winter. I shall have to become acclimatized again home. when I get back met my old section Commander oe blancy, one night last week. He has only had nine bullets through various pant of him and is now unfit. We went to a theatre and talked of old dimes. I leamned that almost all of my plation were killed or missing first a few lucky ones like myself remaining news so scarse these times. Well. dear people a pewdays. Love to all n I shall write again from. Your affectionale son IONFT41
Finance Section A.T.F Headquarters, London, 14. 3. 18 My dear Mother & Father, Sme I last wrote to you has has been up on weekend leave to London I spent a few hours with him on Monday feeling much better He is looking and We are than when I saw him last. fitting four days leave at Easter, and our foothall leam is going to Bournmouth hes hopes to be able to go down with me if he can fise up the leave We went down tho Brightlingsea (on The east coast between Southend and Harwichs last Saturday and beat the Austration I had another Engineers 17-16 No 2-8. shop taken there, so you will be fetting a lot of football thatos. shortly There is another Australian mail in cated. Brd Jom. from Melboume. I have had drone from You by that mail as yet. Beither as or I can get over the size Fuby and Perce have grown during the last couple of years. The weather so fner and warmer and consequently much more appreciated by Aushalians tham months of winter. The team from the O.T.C. at played on A.N.A Day, Cambridge, which we next Saturday. We hope io coming down again tto bear them 001
Regtl. No. TOTAL Unit- TRIAL BALANCE. 18 197 Date. Net Rate £2 £ £ have balares big just fnished o We The have lat of been ge Deriod doing and a bik fagged. night am work feeling a pooct forward to look to It is Good Ahistration powall know di of Jamel afternoons o Satrday and not any letters from had Paddy Scanlan or Robertson larely. Bilby talk of a ofat fim to ks the 20 bluff. sem on a bg offensive big The levents aunne East hm of the colllapse 6 Months to the gwing To does Send make nos of Hssia JShmish Abou very the Oone of the not wap. should duration When to care No gess ave it Searept end will the 12 months. o The sutmar are ex still taking Ange a toll eact or our shipping eb week. shipbuigdin Mr is being up orh here and speeded we frealene America nsual ap two wital late. such always facts What pane at a Hmd summer had If seems thrs Yedr You heat the since felt of Oage agb. at sim The 8 De keeping on are al at Harold Street well it and all by Mch foe from Your Son affect. M. MEA
C.W.L. EMPIRE CLUB. ASHLEV PLACE. LONDON. S.W. 1. 25.3.18. My dearest Mother & Father, letter b last Since my advertsed Seman the much has begun, and I offensive am glad for your sake that both. Les and I are safe It should save i England. good deab of worry. you a from the You have seen of the Colossal scale papers of the battle and whatever our own losses may be, it is something to know that the Germans are paying dearly by using their massed attacks It is now that we realize what the Russian debacle really means to us. I had a letter from Les Yesterday. He was to have come up to London with the
2 posball team from his cat but strained his ankle on and so could not Thursday make the trip. We beat his 15 goals 9 to 9-8. by 1 leam weather has been The wonderfully fine and mild Compared to last March The Germans are fartimate in Thriking such a succession fine days for their push. I have tried many himes to be relieved of my got here to no avall and my conscience It seems certain that is free. I shall see the finish of the the Finance Sechon war in The conditions of such a position are all one could wish for as regards comfort, but There is little or no chance of promotion now Ability. Counts for very little. It is favoritism chiefly and (NAY 4P4 YE 101
then seniority of service There are many here I can run rings around at figures on any other clerical work who are holding Good Jobo as S. Sts and W.O's and waiting Here the on Commissions. best crawler wim every home and that is one thing I will not do met Alf. Bult last Sunday afternoon walking in Fyde Park. He is well and is now on 14 days leave from France. He has sone over to Ireland to visit Killamey. He wishes to be remembered to you all and asks me to strafe the for not dropping him dad He is in the 8 a line. Office and has a Post Bathr. sape Job. He has not pretty
4 I have not been woundid from Paddy had any word good while for a Seanlan now. It is a good. while the last Australian since mail m. There should be another shortly. There have not been Many airraids on London lately. They have been giving paris a turn islead. Jack Draper, a fal of Billy- Bruce, who went we camp with me at albert Park, is returning shortly I have told him to call on You. I shall probably be sending some Sholds &c home by him. There is no more news at present so I will conclude with love to all. Theero. your affectionate sony Im
TELEPHONE; VICTORIA 18336. AUSTKALIAN IAPERIAL FORCE. 97. HORSEFERRY ROAD. A.LF. 8 WAR CHEST CLOB. Citizens War Chest Fund, Sydney, N.S.W. LONDON. S.W.1. BEHIND ARMY AND NAVY STORES AND OPPOSITE A.LF. HEADOUARTERS B1418 IHREPLY PIEASE OUOTE My dear Mother & Father, Your letters of 31/1 3/2, and 18/2 all to hand by the some mail this I was wondering when I morning to get your next letters was going they are much will see As you delayed. These times. I am pleased to say they find me well and still m London When I read them and noticed The anscious lone in them as to whether I should be sent back to I am glad for your France or not dear sakes I am safe in England. But there are times I assure you when I feel as I did during those few months before I enlisted. I had a letter from hes a day or so ago sent him tto in answer to one I
TELEPHONE; VICTORIA (E336. AUSTRALIAN IAPERIAL FORCE. S7. HORSEFERRY ROAD. ALF. 8 WAR CHEST CLUB. CitizensWar Chest Fund, Sydney, N.S.W. LONDON. S.W.1. BEHIND ARMY AND NAUY STORES AND OPPOSITE A.LF. HEADOUARTERS 2 CCOCOOSON mmem I wen INREPIYPIEASE OUOTE him many. happy returns wish He is feeling well and up to now to France going of has no word He never forgets to remind me to here in London as long hang on can. as On Saturday we played a match the Australian munition workers against They had a good side, at Chiswick including Wally Johnson and Toohey of Fitzroy but we won comfortably Did I tell you of 4-1 by to 9-11 we held at Bowmemouth The Spark at baster. The opposing football leam could not fet leave so we arranged a senes of sports meetings. I won footrace and a bl yds a 100 Yards both from scratch swmmming race and was declared champion. You did not know I could run, did you:

                                                                         Finance Section,
                                                                         A.I.F Hdqrs,
                                                                          London,
                                                                                  15/1/18.
My dear Mother & Father,
Yours of 23/11 to hand, also one from
Perce and a newspaper cutting of Mr.
Hughes speech on the Referendum. This
is the quickest mail we have had for
months and probably came via Panama.
It was the first mail from West Aus.
since about the middle of September, so
you can tell it was looked-forward to
by all.  I had a letter last night
from Les from Warminster.  He has
received his Xmas parcel you will
be glad to hear, and is much
more cheerful in tone than he has
been of late.  He came up to
London for the weekend whilst I
was away at Catford with Dr Gibson,
but he says he will be up again
on leave shortly, when I hope to
see him.
Tom McGrath came in to see me
yesterday.  He is almost as tall as
I am and I should hardly have
known him but for Paddy telling
me he was in England.
Had a letter a couple of days
ago from Charlie Trewartha.  He is
a sgt. with a M. Medal and is
at present at an Officers' School at
Cambridge.  He says his brother and
cousin are getting on well, and
wishes to be remembered at
Middle Park.

 

                     2/
I have not heard from Bill Robbie
for a good while now and have lost
trace of his movements.
I have not played football the
last two Saturdays but expect to
be playing in a Charity Match on
the 26th to be witnessed by the
King and Queen.  I played in
that match, the result of which
you saw in the Melbourne papers.
I have been going to a few
dances lately and it is a
good thing to drive away the blues.
Perce's remarks about dancing
"tickled me to death".  (Do you
rag it kid?" - to wit).
We have had phenomonally cold
weather, the thermometer being below
zero for the first twelve days of the
Year.  All the ponds are frozen
and there is a good deal of skating
in consequence.  I am dressed warmly
and am more used to the frigid
conditions than last winter.  I shall
have to become acclimatized again
when I get back home.
I met my old section Commander,
Cpl. Clancy, one night last week.  He has
only had nine bullets through various
parts of him, and is now unfit.  We
went to a theatre and talked of old
times.  I learned that almost all
of my platoon were killed or missing,
just a few lucky ones like myself
remaining.
Well, dear people, news is scarce these times.
I shall write again in a few days.  Love to all
from your affectionate son, Jim    1 DRL 474 1/2

 

 

                                                                          Finance Section,
                                                                          A.I.F Headquarters,
                                                                          London,
                                                                                       14. 3. 18.
My dear Mother & Father,
Since I last wrote to you Les
has been up on weekend leave to London.
I spent a few hours with him on Monday.
He is looking and feeling much better
than when I saw him last.  We are
getting four days leave at Easter, and
our football team is going to Bournmouth.
Les hopes to be able to go down
with me if he can fix up the leave.
We went down to Brightlingsea (on
the east coast between Southend and Harwich)
last Saturday and beat the Australian
Engineers 17-16 to 2-5.  I had another
photo taken there, so you will be
getting a lot of football photos shortly.
There is another Australian mail in
dated 23rd Jan. from Melbourne.  I have

had none from you by that mail as yet.
Neither Les or I can get over the
size Ruby and Perce have grown
during the last couple of years. The
weather is finer and warmer, and
consequently much more appreciated
by Australians than months of winter.
The team from the O.T.C. at
Cambridge, which we played on A.N.A Day,
is coming down next Saturday.  We hope
to beat them again.

 

 

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                           Date............................................191
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We have just finished a big balance
period.  We have been doing a lot of
night work, and am feeling a bit fagged.
It is good to look forward to a good
game of "dinkum" Australian football
on Saturday afternoons.
Have not had any letters from
Paddy Scanlon or Bilby Robertson lately.
Les thinks that the talk of a
big German offensive is a big bluff.
The turn of events during the last
6 months owing to the collapse
of Russia does not tend to make
one very optimistic about the
duration of the war.  I should not
care to have to guess when it
will end to the nearest 12 months.
The submarines are still taking
a huge toll on our shipping each
week, and shipbuilding is being
speeded up both here and in
America.  As usual we realize
such vital facts always too late.
What kind of a summer have
you had this year?  It seems
ages since I felt the heat of
the sun at all.
I hope you are all keeping
fit and well at Harold Street.
Much love to all from
Your affect. son, 
Jim.

I DRL 474 1/2

 


                                                                  C.W.L.  EMPIRE CLUB.
                                                                   ASHLEY PLACE.

                                                                   LONDON.  S.W. 1.
                                                                   25. 3. 18.
My dearest Mother & Father,
Since my last letter ha
the much advertised German
offensive has begun, and I
am glad for your sake that
both Les and I are safe
in England.  It should save
you a good deal of worry.
You have seen from the
papers of the colossal scale
of the battle and whatever
our own losses may be, it is
something to know that the
Germans are paying dearly
by using their massed attacks.
It is now that we realize
what the Russian debacle
really means to us.
I had a letter from Les
yesterday.  He was to have
come up to London with the
 

 

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football team from his camp,
but strained his ankle on
Thursday, and so could not
make the trip.  We beat his
team by 15 goals 9 to 9-8.
The weather has been
wonderfully fine and mild
compared to last March.
The Germans are fortunate in
striking such a succession
of fine days for their push.
I have tried many times
to be relieved of my job here
to no avail, and my conscience
is free.  It seems certain that
I shall see the finish of the
war in the Finance Section.
The conditions of such a
position are all one could
wish for as regards comfort,
but there is little or no
chance of promotion now.
Ability counts for very little.
It is favoritism chiefly and
                                        1 DRL  474  1/2

 

 

 

                 3/
then seniority of service.
There are many here I can
run rings around at figures
or any other clerical work,
who are holding good jobs
as S.Sgts and W.O's and waiting
on commissions.  Here the
best crawler wins every time,
and that is one thing I
will not do.
I met Alf. Bull last
Sunday afternoon walking
in Hyde Park.  He is well
and is now on 14 days leave
from France.  He has gone
over to Ireland to visit
Killarney.  He wishes to be
remembered to you all
and asks me "to strafe the
dad" for not dropping him
a line.  He is in the 8th

Battn. Post Office and has a
pretty safe job.  He has not

 

 

 

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been wounded.  I have not
had any word from Paddy
Scanlon for a good while
now.  It is a good while
since the last Australian
mail in.  There should be
another shortly.
There have not been
many airraids on London
lately.  They have been
giving Paris a turn instead.
Jack Draper, a pal of
Billy Bruce, who went into
camp with me at Albert
Park, is returning shortly.
I have told him to call on
you.  I shall probably be
sending some photos &c home
by him.
There is no more news at
present so I will conclude
with love to all.  Cheers!
Your affectionate son,
Jim.

 

 


                                                   TELEPHONE: VICTORIA {8391.                                                                                                      {8390.
AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE.
A.I.F. & WAR CHEST CLUB.              97, HORSEFERRY ROAD,
Citizens "War Chest" Fund, Sydney, N.S.W.   LONDON S.W.1.
BEHIND ARMY AND NAVY STORES                           
AND OPPOSITE A.I.F. HEADQUARTERS

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 My dear Mother & Father,
Your letters of 31/1, 5/2, and 18/2
all to hand by the same mail this
morning.  I was wondering when I
was going to get your next letters.
As you will see they are much
delayed these times.
I am pleased to say they
find me well and still in London.
When I read them and noticed
the anxious tone in them as to
whether I should be sent back to
France or not, I am glad for your
dear sakes I am safe in England.
But there are times I assure you
when I feel as I did during those
few months before I enlisted.  I had
a letter from Les a day or so ago
in answer to one I sent him to

 

 

 

                                                  TELEPHONE: VICTORIA {8391.

                                                                                                {8390.
AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE.
A.I.F. & WAR CHEST CLUB.              97, HORSEFERRY ROAD,
Citizens "War Chest" Fund, Sydney, N.S.W.   LONDON S.W.1.
BEHIND ARMY AND NAVY STORES                           
AND OPPOSITE A.I.F. HEADQUARTERS   

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wish him many happy returns.
He is feeling well, and up to now
has no word of going to France.
He never forgets to remind me to
hang on here in London as long
as I can.
On Saturday we played a match
against the Australian munition workers
at Chiswick.  They had a good side,
including Wally Johnson and Toohey
of Fitzroy, but we won comfortably
by 9-11 to 4-1.  Did I tell you of
the Sports we held at Bournemouth
at Easter?  The opposing football team
could not get leave so we arranged
a series of sports meetings.  I won
a 100 yards footrace and a 66 yds
swimming race, both from scratch,
and was declared champion.  You
did not know I could run, did you?
      

 




 




      





 

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