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Letter - John Crutchley, to Margaret Malval, Thank You & Life in Australia, 26 Nov 1944 Document Reg. No: HT 29725

Three page hand written letter written by Corporal John Crutchley to Margaret Malval, dated 26 November 1944. This letter was sent in response to a Christmas card and letter sent by Margaret. In this letter, John describes his home life in Australia and what has been happening in the country [Australia] in recent times. John mentions that he came to Australia from England in 1934.

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 into thirds and then in half. Letterhead includes red stamp logos form the Australian Comforts Fund, the Salvation Army and the YMCA. Envelope addressed in blue ink, handwritten. Stamped as passed by R.A.A.F censor.
Statement Of Significance:
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.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Jeanne Cook, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 180 mm (Height), 205 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, military history, australians at war, correspondence, war effort, military communication, war service, soldiers comforts
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Margaret Malval World War II Soldier Correspondence Collection, John Edward William Crutchley, RAAF (1915-?), Australian Comforts Fund, World War II, 1939-1946, Margaret Malval, Australian Emigrant, World War II Volunteer & Artist (1912-2008)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed on paper: 'Use Military Address Only' [Extensive handwritten text].
Author: Corporal John Crutchley, 26 Nov 1944
Addressed To: Mrs Margaret Malval, Ridgefield, Connecticut, United States of America, 26 Nov 1944

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