I have been home with the children this week, as they are on school holidays. By the end of the day I am very glad to see my husband! I cannot imagine not seeing him for months on end, let alone years. I have also worked on Christmas day in the past, but was always able to catch up with family and friends at some stage – Imagine not having Christmas with you family or seeing them for four years! And then most of them only got 24 hours leave. What people had to cope with during WWII is worth remembering.
This article from the Australian Women’s Weekly, December 1943
Some men returned home to meet their new child for the first time – for some a baby, and for others a much older child. Others spent their first night together on their honey moon, having married quickly before being shipped out and not having time. And others still used their short leave to get married.