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First Christmas Home in 4 years, 1943

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.




About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

6 responses »

  1. Reblogged this on Pacific Paratrooper and commented:
    Adding our knowledge of the female side to the war – this site deserves attention!

  2. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Merry Christmas to all.

  3. I’ve been working on a book which includes letters from WWII wives and mothers of Far East POWs. This is the biggest regret they have that their children will not know their father. My mother wrote endlessly about my older brother born 1941, unable to believe that my father was missing each step of his growing up. I find it difficult to imagine that state of not knowing where they were and when or if this would ever end. Some of the wives had been married a fortnight or so and several were widowed.

    • Yes it would have been horrible. My grandfather was Dutch, and they were basically interned in day camps and let back to their families at nights, which must have been a lot easier on the women (not good but better, obviously). Would love to read your book when it’s done, or nearly done!


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