James, Victor John (Captain, b.1921 - d.2006)

Accession Number PR04367
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letters
Maker James, Victor John
Pilcher, Kenneth
Pocock, Harry Bramley
Place made Australia, New Guinea
Date made c.1942-c.1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX102666 (V25052) Captain Victor John James, Headquarters 2/4 Armoured Regiment, Second Australian Imperial Force, Australia and New Guinea, c.1942-c.1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of 21 letters [including several associated envelopes] and five envelopes from Captain James to his wife, Mrs Betty Rae James (née Jeffrey), one letter from NX70998 Captain Kenneth Pilcher to Captain James, and one letter from VX103730 Corporal Harry Bramley Pocock to Captain and Mrs James. The letters were written between c.1942 and c.1945, and cover the period of his training in Queensland and service in New Guinea with 2/4 Armoured Regiment. In his letters, Captain James writes about his impressions of a new camp, participating jungle training exercises, attending a concert, missing his new wife, his wife’s involvement with the Voluntary Aid Detachment, receiving mail, the weather, preparing for Anzac Day, settling in a new office, the training of troops, marches, daily routines, being busy with work, being lonely, two tents being on fire in camp, and being on court martial duty. Captain James also responds to news from home. In their letters to Captain James, Captain Pilcher and Corporal Pocock send their congratulations following Captain James’s marriage.