Heaver, Hilary James Ladd (Private, b.1905 - d.1959)

Place Europe: Germany, Hohenfels
Accession Number PR04465
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Department of the Army
Heaver, Hilary
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1941, 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition, Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX3823 Private Hilary James Ladd Heaver, 2/6 Battalion, prisoner of war, Stalag 383, 1941-1943.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection includes the telegram sent by the Department of the Army to Private Heaver's mother in 1941 to inform her that he is reported missing and is believed to be a prisoner of war. The collection also includes a September 1943 letter he sent to a Mrs C.L. Hill from Stalag 383, a German prisoner of war camp in Hohenfels, Bavaria. He describes the recent heavy rain, mud and cooling weather in the high altitude of Hohenfels, and remarks on the honesty of the Germans in regard to the prisoners’ post. He also mentions the swimming pool and work available at the camp and writes that the prisoners have recently adopted a kitten. Private Heaver sent with the letter a group photograph of himself with the men from his hut. The photograph can be viewed at P09018.001.