Re: My New Service To Connect You With The Rats of Tobruk

Here are some responses I’ve had from people who have requested diary excerpts.

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Another user found the diary snippets to be a poignant complement to their personal journey to Egypt for the 80th anniversary of significant World War II events. The entries provided a richer understanding of the places they visited and the experiences of a relative during the war. They were so moved by the content that they shared it with other family members.

Overall, the service has been positively received, with users finding personal and historical value in the diary excerpts. The careful indexing of people mentioned has been particularly appreciated, enhancing the personal connection users feel to the past.

World War Two Letter

Thanks to Ros, the moderator of Aus-sagen mailing list for finding this letter being sold on ebay.  James Alexander Alcorn was a distant cousin.  He wasn’t called James but Lex instead.

He enlisted in the RAAF in Feb 1941.


In Mar 1941 Lex married Rona Mary Presgrave.


This letter Lex wrote to his parents is dated 8 Jul 1942.


On 16 Jul 1942 James Alexander Alcorn died in a flying accident over the North Sea, only eight days after writing to his parents.