Western Mail, Thursday 14 December 1933, page 2
I kept this yarn to myself for years but I can now see the humour of it.
There were half-a-dozen of us knocking round Melbourne waiting for country trains, going on leave prior to discharge. Being fed-up with strolling-round we turned into a rest room in St. Kilda-road to have a cup of tea and a rest. There was a fair crowd in the place, which was nice and cool and restful. We were thoroughly enjoying it when a lady, one oŁ those good-natured sorts who delighted in mothering all the troops, and who undoubtedly did quite a lot of good, eat down at our table and. started talking on general topics. Suddenly she picked me, why I don't know, and said quite loudly, "I'll bet your mother will be glad to get you home again, you great big blue-eyed baby!"
She probably meant well, but the troops, being Aussies, well - you can ring down the curtain on what they gave me.