Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton



Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton


Peter Lamprey writes that he is at a new station, Royal Air Force Lindholme. He comments that the station is modern and comfortable but that the food bad and it is a long way to the nearest town.




Two page handwritten letter


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[RAF Crest]

Sgt. Lamprey. P.H.
Sgt’s Mess. [sic]
R.A.F. Lindholme
Nr. Doncaster
[underlined] Yorks.[/underlined]

[Underlined] Tuesday. [/underlined]

Dear Unk etc.

This – before I really start – is not going to be one of those lengthy epistles that you seem to expect. In fact, if I get to the bottom of the page, I shall consider I have more than done my duty to you all. If you don’t like it you know what you can do. I would write it, but it would hardly look the thing in a polite letter. Not that there is any possibility of this degenerating into a polite letter.

Above - if your powers of perception are still functioning – you will note the new address. So far nothing out of the ordinary has happened. We have been subjected to all the indignities pertaining to the arrival at a new station. Every bleeder on the camp has signed our papers and we are once more officially on a unit. They have handed us out the usual “Giddy-up” talk about giving the Luftwaffe and Mr. Hitler all the urea we can drop in the back-garden. We like to hear that as it is a sign we shan’t be flying for Christ knows how long.
This place is one of the RAF’s best efforts

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as a camp – modern and comfortable. Someone must have made a hell of a mistake. The only bother is the grub which is about the worst I have struck – still we can stick that for a month or so we shall be here. After being stuck on camps that were six or seven miles from anywhere it is a change to be here. This blasted place is twelve.

However as I remarked it is not as bad as it could be and we are looking forward to a nice quiet time if only they will forget we are here. They have just put us through an intensive P.T. course that is supposed to harden us up but if it had wasted another day it would just about had us hard for ever – stiff and stark.

I am sorry I could not make the shop again before my leave was up but pressure of events were to blame. A nice round phrase that means F.A., still I had a nice time and hit Lindholme twelve hours late. Not that anyone worried about it.

I shall – as far as possible – give you a bit more gen as soon as I get organised. Remember me to all.
All the best.

[underlined] Pete. [/underlined]



Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 24, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6536.

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