Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton



Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton


Peter Lamprey writes that the last four operations were to the ‘Big City’ and that he is suffering a hangover after previous night’s revelry.




Three page handwritten letter


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R.A.F. Ludford Magna.
Market Rasen.

[underlined] Sunday [/underlined]

Dear Unk one and all.
Yesterday as ever was I received [sic] a short sharp note from you and as usual I extend my thanks etc. for it. I hope and trust all my friends at Park Royal are in the very best of health. That part is only to fill up space by the way and should be ignored. Although I don’t suppose anyone cares a hoot, I can make the statement that I am in the best of health and not be accused of lying.

As you will have noticed by the headlines in somebody else’s paper we have been engaged in giving the great British public a return for their “Wings for Victory” weeks. The last

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four trips have been to the Big City where we have been engaged in moving a few cultural monuments and civic buildings. It seems however, as if the folk below were not too pleased with our methods, but I’m happy to state that although a certain amount of opposition was encountered the job was done to, seemingly, everybody’s satisfaction.

Last night, being given over to riot and revelry, I am at the moment suffering from a head that is a bit soft round the edges, and by the feel of it stretches upwards about six feet. I had more beer last night than the Eighth Army get in a month, and feel like it. If this letter should at any time begin to ramble you will therefore have to excuse me as I can hardly be considered to be my usual self.

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My next leave should see me spending Tuesday 14th with you. I think, at the moment, it will be about dinner time before I get there as I have a wedding to attend in the morning. However I will more than likely ‘phone you beforehand. I have a few nickels but will fetch them along with me when I turn up.

I don’t know what else I can write about. The only stuff I can say is uninteresting and the interesting stuff I cannot write about. Hope the rest of the boys are doing well. Remember me to all at home.



Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 2, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6549.

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