Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton

ELampreyPGuntonW420802.pdf

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Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton

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Peter Lamprey starts with some friendly banter and mentions that he has managed some time off. He says the letter was interrupted by some unspecified duty away and concludes with catch up news.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1942-08-02

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Envelope and five page handwritten letter

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ELampreyPGuntonW420802

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INVERNESS
4 AUG
1942

[postage stamp]

MR W. GUNTON.
MACHINE ROOM,
WATERLOW AND SONS. LTD.
TWYFORD ABBEY ROAD
PARK ROYAL. N. W. 10.
LONDON.

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Reverse of envelope

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1384535. LAC. LAMPREY.
H.Q. 14 GROUP
RAD. INVERNESS
[underlined] SCOTLAND [/underlined]

[underlined] SUNDAY. 2ND. [/underlined]

Dear Uncle Bill etc.

Listen. If you have at last decided to write to me, for Pete’s sake don’t tell me how much you enjoyed your blasted unpatriotic holiday. While you were lounging around – I – was resisting the enemy and shouldering your share of the war. Not that the amount I shouldered for you made much difference.

Life – thank heaven – is still treating me like a favourite son. I am managing to get by with no trouble and not much more effort. I suppose one of this[sic] days the storm will break and I’ll and I’ll find

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[underlined] 2. [/underlined]

Myself in the brig. But it is very nice at present – thanks very much. I have managed to poke in a few crafty trips to town and during a spell of fine weather a visit to a local beauty spot. Beautiful long grass and nobody around. A very fine view from where I was.

One thing I am glad to hear is that the three stooges haven’t actually come yet. Personally I don’t think the public could stand another set-back at present so the longer the T.S. Act as a brake on R.T. Production the easier for the rest of us. You didn’t say what they were going in as but as long as they are nice and green the sergeant will be pleased to see them. My heart bleeds for them – I don’t think.
If Mr. Hunt has the idea I am going

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[underlined] 3. [/underlined]

To waste my valuable time trying to get under his thick hide it is just another of his mistakes. As for brother George if he thinks I enjoy writing about his past misdemeanours and laying them bare to the world he has a funny idea of my nature. I don’t like doing it but feel it is my duty as one who had to take up a job he only half finished.

Since starting the letter I have had a break for a spot of entertainment and am sorry to state it has had to be delayed. The whole trouble with this war is the way it interferes with my letter writing.
The is something funny about the way they have left me alone this last day or so. I don’t like it and expect any minute to find I am due to be

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[underlined] 4. [/underlined]

Wafted away into the remote blasted highlands on another perishing job. Generally the news from here is noticeable by its absence and this week is nothing out of the ordinary. I don’t want to upset anybody at P.R. as I hope to grab a spot of leave in about a months [sic] time and would hate to be stabbed in the back.
If the bloody engineers think I am going to write about or to them they can think again – if possible. Its[sic] about time Bert Smith sent my perishing photo back and found one of Audrey instead. Half my time is spent in finding women for other blokes to pinch.
I am glad to hear the old R I P has quietened down a bit and is leading a more sober

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[underlined] 5. [/underlined]

life. He must be sickening for something.

I received everything you sent and you might tell Charlie I can recommend his taste. If he ever gets up here I’ll put him on to some of the people who shared the experiment.

Keep your head down and I’ll be along one day and lift it for you remember me to all

All the best

[underlined] Pete [/underlined]

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Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 20, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6600.

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