Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton



Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton


Peter Lamprey writes about his journey to and life at Royal Air Force Castle Kennedy, including intensive training and exhaustion.




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Four page handwritten document and envelope


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1384535. LAC. Lamprey. P.
Hut 4. Site 4.
Training Wing.
RAF Station.
Castle Kennedy.

Dear Unk etc [sic] etc [sic] etc.

After wading through the above address, you will notice I have once more fallen into the excrement. Once again I am back among the Indians only this time they are not the white mans friends. I thought I should have enjoyed getting back among the heather but have discovered - too late - that I am an out and out Sassenach.

Twenty-seven bloody hours it took us to get up here and a walk of over a

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mile at the end of it with full pack - a full kit and all our flying gear. Another twenty yards and they would have had to send the St.Bernards [sic] out looking for me. If ever a man felt cheesed with life it was me on Saturday night. Or at least, I thought I was cheesed. It wasn't until I had really got cracking on the course that I knew what being cheesed really was.

We have absolutely no time to ourselves and as there is night instruction every night writing letters is almost out of the question. We work seven days a week here and they are trying to push us through in as short a time as possible before the weather breaks up for good.

I shall try and keep you au fait with the news but am [deleted] afg [/deleted] afraid the

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letters will not be in my usual

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letters will not be in my usual flowing style. The work is cramping my normally facile literary style and what with P.T. for two hours at a stretch just to toughen us up I am just about on my knees.

Tell the boys I am still holding the fort but if they don't hurry up and send a few reinforcements I think I'll sell out to the highest bidder. What with one thing and another Uncle Joe and I are having a pretty rough time.

Look after the kids.
Lots of love.
[underlined] Pete. [/underlined]

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[reverse of envelope]

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[postage stamp]

11 15AM
19 NOV 42

Mr. W. Gunton
Machine Room.
Waterlow and Sons Ltd.
Twyord Abbey Road.
Park Royal.
London N.W.10.



Peter Lamprey, “Letter from Peter Lamprey to W Gunton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 29, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6620.

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