Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

EGortonHGortonLCM430813.pdf

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Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

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He writes of a family visit to St Anne’s and films he’s seen recently. He also writes of his journey back to RAF Cark from Blackpool.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1943-08-13

Contributor

Tricia Marshall

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Five handwritten sheets

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EGortonHGortonLCM430813

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OFFICERS’ MESS,
ROYAL AIR FORCE,
CARK,
NORTH LANCASHIRE.
TELEPHONE GRANGE 390.
13/8/43
Dearest,
I went to St Anne’s yesterday to see Dad. He looks a lot better but isn’t very strong, & his back isn’t very sure yet. I think it did him good to see me.
The visit made me glad we didn’t go to Blackpool when you were up here. If I had to spend a holiday there I should go mad. Queues everywhere. It was impossible to get tea in Blackpool, & when I reached my train, 35 minutes before it started, there were perhaps a dozen seats left. When we set off there were 7 standing in my compartment. Fortunately, I was able to ring up the Mess from Preston, & order
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a late dinner, but otherwise I should have been famished.
I’m amused to find you wanting to keep my letters, as it was you who first insisted on our burning them. But I agree with you that after two years of marriage we are a lot closer together than I should have thought possible – more sympathique [sic], at least I think that’s the word for it.
I’ve finished the Twilight of France – on the train yesterday, & thought it very good. I’ll send it off tomorrow.
I was asked to go to the flicks tonight, but it was a Robertson Hare – Alfred Draycott film, & I’ve not much time for them. Instead I stayed in the Mess long enough to get caught in a storm on my way back to the billet,
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so I had to get straight into bed, where I’m writing this letter.
The films I’ve seen recently are: The Road to Morocco,
George Formby’s I see Ice (with Mary)
In Which we Serve – good, but a bit too much of a tribute to Noel Coward.
No Time for Love.
I’ve seen so many that I don’t think I’ll go again until I’m able to go with you.
I don’t see why Grace shouldn’t have my bike if she thinks it worth having. The back brake is u/s, the saddle is broken, & it’s permanently in top gear, but I’ll get Alice to send it on.
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I don’t think we can charge her anything, though, unless you want to. I think it would be better for her to have it as long as she wants it & then we can keep it or scrap it afterwards. It’s only a little thing to do for her, & I think she’s done a lot for us, so if she’d like it I should be very glad for her to have it.
It’s a bit rich, though, isn’t it, that she has to consider prisoners of war in this way in order to retain their services! I hope our chaps in Italy & Germany get the same consideration.
The watch is going steadily, has gained 15 minutes in about four days.
The Moodies seem quite
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happy at Hillcrest. He says Mrs. Moodie is physically 100% better for the move
All my love, darling.
Harold.

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Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 19, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/8994.

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