Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

EGortonHGortonLCM430828-02.pdf

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Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

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He writes of his social life and colleagues and gives his thoughts on the state of the Civil Service.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1943-08-28

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Four handwritten sheets

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EGortonHGortonLCM430828-02

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OFFICERS’ MESS,
ROYAL AIR FORCE,
CARK,
NORTH LANCASHIRE.
TELEPHONE GRANGE 390.
28/8/43
Dearest,
My conscience is troubling me, so I am starting another letter. I had intended to post your letter in the village, but it was so wet this morning that I dropped it in the Mess Letter Box. I told the Corporal to make sure the box was cleared, but I’ve been busy this afternoon, helping to decorate the Mess for the dance, & forgot to make sure it was collected. Please forgive me if you don’t get a letter on Monday.
That Anson we saw on Tuesday was from Cark. F/Sgt Evans has a girl or some other friend in
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Breightmet, on the Bury side of Bolton, & so he decided [inserted] to [/inserted] pay a visit while doing a N/F test. Nothing has been heard of it, but I think he’s lucky to get away with it.
I got a phone call from Miss Westwood this afternoon. She is having Mr & Mrs Wilson to tea tomorrow, & has asked me to go.
I’ve been thinking regretfully of the possibility of your coming to the Mess dance. Boddy would probably have put you up for the night & you could have travelled back on Monday. It’s only a pipe dream, but I shouldn’t have thought of it if you hadn’t been comparatively near this week.
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I don’t know if I’ve made myself clear, but I’m trying to say how much I appreciate your difficulties, & admire you for sticking things as you do.
They made up the leave roster while I was away, & I am down for Sept 16 – 27. That’s actually 10 days & a 48, but we don’t want it all at once, do we, so I can have either the 16th – 25th or 18th – 27th, just as you like.
I enjoyed “Passed to You, Please”, but thought he overstated his case. When all is said and done, I think a Civil Service that can expand as it has done during the war, & can control the whole life of the
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country even with the muddle we have today, has no mean achievement to it’s credit. I agree with his criticism of the class aspect of the civil service etc., & think a lot needs to be done to improve it, but there’ll have to be big changes in the life of the country, & few people at the moment seem mentally prepared for them.
Still, that’s enough of that. All my love, darling. Leave in 3 weeks time! I’ll be seeing you
Harold.

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Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 25, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9125.

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