Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife



Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife


He writes of his journey back to RAF Cark after a 48 hour leave.




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The journey back last night wasn’t at all bad. I’d a carriage to myself as far as Crewe, & lay down from Hereford but couldn’t sleep. I must confess that I was somewhat shocked at Hereford when I looked into a carriage for a seat & found a fellow & a girl asleep together on one seat. Scarcely comme il faut, was it?
I’d two hours to wait at Crewe (plus an hour because the train was late) & went to the W.V.S. canteen. There is an “officers only” room, & you don’t even have to get your own food, as there is a girl who brings what you want. Very pukka, isn’t it?
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I slept most if the rest if the journey from Crewe, & felt fairly good when I got here. Fortunately it has been a complete clamp all day, so I’ve had no flying to do, and in fact, had half an hour’s sleep after lunch.
Cark has to provide one officer for a “Junior Commander” course (admin.) at Dalachy, one of the Banff satellites. The course starts on Jan. 25th, and if possible, I am going to go on it. I’ve been wanting an Admin course for some time, & I’d like to see if any of the Ossington crowd are at Dalachy. In addition, I shall miss the E.C.7.S visit, so, all things considered, it will be a good
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thing if I can go. The only snag is that I’m dubious about whether the C.F.I. will agree to my being away while E.C.7.S. are coming.
I’ve been having a quiet evening in front of my fire, and shall go to bed early, but I must say it seems a poor substitute for an evening with you. I suppose the war will be over some time, but it’s an awfully long time to wait, isn’t it? The trouble is that much wants more, & the more I have of you the more I want!
Hope you didn’t have another fire. Thank you, darling, for the 48. It was wizard!
All my love,



Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 2, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9161.

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