Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

EGortonHGortonLCM440224.pdf

Title

Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

Description

He writes of moving to his new quarters at RAF Turweston and domestic details.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-02-24

Contributor

Tricia Marshall

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Four handwritten sheets

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Identifier

EGortonHGortonLCM440224

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Transcription

TEL. SILVERSTONE 252
OFFICERS’ MESS,
ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION,
[deleted] SILVERSTONE [/deleted] [inserted] Turweston [/inserted]
[deleted] NR TOWCESTER, [/deleted] [inserted] Brackley, [/inserted]
NORTHANTS.
[Royal Air Force crest]
24/2/44
Dearest,
We have just moved into our new quarters and are feeling somewhat shaken. We are in a long airmen’s hut, 10 beds, not enough light & insufficient furniture. We’ve been told that these quarters are only temporary, but I wonder!
Tomorrow we have to see the C.G.I. at 9.0 a.m., & I believe there is a possibility of getting the rest of Friday and Saturday off. It will be no use to me, however, as the transport situation is bad here – 4 miles from Brackley & no buses, & from Brackley the only train to Oxford is 9.0 a.m. or 5.0 p.m., so that it will be impossible for me to get to see you. If we can get Sunday off as well, of course, it will be a different story, but at the moment I am thinking of spending my day off in Oxford.
Your letter today came as a very welcome surprise, as I didn’t expect another one for a few days – when you’d got my new address.
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2.
I’m surprised you didn’t solve the code message although I had to put an unnecessary word “for” in. You were pretty close to it however. It should have read: “I am at Silverstone. I’ll try again later, and see if it works any better.
I’ve at last got my law book sent on from Cark. It arrived some time ago, & the Education Officer asked Training Wing to let me know it had arrived, but of course I heard no more about it.
I’m glad you’ve applied for that Wimbledon job, as London really is an easy place to reach, even from a hole like this. The Yorkshire one would do just as well though.
I hope you can find a nice costume. Pay as much as you fancy for it & I shall be pleased, whether it’s utility or not. I like you to be able to get some new clothes because you always look well dressed. Actually, of course, you’re just as lovely to me clothes or no!
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3.
Clothing Parade is merely a time fixed by the stores for exchanges & issues. Everyone appears at the same time so as to simplify the stores’ work.
That’s all for now darling. I’ll write more later.
All my love,
Harold.
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PLEASE / SEND / YOUR / LOVE

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Citation

Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 21, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9206.

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