Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

EGortonHGortonLCM440303.pdf

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Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife

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He writes of his possible operations postings.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-03-03

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Tricia Marshall

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Three handwritten sheets

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EGortonHGortonLCM440303

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TEL. SILVERSTONE 252
OFFICERS’ MESS,
ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION,
[deleted] SILVERSTONE [/deleted] [inserted] Turweston [/inserted],
[deleted] NR. TOWCESTER, [/deleted] [inserted] Nr. Brackley. [/inserted]
NORTHANTS.
[Royal Air Force crest]
Dearest,
I got yet another letter from you today! If you keep on at this rate, I’m going to be badly disappointed if you ever miss a day!
I sent the T. E. Lawrence book off [deleted] yesterday [/deleted] this morning, & I am enclosing the book list so that you can send for another book.
I don’t think I shall be able to go to Brackley until Sunday. I am supposed to be flying tomorrow, & may be busy all day. On Sunday I should be Orderly Officer, but I am going to do it tomorrow & so ought to be free on Sunday, apart from Church Parade. I’ll then fix up somewhere for you to stay, & write on Sunday night so that you will have the address. I must say that I am becoming very thrilled about the idea of having up here.
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2.
Now you have decided to come, I am all for the idea.
I got a letter from Bence this morning. He sends you his best wishes, and hopes that you “will soon be happily settled at home.” So do I.
A letter from Bob arrived today, too. He seems to be O.K., & has just put up his Africa Star ribbon. He says that Norman Seddon spent Christmas & New Year in No Man’s Land. Not very good, I should think.
I’ll try & get a room in a hotel for you for next Friday (provisionally) & then you can look around & see what you fancy.
It is just possible that I may be sent abroad for my Ops, but practically everyone from here goes to Bomber Command, so I don’t think there’s much danger of it.
All my love,
Harold.
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3.
P.S. I’ve just realised that you’ve filled up the book list, so I’ll send it off direct.
Your list seems a very interesting one. Quentin Reynolds should be good, & the reviews of Shinwell’s book were very favourable, on the whole. I rather fancy I’ve read a summary (Readers’ Digest, I think) of “Father was a Handful”, and it sounded good. “Random Harvest” I’ve read, & didn’t enjoy it as much as the film. I’ve also read “Put out more flags”. It’s a rather biting satire on the phoney war period – 1939 – 40, with a particularly brilliant bit in the middle about billeting evacué [sic] children.
I hope the next to the last book on the list “Men are just marvellous” makes you agree with the title, at least as far as I am concerned!
Harold

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Harold Gorton, “Letter from Harold Gorton to his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 20, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9214.

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