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    Letter from Lawton to Mason, 1918

    ​​​In this four-page handwritten letter dated 10 August 1918, Gunner Tom 'Tommy' Lawton, stationed with No 2 Battery, Heytesbury Camp, Wiltshire, writes of his wartime experiences to School master 'Shon' Mason. He describes how his ship from America to Liverpool 'zig-zagged' a great deal 'to foil the wily Fritz's tin-fish' submarines. He also mentions his transfer from the infantry to artillery training, where he will be 'expected to know all about an 18 pounder, quick-firing gun, and be in good trim besides'. Old Boy Tom Lawton (BGS 1913-1917) was a superb sportsman at school, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University. He went on to become an internationally-acclaimed rugby player.