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William Percivale Stamm

(1909-1986), Air Vice-Marshal

Sitter in 4 portraits

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William Percivale Stamm

by Hay Wrightson Ltd
bromide print, circa 1960s
NPG x180818

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William Percivale Stamm

by Hay Wrightson Ltd
bromide print, circa 1960s
NPG x181072

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William Percivale Stamm

by Hay Wrightson Ltd
bromide print, circa 1960s
NPG x181073

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Pauline Badger MSc

15 September 2019, 23:05

I was a stewardess at RAF Halton from 1966- 69. I served the Air Vice Marshal breakfast as he favoured me. His wit and wisdom would enchant me. His breakfast order of egg and sausage I had to repeat due to his method of saying it with undulating tones. In my court shoes he could hear my steps against all the others. I came him now striding with his rolled up napkin towards me. Tall and resplendent with gold braid and air force blue uniform to my five foot high attention stance with a smile as three propeller Senior Air Crafts Woman (SACW). Min he called me. 'Little Min'. With the tone of 'i' expanded. I could hear him call me when he drove into the Officers Mess called Halton House up the hill from main camp. I later took medicine as a Masters from 2000-2010 as medical imaging with radiotherapy and physics, cancer and HIV. Such was his faith in me that no one else showed I dressed like those days and still do as a tribute to him. I remember the straight back I purposefully carry even at 71 now. Yes I eat egg and sausage too. A joke he had as I got it wrong more times than he ordered it. I would ask the chef for sausage and egg. What would come out would be sausage or egg. So I went back to get seconds as it were. Simple things helped me from this highly decorated amusing gentleman as kindness to a girl who left Manchester as a sixties blonde filled with dreams of being able to dance under the ballroom lights as one enlightened. I do and have since fifteen years after this, more so since being a graduate in 2000. I might have been his Eliza Doolittle as one created by spoken elecution and impression management. I like to remember his tones of voice resonating within my brain even now.

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