Hoping this will meet with your approval
An important letter from Lieutenant Colonel Alfred D. Wintle
Lieutenant Colonel Alfred D. Wintle was opinionated, brave, comical, intelligent, and, most importantly, hugely entertaining—a true “character.” He once attempted to escape a hospital dressed as a female nurse in order to rejoin the war effort, but his monocle gave him away; as a prisoner of war in France during World War II, he went on hunger strike for a fortnight to protest his prison guards' "slovenly" appearance; years later, post-war, he actually took control of a train when he realised there weren't enough first-class seats, refusing to leave the driver's cab until the situation was rectified. In 1958, he made history by winning, without a lawyer, a three year legal battle against a dishonest solicitor that ended in the House of Lords. The stories are endless.
In 1946, he wrote this letter to The Times. It has been admired and preserved at their offices ever since, and with good reason.
Lt. Col. A.D. WINTLE.
The Royal Dragoons
To the Editor of The Times.
I have just written you a long letter.
On reading it over, I have thrown it into the waste paper basket.
Hoping this will meet with your approval,
Your obedient Servant
6 Feb ’46