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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY LETTER
14-08-1940

From the Rector to the Reader.
I, with many a comrade, many now living, some now dead, had the privilege of helping to win the last war. We were given that job to do and we did it. We had been well trained. Then came the grandest opportunity ever granted to any generation, that of remoulding the outlook of the whole world. But for this job both we soldiers and also those at home were entirely untrained. God had given us a glorious task and we were quite unprepared to tackle it. So we all made a mess of it, and this war is the result. We must not let it happen gain. We must begin now and learn how to use the Peace when it comes. And as God made the world we must look to him to teach us how to run it. But we must begin at once if we wish our children to be spared the same disaster. This is not a sermon but merely a matter of fact talk about realities. Say to yourself: "If peace came today should we know to do with it?" Even Peace, beautiful as it is, is a very dangerous gift to be entrusted to those who do not know how to use it. And God alone can teach us this lesson for both Peace and the world belong to Him and Him alone.

Extracts from Letters.
Sigmn. John T. Tindsley sends, through the News Letter, his best and fraternal greetings to his cousin Pilot Dick Rimmer. A/C.2. Billy Benjamin is now settling down in the R.A.F. and sends best wishes to all his friends. Says up-hill route marches with full kit and pack make him sweat. Pte. Ronnie Sergeant is still in the far north learning Gaelic; wears Balmoral cap, but no kilt, also sends best wishes to all friends. Pte. Eric Nicholson has gone still farther north and has volunteered for signalling. Pte. J.T Power (H.B.) is in a "Flying Mobile Column"; says that although he moves to and from places 100 miles apart the "News Letter" is equally mobile and flies after him. Pte. Harry Latham asks for the addresses of Dick Johnson and Tommy Burns. Dr. Abram Wright says of the place where he is stationed: "How on earth the War Office had the nerve to put us here is a problem we can't solve. The other day we had a real bust up, the guard at the gate fainting and everybody running to the hedge just because someone shouted 'There's a girl going past', so you can imagine the sort of place I am in. Also asks us to send his kind regards to all the lads; and adds, "Joe Wait is about five miles from here". Driver Walter Moss writes: "I would rather not disclose the nature of my work, for if we want to win this war we must learn to keep our mouths shut, and leave discussions until the war is over. I wish you would write that in your next "News-Letter". Also adds, "France had to lay down arms all because the enemy knew every move we were going to make and got there before us" - and as he was in France from the beginning he ought to know. Says too, "there is not another place that looks after its young men who are away as Tarleton does". George Barker (married Nick Dandy's daughter), says he is with Norman Barron and Jack Gidlow in the South West. Tom Fazackerley says he shews his N.L. to the other lads and they say he must live in a good village. Thanks the M.U. for gifts, says he and a pal went for a walk and saw a deer (yes, that is the correct spelling!) Dr. Jack Robinson wishes to be remembered to Harry Cookson and Bert Price. Has a Dance Band in his company. Says he has now driven all round Ireland, has done over 1,000 since he landed. L/Cpl. Ernie Ball writes to say he expects to be on leave in about a fortnight's time, hopes that Adolph will keep quiet till it is over. Dr Ronnie Pilkington wishes to thank the Mothers' Union for the
many gifts they have sent him.

Odds and Ends.
Mrs. Paddy Baldwin (Sollom Lock) was buried on Saturday. Mollie Burns was married
to Harry Forrest of Much Hoole in the Parish Church on Saturday. He only had 48 hours' leave but Mollie has gone back with him for a week. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harrison (Kearsley) spent the week-end just opposite Tom' s camp. Last week we stated that the Mill hands drew out £1,000 from the holiday camp. It should have been £1,100. In spite of ceaseless snooping we have been unable to obtain any more local news. Everyone on holiday.

Home Guard Notes.
All guards on duty as usual this week. Both guard rooms have been made very comfortable. All the lads when they come on leave think that they can teach their elders at home a few tricks, but the elders think otherwise. When the war is over we might have a competition - the Old Guard v the Young Guard.

Ernie Ball's Joke.
Here is this week's winning joke, sent in by Ernie Ball to whom P.O. for 2/6d has been sent.
Two Scotsmen both in need of a pint have only 6d between them.
Jock: - Put it on the railway line, Mac, and when train comes along it will flatten it out to look like a bob.
Half an hour later the train goes by. Mac rushes up to Jock and shouts: "The tanner's gone!"
"Aye", says Jock, "It was the Scotch Express".

Youth Sunday.
This, at the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderators of the Free Churches and the chief Jewish Rabbi, was observed last Sunday. Good congregations at the parish Church, but we missed the lads away.

On Leave.
Tommy Burns home for 48 hours' for his sister's wedding. Sergt. Stanley Baldwin home for 7 days. Billy Benjamin, Harry Taylor and Bert Barron home for Sunday afternoon.

Have you heard it?
A detachment of the Blankshire Regt. was stationed in a village and the Squire and his Wife though they would ask the Officer in Command to dinner. So the Lady wrote "Sir Tom and Lady Noddy request the pleasure of Captain Perkin's company to dinner on Friday at 8 p.m.
This is the answer she received: "With the exception of three men who are confined to barracks, Captain Perkin's Company has great pleasure in accepting Sir Tom and Lady Noddy's kind invitation".

Have they Landed?
Half crowns have been sent to Harry Price, Bert Price and Harry Latham as winners of the Joke Competition, but so far we have not heard whether they have received them. A p.c. would oblige.

Gone East.
Jimmy Burns (Tarleton and Hoole), Hubert Tindsley, and Jack Orrit (Hoole), have gone east. Engineer Officer Johnny Hague is also somewhere on the high seas in the same direction.

Hesketh Bank News.
Bert Miller and John Iddon Ascroft have joined up. Joe Moore, who is in the Navy is home on leave. Tom Miller was home on leave last week.

When coming home.
As leave has now started again we would remind those who arrive at Preston or Southport after the last train or 'bus has left that if they ring up the Rector, 230 Hesketh Bank, a car will come to meet them.

 
 

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