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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY LETTER
10th September 1940

My dear Comrades,
Here I am once more in Tarleton after a most pleasant visit to my old Battalion "somewhere in Wales". On the way back I called and saw Tom Fazakerley and Tom Harrison and also called at Tom Tindsley's camp only to find he was on leave. I saw several Padres and all said how very difficult it is to get to know individual men among the thousand or more under their care. They all said "If only the lads would speak to us themselves we should soon get to know them." Chaplains are not officers in the strict sense of the word, they are the friends of all. They can always be approached and spoken to and when you salute them you can always say "good morning, sir", or good evening as the case may be, or make any other conservation with them. And Chaplains can be such a help to you. I am very pleased to hear from you all that this N.L. is passed round amongst your companions. To them I say also "make yourselves known to your Chaplains." In the years that lie ahead, when the war is long over, this friendship will be treasured.
With my best love, L. N. Forse

Extracts from Letters.
L/Cpl Nick Dewhurst writes that the siren went as they were marching to Church Parade so they had to double back and get their guns but the planes did not come near enough for him to show his skill in bringing them down. He is visiting Henry Price who is now near him. Frank McKean writes from H.M.S. Blank to say that there are two Hesketh and two New Longton lads with him; is having a good time with a gym, football pitch, reading room, wireless and piano. Dvr. Stanley Johnson is with Jack Robinson under canvas in "about the quietest spot in the British Isles; never even smelt "Jerry" yet". Says his tent would make an excellent sieve. Pte. Bert Price says that out of 44 drivers he and four pals were selected to drive a new batch of Armoured lorries for the Brigade. Sends his love and best thanks to all the Mere Brow children who so kindly sent him a Postal Order. Tpr. Ted Barnish is still in London; going back from his recent short trip home ran into an air raid but arrived safely at journey's end. Gdsm. Harry Crook had his 21st Birthday last week. Hopes to get leave next week or the week after. Has now moved again to a slightly safer place. Pte. Ken Ogden says he went on a cross country run with an officer who was a professional runner and had a pretty hard time keeping up with him.

For Dart Players.
Nick Dewhurst sends the following good story.
Sergeant takes his squad for firing practice. One recruit's target registered all his shots in the top corner.
Sergeant:- "You haven't got a single shot in the bull".
Recruit:- "I thought I had to get a double to start with."

Overseas News.
Hubert Tindsley sends a letter home from a port near the equator. Is keeping well but very warm. Jimmy Burns has also landed at a port in Africa.

Odds and Ends.
All schools still on holiday for another week. Frank McCarthy marries Ursula Hind on Sept. 21st. 200 Home Guard, A.F.S., Ambulance Corps, A.R.P., W.V.S., British Legion members etc. marched to Church on Sunday afternoon for special Intercession Service. Church packed to doors, far more men than women. The old Scout room over Rectory garage is now being used by Home Guard. Collections on Sunday for Church Army Mobile Canteens came to £15. Fred Forshaw has passed his medical - probably goes into Artillery. Mrs. Reynolds, Douglas Avenue, well known to members of the Mission Church, Hesketh Lane, died on Tuesday.

On Leave.
Sigmn. Tom Tindslay, L/cpl Ernie Ball and Dvr. Tom Burns home for seven days. Gunner Tom Harrison home for 48 hrs; Bert and Harry Price expected home at end of week. Tom Rigby (Toll Bar) expected home to-day (Tuesday), Jack Parker (Liverpool) home for seven days. Engineer Johnny Hague is expected home shortly. Gdsm. Harry Crook expects leave next week.

Prisoners of War.
As stated last week letters have been received from both Clifford Hambilton and from Herbert Nutter who both say that they are well although p.o.w. The Rector was himself a prisoner of war in 1918 so he can say with first hand knowledge that the knowledge that those at home are praying for them does ease the sense of isolation which all prisoners of war feel. Letters from home are also very welcome indeed. Next Sunday evening there will be a special thanksgiving service for the safety of these two of our brothers.

Guardsman Trevor Adams.
No news has yet been received of Trevor Adams, who was known to be wounded in Norway, and his parents would be grateful for the continued prayers of all that they may hear that he is still in the land of the living.

Home Guard News.
Members of the H.G. paraded on Monday night for issue of great coats and boots. Most of them were on duty Saturday night and all Sunday morning. So far have only been issued with drill overalls, but expect battle dress shortly.

Waiting for News.
It is a long time since the Rector heard from several of the lads, so if you who are reading this be one of these will you please sit down and write at once. The Rector can then pass on bits of your letter to others. By this means other lads know that you are still alive.

Liverpool in Tarleton.
Quite a number of Liverpool folk have come to live or to lodge in Tarleton. One meets strange faces whenever one goes out.

Raising the wind.
British Legion (Women's Section) had a bring and buy sale on Tuesday to raise money for their comforts fund. The members were very pleased to receive letters of thanks from many lads. The Home Guard is holding a Whist Drive in the Schools on Friday to get some money to buy some small comforts for the guard rooms.

A Prayer.
Comfort, we beseech Thee, O gracious Father, those who are cast down and faint of heart amidst the troubles that have fallen upon the world. Grant that in the power of The Holy Spirit they may find renewed strength and courage to carry on until victory is attained through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gift.
Those of you who are appreciating the friendship of new companions should see that you leave with them throughout their lives pleasant memories of helpful comradeship.

 
 

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