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World War II newsletter
25th September 1940

Rectors Letter.
My dear lads,
I am now sending the News Letter each week. to 96 local lads serving with the Forces. One can hardly believe that so many lads have gone, but week by week the numbers swell and soon we shall reach the 100th. I hope that you find the N.L. keeps you all in touch with one another, and if you enjoy reading about what others are doing please remember that others would be equally pleased to hear what you are doing. So if you have not written to me for some time please put that right and send a line. I can then pass your news on to all the rest. Thus we shall all keep in touch with each other and the N.L. will be still more interesting. Remember I like to hear from you all. And have you thought more of that Discussion Class I wrote about in last week's N.L.? You really will find it interesting and so will all your mates.
With my best love and many prayers for you all,
Ever your servant and your friend,

Extracts from Letters.
Billy Benjamin writes to say that he is busy taking out dispatches to R.A.F. Squadrons to go over Germany. Visited John Rowland's station but did not see him. Dvr. Abraham Wright is still in the "wide open spaces", has adopted a small dog, shoots rabbits for the farmers, makes his bed out of the seats of his bus, and every Sunday "takes the Church Parade to a Church five miles away" - quite a busy life. George West has found George Burns only 4 miles away, spends his evenings at the village Church Recreation Room, says this Rector, the Rev. A. Hackblock, is a grand fellow, and seems to be enjoying life generally. Sapper Dick Johnson says he is now quite comfortable, his regiment has had a sports day and is in a football league. Says he is glad to hear of Herbert and Cliff being safe and hopes to hear the same good news of Trevor Adams. Ken Ogden is still under canvas but hopes to get into billets at the end of the month, says he enjoys the Church Parade. Trooper Alec Barnish is also under canvas but is shortly going to billets on a race-course, says, "I had a grand trip the other day with my track vehicle through the main street of (a good sized town). I think the people thought the invaders had landed by the noise we made." Dvr. Tommy Burns wants to thank the Mere Brow children for sending P.O. Also wishes to be remembered to Jack Robinson and Harry Crook. Says he thought the Home Guard very smart when he came home on leave. Pte. Ken Robshaw has moved again and says his name is at the top of the list for leave, has had a slight accident and been off duty for six weeks, says "remember me to all the lads from Tarleton." L/Cpl. Jimmy Leacy sends this week's winning joke which is printed elsewhere. Says his leave was very enjoyable and thanks all those who work so hard for the lads away. Dvr. Walter Moss must have second sight for he writes of the Rector's visit to his old Battalion "no doubt this past few weeks you must have felt like a youngster again", for that is just how the Rector has felt. Writes "My letter to you has just been interrupted", Jerry Bomber came over, up went a Spitfire, two bursts, down came Jerry 'plane; adds "fine lads them pilots", and so say all of us. Ronnie Pilkington is under canvas and finds it cold getting up in the morning. He now mates with John Caunce from Lathom whose father is a greengrocer. Says he is now quite used to being bombed and doesn't bother. Trooper Ted Barnish writes from London "I daresay you have heard what's happening here", says a bomb dropped within 100 yards of him, adds "I took refuge in a building just before it burst or I might have been blown away". Has now moved to a more salubrious spot. Gunner Tom Harrison writes to say that he thoroughly enjoyed the evening the Rector called on him and took him out to the pictures. Says it was the best evening he has had since he joined the Army. Says he went to a Harvest Festival service last Sunday, "it was very nice, but I don't think they can beat Tarleton." Adds that he failed to see in the N.L that Gerrard Pendlebury had passed A.1 a few weeks ago. We apologise for the ommission. Corporal Jack Bourne writes to say that where he is never a day passes but one or more planes crash, so his Batt. is kept busy sweeping them up. Adds "last Sunday one of Hitler's largest bombers crashed with H.E. bombs and five men inside. Says of the N.L. "I lend it to a young Cockney who is in my section and he enjoys it just as if he has lived in Rufford and District."

Jimmy Leacy's Joke.
A Slight Misunderstanding.
Sentry:- "Halt, who goes there ?" Voice in the darkness:- "Army Chaplain".
Sentry:- "Advance Charlie Chaplin and don't be so d--- funny another time."

P.O. for 2/6d has been duly dispatched to James for this contribution to our gaiety.

Our Thanks.
We all owe thanks to Mrs. Stazicker who has given the Rector £1 from the sale of her hymn towards the cost of sending the N.L. also to Mrs. Knight who has also given the Rector £1 for the same purpose; also to Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Watson (Marshes Lane, Mere Brow), Mr. Nutter, Mrs. Tatham (Post Office, Hesketh Lane), Mrs. Rowland and Mr. James Melling who have also made contributions towards the same purpose. Mrs. Knight has also promised a Cinema Show for the British Legion (Women's section) Comforts' Fund.

Odds and Ends.
The wedding of Frank McCarthy to Ursula Hind last Sat. was quite a smart affair. It took place in the small R.C. Church in Hesketh Lane. Wedding breakfast at the "Bec" and reception afterwards at the Bride's home in Fulwood Avenue. Home Guard practised firing on improvised range near Canal bank last Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Coxhead (Sollom) died on Monday. Funeral on Thurs. Harvest Thanksgiving at Parish Church on Sunday next, decorations as usual. Preacher, morning: Vicar of Banks; evening: Vicar of Preston, Rector preaches at Preston Parish Church Harvest on Sunday evening. Parish Mag. should reach you with next week's. N.L. Windows of all the schools have now been covered with anti-splint netting.

On Leave.
Frank McKean home from his ship for 48 hrs. embarkation leave; Harry Price for seven days' from the South of England; Harry Cookson hitch-hiked home on Saturday; and Ken Nicholson home for seven days from a southern port. Engineer Johnny Hague has now arrived in an English port after a voyage east and is expected home shortly.

Joining Up.
Harry Rigby, Church Road, has already joined the R.A.F. and Jimmy Parkinson goes on Thursday. Jimmy Latham has also received his papers and goes on Saturday. Mr. Davies the Liverpool Assistant Master passed his medical last Saturday, and Mr. Freeman (Council School) expects to be called up any day.

From Abroad.
Hubert Tindsley writes home to say that he is near the equator in a ship like a huge hotel, sweating and watching natives dive for pennies. Jimmy Burns is also somewhere in Africa. Kenneth Nicholson took part in preventing the French Fleet falling into the hands of the enemy.

The Words of our Saviour Jesus.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


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