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World War II newsletter
October 14th 1940

From the Rector.
My first words this week must be those of thanks to the people who, by their practical help, make the work of producing this weekly letter much lighter than it would otherwise be. Starting from the beginning we thank Brown's Typewriting Service, of Burnley, who have entered into the spirit of the N.L. and send the copies by return of post. Then Miss Evelyn Webster who addresses and stamps all the envelopes and keeps the address book up-to-date. We thank also those who, like Bert Marsden, give us interesting news from neighbouring parishes; and last but not least we thank those who from time to time make a contribution towards the cost of the N.L. I am sure that you are all grateful to these helpers. Then, too, I thank the many lads who write to me and give me interesting details to pass on to others in my "Extracts from Letters". May God bless you all and keep you safe from all harm to body and to soul and as we pray for you so I hope that you will pray for us; that God may give us all courage and endurance, and the grace to persevere, until the Standard of Christ the King is once again raised over the Kingdoms of the world, and the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of Jesus, our Saviour, the Prince of Peace.

Extracts from Letters.
A/C Jimmy Parkinson sends a cheerful letter in spite of the fact that he was unable to get leave for the wedding. Says there is a Communion every Sunday at 8-0 a.m. in his Camp. Expects to be there another three weeks. Corporal Edgar Wait has changed his address and is now in a very tiny village consisting of a couple of dozen farm houses and a nice old Church; says about 90% of the lads go to voluntary evening service. Says also "would you please remember me to all the lads in the Forces in your next News-Letter, and could you let me have Austin Barton's address as I would like to drop him a line. Gunner Harry Harrison is where the bombs drop thick and fast. They nearly spoiled his dinner the other day; says life is full of thrills and his appetite so good that his wife will have her work on cooking for him when on leave. Marine William Wright writes: "I hope everybody in Tarleton is O. K. because I am having the time of my life here in ----". Says "The Hun comes every night to try and bomb the warships but they might as well never come because they never hit any." Pte. Richard Parker, Hesketh Lane, (married Hugh Ball's daughter) wishes to be remembered to Noel Clarke and says that he has been removed from a coastal town in the South where he was billeted in a palace and was most comfortable, to a town in Yorkshire. Corpl. Jack Bourn sends a long and very interesting letter. Is guarding a German yellow nosed bomber which made a forced landing; the pilot gave himself up; came to Jack's billet at 4-30 a.m. and said he lived in Kent before the war; said he had never fired a shot so we snaffled the 2, 500 tracer bullets found in the machine. Says they had a wonderful Church Parade last Sunday over 1,000 men many colonials, were present. Wishes to be remembered to all Tarleton and Rufford lads in H.M. Forces. Pte. William Bridge (Rufford) says he was detailed as an ambulance driver to rush to the scene of a German bomber brought down by our fire. Three Germans were burnt, one crashed because his parachute would not open, and the other, an officer, was wounded. Bill had to take him to hospital. Also says that he (Bill) came to Preston on escort duty last week, and just managed to slip home for a few minutes. Rfn. Charlie Wright (Mere Brow) has returned to his Unit after his leave; says he is now actually living in a Castle, but the snag is it's 5 miles from anywhere, but a nice place for those who like castles. Wishes to be remembered to Arthur Molyneux. L/Cpl. Ernie Ball thanks the ladies of the Chapel for their parcel containing a good cake and some toffee. Wants to know where Fred Forshaw is billeted. Would like a few Lancashire lads with him. Thomas Fazackerly says he is just back from a week's duty searchlighting. Says we might have seen his beam at 3-30 in the morning, if we were awake at that unearthly hour.

Jack Bourn's Joke.
This week the Prize goes to Jack Bourn who sent two jokes of which the following is one:-
Captain: "Look here, there are men coming into camp night after night after "Light's Out" has been sounded. It has got to stop.
A few days later he asked the Sergeant whether things had improved. "Oh yes, sir", was the reply, "the last man in blows the bugle now."

Rufford News.
Thank Bert Marsden for supplying us with this news: Hugh Southworth home for short leave. Billie Stazicker had seven days' leave but only spent two in Rufford, the other five being spent visiting a particularly attractive piece of human scenery in the South. Raymond Caunce has mated with Jimmy Latham who is in the same training centre. Jim Johnson, who is in the R.A.F. has been promoted. Fred Burton has been home for a few days and has put on weight. Jack Griffen is expected home this week, his first leave for six months. Jack Sephton is in the Middle East. His parents have not heard from him since July.

Hesketh Bank News.
Dick Baxter is home on leave. Eric Wignall is in the Navy. H.B. A.F.S. have H.Q. at the little cottage in Mill Lane where Mrs. Bradshaw lived for some time. They were called out by the sirens on Monday night.

Odds and Ends.
Philip Barron was married at Banks on Saturday and William Parkinson was married at Eccleston on the same day. After going to press last week the County Council suddenly sanctioned a week's holiday for all local Schools for potato picking. Jack Taylor's (Anchorage Farm, Blackgate Lane), dutch barn was burned down on Friday night. Will Hull, Bandmaster, Moss Lane, was married on Saturday. Mrs. Dick Iddon (Gorse Lane) is in Preston Infirmary to undergo an operation. Next Sunday afternoon the Rector is preaching at Longton at a special Service for the Home Guard there. Robert Bonney's first child, a son, was born on Saturday. Tarleton A.F.S. turned out in full force at Jack Taylor's fire (see above). Nine teachers applied for the post of Assistant Master at the Council School vacated by Mr. Weal. Please correct mistake in last week's N.L. The proceeds of Mrs. Hodson's rope of onions is to be divided between the Home Guard and the Mothers' Union Comforts' Fund. H.G. Fund is to buy comforts for guard rooms, M.U. fund to knit and sew comforts for the lads away. Thomas Coulton, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow comes home from Liverpool Hospital on Tuesday.

On Leave.
Harry Taylor for seven days; Edwin Crabtree, Ronnie Pilkington, Walter Loss came home today for seven days. Frank McKean rejoins his ship tomorrow.

Overheard at Southport.
There is a Messerschmitt on view in Kirby's Garage at
Southport, and Mr. Arthur Pickup says he heard a lady say "I am quite surprised, it is only Jerry built", so he turned to her and said, "You are quite right madam, all the German planes are built by "Jerries".

Home Guard News.
The H.G. has now blossomed out with Sergeants and Corporals adorned with their appropriate stripes. So far we have no Sergeant Majors and therefore no crowns. Drill and rifle practice still continues and there is a picket on every night. We are still waiting for caps and overcoats, otherwise fairly well clothed.


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