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World War II newsletter
October 22nd 1940

The thing that amazes me most is to find how all the lads away, practically without exception, write to say how much they are enjoying Army life. Having tried it myself I thoroughly agree with them. The change over from one mode of living to another so very different has its snags. It has a tendency to upset one's equilibrium. And when we lose our balance, we are apt to come a cropper. It is against this that we have to guard. It is time now to review one's life and sum up how the new life is affecting one's moral and spiritual outlook. Are you as regular in making your Communions as you used to be? Do you say your prayers as systematically? Do the stories that used to make you sick and the sights that used to make you shudder still have the same effect upon you? Or are you growing callous? Well, here are just a few lines of thought to help you to review your life. For remember that you still have the spiritual battle to fight; and a really complete man is one who is strong and healthy both in Soul and Body. And we do want you to return complete; and complete manhood means that we retain possession and mastery of both Body and Soul. Think it over.

Extracts from Letters
A long letter from Dvr. Tommy Burns telling how on manoeuvres his company nearly shot the whole of the local Home Guard who were with them, thinking they were the enemy. Also says "I wish to have published in your next N.L. that the nth M.A.C. will play and beat any of the football teams in which the Tarleton lads are in". A/c.2. Billy Benjamin says he is in a private billet, best of everything, arm chair and cosy fire at night. He is where "The nights are calm and peaceful; no Jerry drops a bomb". Sergt. Stanley Baldwin regrets that his Regt. has moved to other billets. Says the Vicar of his last station was a real help to all the lads. Adds that his troop won a prize of £7 for the best troop in the Regt. Dvr. Harry Price writes to say that they are really in the front line. Coming home from the pictures they have to dodge machine-gun bullets and bombs. However they do manage to bring down a Jerry plane now and again so that things are levelled up. L/Cpl. Ernie Ball says that the post is very bad where he is. The new intake are nearly all Welshmen by name Evans, Jones, Davies, etc. Says "You have only to shout about three names telling them to pick their feet up, and all the squad do so as they don't know whom you mean." Gunner Thomas Fazackerly is changing his address and is going to a small village some fifty odd miles outside London. Asks for the address of William Wright. Also sends a joke. Pte. Ronnie Sergeant has now got on the Motor Transport Section and adds "I can now settle down a little better as I am on the job that I wanted at first". He is billeted in a mansion with h. and c. in every bedroom, baths galore, central heating and beautiful scenery. Says the Y.M.C.A. where he is "practically give away their food". Marine William Wright sends a very nice letter of thanks to the Mothers' Union for their gift of scarf and socks etc. Last, but not least, comes a letter from N.A.A.F.I. Alice Fazackerly who is in a canteen near London. Says even air raids "do not stop us girls from enjoying our Sunday dinner". Also asks us to tell the Home Guards from her "To keep it up, as it is a fine job they are doing". Pte. Fred Forshaw R.A.S.C. says that the food etc. where he is is excellent. Hopes to get home for leave at Christmas.

Odds and Ends.
The Rector thanks Gdsmn. Frank Timperley for the photo duly received. Home Guard at Longton had a big Church Parade on Sunday afternoon, Rector of Tarleton preached the sermon. Hoole Parish Church Harvest Thanksgiving last Sunday; good congregations. Mrs. Hodson's rope of onions made £5.13. 6d which has been divided between the Home Guard and the Mothers' Union Comforts Funds. The Rector had a visit yesterday from Billie Benjamin and two of his mates who came across to fetch some wagons; passing the door they thoughtfully looked in. Also a visit from Pte. Joe Powell of Hesketh Bank who is home on seven days' leave. We must apologise for the late arrival of last week's News Letter. It was not our fault. Mr. Dick Barron (Corner of Kearsley) won the bed-spread raffled for by Mrs. Hugh Ashcroft for Comforts Fund. Rector was in bed all yesterday with a very bad cold plus a little bit of over-work. Are you keeping Miss Evelyn Webster up-to-date well with your change of address? - Otherwise your N.L. is apt to arrive late. Dick Johnson went back on Sunday morning after a seven days' leave. So far nothing more has been heard of the whereabouts of Trevor Adams. If any lad who has been informed in the N.L. that he has been awarded the Joke prize and has not received his 2/6 will communicate with the Rector the P.O. will be sent on at once. Croston is joining with Chorley this week in raising a Spitfire Fund. Croston H.G. did a long route march last Sunday. Mrs. Hull, mother of Ascroft Hull, Hesketh Lane, fell down stairs last week and died soon after. She was buried at Hesketh this (Tuesday) afternoon. The local A.F.S. and A.R.P. had to stand to all Saturday night last. Jimmy Sutton, Newarth Lane, H. B. was wounded by a piece of shell when a bomb burst where he was working. Walter Moss, home on leave, has had it extended owing to illness. Ronnie Melling, Turnpike, joined up in the Engineers yesterday. He is stationed in Yorkshire. Some bombs have fallen in the outskirts of the parish but the only damage was a few turnips ploughed up. Mrs. Dick Iddon, (Builder, Gorse Lane) is in Preston Infirmary. She underwent an operation last week and is doing well. The proceeds of the Cinema Show which Mrs. Knight kindly gave for the benefit of the British Legion.(Women's Section) Comforts' Fund came to £11.10. 0d.

Have You Heard It ?
Here is the story the Home Guard are telling. One night while on duty in Coe Lane a member of the H.G. saw a Ghost coming from the direction of the Churchyard. Being in a bit of a funk he crept into the hedge and the Ghost passed by. Presently he was amazed to see it return. Summoning up his courage he followed it back to the Cemetery. Not being bold enough to go inside he waited a few minutes when out comes the Ghost again carrying a huge tombstone. Here was something material he could tackle so he cried "Halt: What are you doing with that stone?" The Ghost replied, "I was just taking my usual stroll when I was stopped by a member of the H.G. near the Co-op, and he demanded to see my identity card, so I had to come back and fetch it".

For the Ladies.
So far we have only one lady (Alice Fazackerly), on our mailing list. If there are any others who are serving away from home we shall be glad to hear from them from time to time and include extracts from their letters with those of the men. The one thing we do ask is that they will not expect us to include fashion plates as supplements.

Home Guard News
With Corporal Dick Proctor as M.C. the Whist Drive on Friday evening was a great success. Proceeds for Comforts Fund to buy something softer than wood to sleep on. There is also to be a dance for the same worthy object. Home Guard are now practising on a Browning automatic. Regular patrols go out every night and make contact with neighbouring parishes.

Christmas Leave.
We do not know how many will be home over Christmas but we are trying to get up some special festivities for those who are at home; and we certainly shall not forget those who have to stay behind. Will those lads who think their leave may be somewhere around Christmas please let the Rector know?


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