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World War II newsletter
October 29th 1940

Rector's Letter.
My dear lads,
First let me say that I hope that you will like my scheme whereby you can get into close touch with your village friends who are away from home. As the N.L. is sent in a closed envelope this can be done without any extra cost to ourselves or yourself. It would be a thousand pities if any of us lost the old personal touch with each other during the war. You are making new friendships which we hope will be lasting and helpful, but when you come back it will be the old boyhood friendships which will prove the most pleasant and useful. We must all keep together as far as we can under the present peculiar circumstances. That is one reason why I so appreciate the lads calling on me when they come home on leave. I am sure that you all remember each other in your prayers. Anything to keep us in touch with each other is all to the good, for after all true friendship is one of the most beautiful things known to mankind. With my best love and in every prayer of mine making remembrance of you all,
Your affectionate friend,

Extracts from Letters
Long letter from Sapper George Barker (Hoole) who is now in the Cook-house. Says local Vicar visited them and brought a list of people who would give them supper, mend their socks and allow them to have baths etc. Gunner T. Fazackerley has now gone into England to a tiny village containing only 20 houses, all thatched cottages, one general shop and a policeman. Says he likes it very much and the people are most kind. Gunner Tom Harrison hopes to be home this week-end on a seven days' leave, but knowing by now Army routine does not bank too such on it. Says he expects to be moved very shortly. Marine Kenneth Nicholson reckons he is in one of the safest places in England, with a fine fighter squadron and some good guns. Says his Chaplain likes to read the N.L., also adds that Hitler's secret Weapon is the Swiss Navy which he intends to seize and use to bombard our ships. L/Cpl. Ernie Ball says he hears Goering's Flying Circus go over every night. Says he now has a Squad from South Wales who seem to talk a foreign language and adds "I don't know which is the hardest, me to understand them or for them to understand me." Sapper Dick Johnson writes to say he has arrived back safely from his leave, only to find that he is being posted to a station "over the water". Says he thought that where he is was the farthest north one could go but he still has to go a bit nearer the North Pole. Adds that he thinks they do six month's at this station and then get 14 days' leave. Gdsmn. Aubrey Smith (Longridge) has started four weeks' field training in a Park which adjoins the Rector's home town. Says he has just come back from a Battalion cross-country run and a "swank parade''. The Rector's nephew, Sergeant Instructor George Hardcastle, wishes to be remembered to all his friends in and from Tarleton. Says there is a particularly fine soccer team in the Battalion. It beat every other team it played in France, including the Polish Army team.
Will all the lads please note that the Rector writes his N.L. on Tuesday morning and unless letters reach him by the first post on that day they will be too late to be included in the Extracts from Letters".

On Leave
Bert Price home on seven days' leave goes back this Tuesday morning. Ernie Nicholson also home for seven days, and Harry Crook is home on seven days' compassionate leave as his grandfather, Mr. Henry Melling, Coe Lane, is very ill. Harry Cookson has also been home, and Billy Benjamin with two of his mates looked in at home on his way north to pick up some lorries. Also looked in on his way back. Walter Moss is still at home on sick leave and George West managed a few days' leave this week.

Local Organisations.
The members of our local ambulance brigade stand to every other night in the Mission Room, Hesketh Lane. The V.A.D.s make them tea etc. They also have to be at their station directly the sirens go and are not relieved until the "all clear" is sounded. The A.F.S. spent the weekend at a place near Liverpool ready for any emergency. There is a notice in Websters' stating that they are now authorised to attend any fire in the district, whether caused by enemy action or not, and appealing for funds to buy a motor-car. The Home Guard hopes to be fully clothed with denims or battledress within the next few days. The W.V.S. and the Red Cross are also working hard at the moment providing "comforts" for the lads for the winter.

Scottish Chestnut.
In his khaki battle dress, the sandy-haired man entered the local post office and asked for a sixpenny postal order. "Trying the football pools this week?" asked the clerk amiably. "Mind ye ain business", was the reply, "can a man no send money hame tae his wife and bairns withoot you interfering?"

Home Guard Sentry: "Sorry, farmer, but I can't let you go by. Orders is orders.
Farmer: "Well, I came to tell you that your pigs are out again."
Home Guard Sentry: You don't say so, here hold my rifle while I go home and round them up."

Odds and Ends
During the winter months the schools will be closed at 3-30 in the afternoon instead of at 4-0. Henry Barton, Heswell Dean, Hesketh Lane, is in Ormskirk Hospital with a compound fracture of the thigh owing to his motor bike colliding with another at Maghull. Lord Derby was in a collision with an army lorry the other day. No one was injured. Mr. Peter Whiteside, Moss Lane, was married a week last Saturday to Miss Cicely Ball. Mrs. James and Mrs. John Parkinson, accompanied by Mrs. Wareing, went on a visit to the town in which A/C James Parkinson is billeted. They return today. Colonel Simpson, who is in command of the Home Guard for the whole of this district, which runs from Chorley to Ormskirk, visited the Tarleton area last Saturday and seemed pleased with the efforts being made to make the men comfortable. Mr. Robert Latham, J.P. has bought Hill's bungalow on
Plox Brow and is going to live there. Alf. Rowland Jnr. has been off work for a week with a septic throat. He is now getting out again. We have to thank Mrs. Tatham for another subscription towards the cost of producing the N.L. The British Legion is holding a monster Whist Drive to raise funds to send something as a Christmas gift to all lads away. The Rector has received very nice photo of N.A.A.F.I. Miss Alice Fazackerley and also a very good one of Bert Price.

New Feature
In the future any lad away can send a short letter to any other lad from the village through the N.L. All you have to do is to write a short note on one side of a slip of paper, on the other side write plainly the name of the lad you wish it sent to and it will be enclosed in the weekly N.L. and sent to the right address. This should be very useful to those who have been out of touch with friends and would like to start writing again.

We hope that all the lads remember those at home in their prayers and also their former village comrades wherever they may be. Ask your Chaplain to say a prayer now and again for your loved ones at home. A very good prayer is to say the Hymn 595, A. & M. on your knees. It is very beautiful.


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