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World War II newsletter
November 5th 1940

Rector's Letter

My dear lads,
Things are going on very quietly here in Tarleton. The only fireworks today are those that Hitler may supply. There is just one more serious topic that I want to touch on this week. Every evening at 7-15 we have a short intercession Service when we remember you all and ask God's Blessing on you. Your folk at home, who are living in great anxiety and perplexity need your prayers just as much as you need theirs. Could not you ask your Chaplain to arrange a similar short service for you so that you can in this way commend your loved ones, your home friends and your new comrades to the gracious keeping of God Almighty. I feel quite sure that if you would ask him he would come round to your billets in turn at an hour convenient to you. I used to do this when I was a Chaplain. Talk about it to your mates and make it a really homely little prayer meeting. It should not last longer than a quarter of an hour. With my love and my prayers for you all,
Your affectionate friend,

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Dan Stazicker has left his farm and moved into a grand mansion in the middle of a huge estate; but is still out in the wilds; has also a Y.M.C.A. and a N. A. A. F. I . Pte. R. H. Parker, (Hesketh Lane), says there are too many hills in his district which would not be quite so bad if they didn't go up so high. Says he likes the N.L. Dvr. Jack Robinson sleeps on a race-course, in very good stables, has plenty of home-made butter from a nearby farm and expects to be home on leave in about five weeks' time. Played Stanley Johnson's (Hesketh Bank) team at football - kept Tarleton's end up by winning 4-1. Dvr. John Wright thinks that Tarleton is a grand village towards some over the border. Sends his kind regards to all his friends in the district, and is glad that Herbert Nutter is safe. Gunner Tom Harrison wishes to be remembered to all friends and says that it is very cold where he is. There is no heating in his billets, but he is getting used to it. Marine William Wright writes from a naval hospital; he has had an operation and is now getting better. Says his pals in the Navy are the best anybody could have; Hopes to be home on sick leave (convalescing) in a few days' time. L/Cpl. Ernie Ball says his barracks had a big Ceremonial Parade and all the Officers for miles round came to see it; it was a specimen of what such a parade should be. The Officers came to get a few hints for their passing out parades. Says his address is "AS B.4'". Trooper Ted Barnish (Hoole) says he has received no N.Ls. since he got back from leave - (they have been sent regularly every week: L.N.F.) Is starting on still another course, this time as a motor mechanic, wants to know if Jerry has done much damage in this district. Pte. Fred Forshaw says his C.O. insists on Guards' training. Managed to get five bulls at 200 yards, rapid fire, when he fired his course. Spent a night in a Pill Box recently. Says he has no complaints. Gunner John Rimmer (Hesketh Lane) says that the Army is much brighter and more comfortable since his wife and child are near him in Scotland; also says that Eric Butterworth (late of Blackgate Lane then went to Wesham), is with him but in a different Battery. Says Eric would like to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads, especially Harry Price and Dick Johnson and adds he will send Eric's address to any lad who writs and asks him for it.

Local Gossip.
On Saturday afternoon a Spitfire landed just out of the parish and everyone went to see it on Sunday morning. On Friday night, 8 p.m. the Rector saved six tons of the nation's tea. A large lorry caught fire as he was passing in his car opposite the old Church. He stopped his car, took out his Minimax fire extinguisher, sent his car round to the Rectory for two large size Minimaxes which are always there, poured the whole lot on the lorry, put the fire out, and thus saved the six tons of tea which the driver said he was taking to Clitheroe. He stopped several other passing cars and not one had a fire extinguisher aboard, nor for that matter did the lorry which caught fire. Not an ounce of tea was damaged. Mr. Henry Melling, Coe Lane, died on Sunday morning just after his grandson, Gdsn. Harry Crook, had gone back from compassionate leave. He is to be buried on Thursday, Mrs. Dick Iddon, Gorse Lane, has got home from Lostock Hall Convalescent Hospital and is doing well. Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. George Spencer (Curacy House) went to see her last week in Hospital and were machine-gunned on the way by a Jerry 'plane. They escaped without injured although they had to lie in a ditch. Mr. and Mrs. Nutter have had two letters from Herbert, prisoner of war in Germany; the one written at the beginning of July the other in August. He is keeping well, although home-sick. Mr. And Mrs. Hambilton have also received a letter from Clifford also a p-o-w in Germany. He is working as a fitter and is short of clothes. George Burns was married on Monday to a girl from Rufford. He is home on seven days' leave. All the schools now open at 9-30 in the mornings so that the children can set off from home in daylight. The Rector is giving two of his Muscovy drakes to the Home Guard Comforts' Fund. Dick Barron (Sollom), had his banns called out on Sunday for the first time. Croston has collected £108 for their Spitfire Fund and are doing their best to break all records in the National Saving Department. Tarleton A.R.P., A.F.S., and ambulance were standing to all the other night. Sirens went but nothing happened.

On Leave.
Quite a lot have been on leave this week. Roy McGee, (married Muriel Harrison) for seven days; Harry Cookson for same time. Billy Benjamin flew home across the water for nine days' leave, found a pilot hopping across and so came with him - new method of hitch-hiking? Perhaps! Frank McKean on leave on changing his ship. George Burns for seven days - during which he was wed; Ronnie Iddon for seven days; also Ronnie Sergeant for the same period. Eric Hind - now a second Lieutenant in the Loyals - home for few days on getting his Commission; Harry Crook, as stated last week, on compassionate seven days' leave; Bert Barron for short leave; Tom Harrison for seven days'; Richard Rymer, Hesketh Lane, now a Pilot Officer in the R.A.F. on short leave on getting his Commission. He now has his wings. Captain Fred Croft is also on leave and Gunner Dan Stazicker came home this afternoon (Tuesday).

Joining Up.
William Sutton, joiner, Blackgate Lane, has received his calling-up papers. Harry Rigby joins the R.A.F. on Friday.

Rufford News.
Jack Griffen has been home on seven days' leave; is quartered in one of the "stately homes of England". Says he is batman to his Major - who has the very familiar name of Hugh Southworth - has joined a Concert Party and is booked for a date with the B.B.C. - so look out, or listen out, for him. Bob Townsley has joined the R.S.A. and is billeted in the same village of which Bert Marsden's late Padre - a V.C. - is Rector. Jimmy Southworth, R.A.F. has been on leave. Jim Martland, who is a prisoner of war has written to his parents.

Stop Press
John Rowland, R.A.F. is expected home early on Sunday morning. Dvr. Walter Moss has been granted a few days extra sick leave. Hubert Tindsley, R.A.M.C. has written home to say he is now in the African jungle and is having some rare adventure


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