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World War II newsletter
November 12th 1940

Rector's Notes.
This week has been a bad one for news. As you will see there have been plenty of letters from lads away but nothing much of interest has happened in the village or neighbourhood. Still the letter must go out at the right time. This shows how greatly letters from the lads are appreciated, for when there is little local news we can still pass on to the hundred and more lads away, bits of news from their friends scattered all over the world. Next week we hope to give several lines to the experiences of Hubert Tindsley who, as stated last week, is billeted in an East African jungle. We like to receive letters containing news that will be of real interest to other lads. One of these days we will offer a prize for the letter received a certain week containing the most interesting general news. In the meantime we would welcome suggestions for making the N.L. still more interesting. But please remember that owing to paper shortage we cannot make it bigger. Perhaps some lads could send a line cartoon capable of being reproduced in the N.L.
Every Blessing to you all.

Extracts from Letters.
Corporal James Leacy, you will notice that he has been promoted, writes that he is in very good billets in Yorkshire. Being an M.P. his address changes a good deal but the N.L. always follows him. Gunner Tom Fazackerley is billeted in the Church Room right under the clock which wakes him up every time it strikes. Says a man could easily get inside his gun. Dvr. Joe Wait says Abram Wright is with him and they are having very good time. Says also that his brother Edgar has been promoted a full Sergeant; and adds that he will not be home again until the New Year. Marine Kenneth Nicholson writes very cheerfully; says the Jerry planes come over in droves simply screaming through the sky and adds "'Worst part about it is we never see much of the fighting as it is all done over the sea except when a few Jerries get through our defences - which is very few". Dvr. Tommy Burns has changed his address and has gone back to queueing up for his meals, which, says he, "doesn't seem half as nice as sitting down to a table with a white cloth on." Adds, ''the worst thing that is happening now is these guards we have to do.'' Gunner Tom Fazackerley has also changed his address. Says "I am very happy here in this new place; anybody would think that we had just come for a holiday, we have nothing to do." Adds "I am expecting leave on the 27th of Dec. Says he is still under canvas in a field with a few cows which the other morning knocked over the cookhouse, ate the rations of potatoes, cabbage and turnip, upset a big pot of jam and ate that too. Both Tom's letters came this week and you will see from the extract from the second one, which is at the top that he has now left the fields and gone to Church. Pte. John Parker, R.A.M.C., of Liverpool, sends his best wishes to all his friends in Tarleton. Has moved from the South to the North, is in a nice village where sirens rarely sound, and says "the Parish Church here is a very old and grand place." Pte. Edwin Crabtree has moved his billet to a quieter district where mud baths are more prevalent than bombs. One of his comrades is Tom Hughes who was a member of the St. Annes Lads' Club when the Rector founded it 20 years ago, and wishes to be remembered to him. We return the compliment - best wishes Tom. Edwin Crabtree also wishes to be remembered to Bert and Harry Price. Aircraftsman Bert. Barron sends a very good photo of himself and says that everything is very quiet where he is. Trooper Ted Barnish writes to say he did not receive any N.Ls. for four weeks and then they all came at once. They had been travelling about the country after him - probably dodging the bombs. Trooper Alec Barnish writes: "We have a very fine view of the sea front from our hotel which is right on the sea front; I have been watching the fishing fleet come in this afternoon, very interesting. But here comes the snag. He adds "I am writing this letter in candle light, Jerry has just been over and dropped 4 bombs and all the electric light has gone off. Trooper Harry Whitehead sends an excellent photo and is doing well. Dvr. John Robinson has been appointed batman to his Chaplain.

On Leave.
A/C.2 Robert Moss (Hesketh Lane) home for forty-eight hours' leave arrived early on Sunday morning. Gdsn. Harry Crook home for his grandfather's funeral. A/C.2 Billy Benjamin should have gone back today; got on the boat - the wind blew it back to port - so came home for another day. A/C.2 Jimmy Parkinson is still on convoy work in the area and so gets home as often as possible. 2nd Lieut. Eric Hind has been posted to the Loyals. Billy Bridge (see Rufford News) has now returned to his Unit.

Joined Up.
John Pickervance and Billy Sutton joined up on Monday.

Home Guard.
These are now nearly all equipped. Special parade on Sunday next with Hesketh Bank Prize Silver Band. Robert Spencer, John Moss (Hesketh Lane), Thomas Nutter, and Harry Ritchings are now Sergeants. All ranks are now practising with Browning automatic.

Christmas Leave.
In these uncertain times no one can make arrangements far ahead, but the Rector would be grateful if those who think their leave will fall about Christmas-time would kindly let him know so that he can fix up some kind of cheerful evening in the schools. The more we are together the happier we shall be.

Rufford News.
Kenneth Lingard home on leave for seven days; Billy Bridge home on leave, married Phyllis Dandy on Sat., had honeymoon at Blackpool. Linton Ascroft hopes to be home for Christmas and wishes to be remembered to Norman Barron. Rufford mothers who have lads in the Services have thanked the Rector of Tarleton for the interest he takes in their lads though not in his parish. No Armistice Parade at Rufford this year, but special services in Church. £5 was raised at Bowling Match at Hesketh Arms for Ormskirk Spitfire Fund.

Odds and Ends.
The Mill now has spotters; there is talk of them going to a school to learn their new job. Mr. John Willie Butterworth (opposite Tarleton Chapel) had two fingers taken off while working at the brickcroft. Mrs. Daniel Ball, Bank Bridge, died on Saturday in her 80th year; she is to be buried on Wednesday. The Rector's father, who is 90, writes that Hitler dropped a bomb just outside his house in Surrey on Thursday night. It blew all the windows out, but his father and sister were unhurt. His father says he was reading in his study at the time 'and was surprised at the awful row it made'. Councillor John Ward, the Dentist, is the New Mayor of Preston. The British Legion Women's Section, the W.V. S. , the A.R.P., and the A.F.S. and the Ambulance Corps have all been asked to join the British Legion and the Home Guard in the parade on Sunday afternoon.

A Prayer.
Give unto us, 0 Lord, the Spirit of brightness and courage. Help us to help others to face courageously whatever tomorrow may bring to them. Let not shadows oppress our spirits, lest our gloom should darken the light by which others have to live. Say unto our souls, "Be of good courage, fear not, for I am with you." Grant this, 0 Lord, of Thy mercy, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.


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