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World War II newsletter
November 19th 1940

We are all looking forward eagerly to seeing a good number of you home for Christmas leave and we are arranging a good time for you. We shall probably have to hold a series of social evenings so that we include all at home over the Christmas season. Now a word on more serious matters. I would ask you to remember that just as your companions are influencing you day by day so are you influencing them. We are all composite creatures; containing a good deal of our original selves but all a vast amount of other people. Have you ever analysed yourself and said, this good or bad habit I obtained from so-and-so, and that from another friend who came into my orbit. Or, I should never have had that outlook upon life if I had never known so-and-so. I got it from him. We must ever be on our guard as to what part of themselves other people are giving to us, and we must be equally careful to see that we only give the best of ourselves to our friends. For we have a habit of carrying such gifts with us throughout the rest of our lives.
With much love, Ever your affectionate friend,

Extracts from Letters.
Pte. Ken Robshaw is billeted in a café on the sea front in what he describes as a grand place; says that he was just going on Church Parade on Sunday when 14 Jerry planes began to drop bombs - no casualties and very little damage. Adds that there will be no Christmas leave for him.

Pte. Harry Cockson asks for Corpl. Jimmy Leacy's address; has moved farther from home so there will be less chance to hitch hike Tarletonwards at week-ends. Has had his photo taken and is sending one to the Rector. Dvr. Bert Price says his even day's leave was really only seven hours - or seemed so; has a nice lot of pals, says "under no circumstances must you forget to send me the N.L. or I shall be kicked out of the barracks by the Boys." So army life has not robbed Bert of his cheery personality. L/Cpl. Fred Forshaw is going on a course for administrative work. Is in a well bombed area but still keeps cheerful; hopes to be home about Christmastide. Sapper Dick Johnson is in a very quiet place near the North Pole and says the food is "pretty good" and so is his billet. No chance of Christmas leave but says his lot will probably be relieved in Feb. or March. Has already experienced a fall of snow. His letter came by aeroplane but as it was not dated we cannot say how long it took to come. L,/Cpl. Ernie Ball says "Our Permanent Staff has one of the best football teams and we dare challenge all comers." But Bert Price in his letter laughed all these invincible to scorn and says he could raise a team from his lot to beat them all. Well! we might arrange a real Derby day yet! Ernie adds that his squad has started bayonet drill and have taken several slices from their fingers - adds "there should be some fun when the recruits start using them." Dvr. Harry Price says that another Jerry crashed on two houses just outside his barracks. Says he has been "spitting and polishing" for days as Lord Gort honoured his lot with a two days visit. Hopes to be home for Christmas "if the big bugs agree", finishes "Remember me to all the boys in your next N.L." Dvr. Jack Robinson is now Batman to his Chaplain and says that it is a fine job. Has to drive him all over the country and says his Chaplain is very kind and friendly. Has good food and is very comfortable. Hopes to be home very soon. Hubert Tindsley writes cheerful letters from the African Jungle and says even in that outlandish spot he still gets the N.L. regularly. So we do travel.

Remembrance Day
Quite a big service on Sunday afternoon. Procession consisted of British Legion Standard, Men of British Legion, Home Guard, H.B. Prize Band, Women of British Legion, W.V.S. A. F. S., A.R.P., Ambulance Corps, Special Constables. Wreaths were laid on the Memorial by Mr. Burt for B.L., Mrs. Tindsley for B.L. Women, Mr. Dean for H.G. Bugler from Fleetwood sounded Last Post and Revielle. Service in Church conducted by Rector. Greek National Anthem was played before THE KING at end of service. Collection for Earl Haig's fund came to £8.

Odds and Ends
Miss Alty's Bible Class Social in Schools last Friday evening to raise funds for Christmas gifts to troops. Members of H.M. Forces admitted free. School was packed. Rector addressed Hesketh Lane Methodist Fireside on Monday Evening. Mrs. Foster has been taken very ill and is in Preston Infirmary. Dick Barron is being married on Saturday. Reception afterwards in the school. His section in H.G. have given him a tea pot and water jug as present. Harry Jackson bought six pigeons for sixpence from Jimmy Mayor, so he will have a cheap pidgeon pie. Six weeks ago Walter Moss's wagon carrying ammunition turned over, caught fire and exploded. No one was injured but Walter and his mate got a terrible shaking. His mate has since been discharged. Walter, on leave, returns this week to duty. Harry Harrison is in hospital; had a very bad turn after inoculation but is now improving. Chapel Social last week made £20. 10. for their Comforts Fund. Mrs. Mary Barron (corner of Kearsley) recited one of her own topical recitations. Tom Barker, of Hoole married Dorothy Hignet of Bretherton (Liverpool road by Windmill) on Thursday last. He went back to his Battalion today (Tuesday). The Hoole and Walmer Bridge W.V.S. are holding a "Christmas Fare". (Yes! That is how they spell it because they are selling all kinds of Christmas eatables including ducks and hams etc.) on Dec 14th to raise money for their Comforts Fund. They also hope to hold a really monster Dance on Boxing Day. We have to Thank Mrs. Rigby (Toll Bar) for this and other Hoole and district news. No word has yet come to hand of Trevor Adams reported missing in Norway. Cheerful letters come from Clifford Hambilton and Herbert Nutter ps-o-w in Germany.

On Leave.
Ernie Pilkington has arrived home on seven days embarkation leave - going East. William Wright home for a fortnight's sick leave. Corpl. Jack Bourne home for seven days is now six foot four. Arthur Molyneux home for seven days, also John Tindsley. John Rowland is expected home any day. Harry Rigby home for a few hours. Tom .Walsh also on leave this week. Commander John Caunce (Hesketh Lane) home on short leave.

Joining Up.
William Sutton was unable to join up on stated day owing to illness. May be going now any day. Billy Molyneux been accepted for the R.A.F.

This week's Joke.
No jokes have come to hand for several weeks and so we are very pleased to find one for this week. It comes from L/Cpl. Ernie Ball, who thus gains the 2/6 prize. Here it is:
Sergt. Major, inspecting Company comes to one recruit with his boots very highly polished, except that the heels had obviously not been touched.
Segt. Major:- "What's the idea, me lad, never cleaning the heels of your boots?"
Rookie:- "Well sir, I was under the impression that a good soldier never looks behind him."

In distant Lands.
Tarleton N.L. has a very widespread circulation. It to be found as far north as Iceland and the Shetland Isles, and as far south as the equator. It has quite a good circulation in the far and near east, and is eagerly read in the African jungle, while it is certainly not unknown in Asia. It travels by land air and sea and even been read in submarines under the sea. We offer a prize of 5/- to the writer of the letter which comes from the most distant part of the world each month. As money cannot be sent abroad we will give it to the next of kin - father, mother or wife to be kept until the lad comes home on leave. Letters must be written by men or women serving in H.M. Forces.


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