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World War II newsletter
December 23rd 1940

My dear Lads,
First of all let me wish you every blessing for the New Year. 'We none of us know what it will contain before it comes to an end, but we can all determine to go manfully forward trusting in the goodness of God and putting ourselves under His protection. When you come to think of it you have been given a very great opportunity to do some very useful work in the world amongst your fellow men. You have all made new friends and they are all bound to give to you some part of their outlook, their way of living, their character; and you are equally bound to exert the same influence over them. Ever be on your guard. Watch carefully and take only what is best of them, and in your turn give them only what is the best of you. When they return home they will be different men to what they were before they joined up; so also will you. See to it that in the years to come they have no reason to regret having you for a friend, but rather that they may thank God for your friendship because you gave them the very best of thoughts and outlook. Here then is a New Year's resolution and, in fact, a New Year's gift. Pass it on to others.
With the best of love and the very best of good wishes, ever your affectionate friend,

Extracts from Letters.
Seaman Frank McKean writes from a well-known ship in the Navy to ask us to wish all the lads known to him a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Says he has been very busy lately "passing exams for Seaman torpedoman". He has now successfully passed the last and so is fully qualified. Pte. Kenneth Robshaw begins his letter "I have a bit of good news for you; I am expecting to be home on 7 days' leave round the New Year." Says how pleased he is to hear that his father is now home again from Southport Infirmary. Pte: T.A. Harrison is still where he was and says that staying in the same place makes it difficult to write interesting letters for one day is very like another. Also says that he hopes to be home early in the New Year. Like all the lads who write at this time wishes the very best Christmas cheer to all the lads in H.M. Forces. Gdsn. George Burns says he has changed his address once again; adds that although he has changed his location many times he has only gone to towns a "few yards away". Hopes to be coming somewhat farther north in the near future. Sapper Ronnie Melling sends a very interesting letter and among other things he says that he is in a bomb disposal section. He has been on demolition work at a north east town. He asks us to convey through the N.L. his best wishes to all the other Tarleton lads serving with the Forces. Gnr-Sig Tom Harrison writes to say that he has left his former camp and has gone a little further afield. Had an interesting "fli". They landed in the wrong place and had to sleep in a Church for one night. They have now settled down in a tiny village with three shops and no cinema and very kind people seven miles from the nearest town and one bus to hold 28 which runs three times a week. Sends best Christmas 'wishes to all his friends and especially wishes to be remembered to his cousins Harry and Jimmy Latham and Harry and Dick Harrison. Pte. Ken Ogden (Hoole) sends Christmas greetings to the Rector and says that the N.L. is the best letter he gets for the news. Is rather disappointed that he will not be home for Christmas but hopes that the New Year will do something for him in this way. Says that his father is now much better. Manages to get to the pictures once a week. Is billeted in a small village somewhere in the South-East and says that Jerry has given them the "go-by" for some time now - and is thankful for it. Gunner Tom Fazackerley has been on a course and has passed for "Aircraft re-conditioning." Says, "I am having the time of my life just now. The other day cook went sick and me and a pal from Preston filled in the role. "Yes!" they are still living. The Army of to-day will eat anything and not grumble much." Says he gets 7 days leave on Jan. 6th adds "I hope the p-o-ws will be alright, but I know that being Tarleton lads they will make the best of a bad job."

Letters from Herbert Nutter.
This week we print a few extracts from Letters received from Herbert Nutter. He is only allowed to send one letter and three post cards a month and these naturally have to be divided between his parents and his young lady. The Rector has been allowed to read these letters and take these extracts. He can receive any amount of letters and asks all his friends to write. As an old p-o-w himself the Rector knows how much these are looked forward to. Herbert says that he is keeping well and on fine Sundays wishes he were taking a walk along Bank Drive to Bretherton and back via the Toll Bar. He says that recently Jim Martland from Rufford has been sent to his Camp so he has has some-one to talk to who knows this district. Adds that he has some real grand comrades, but all agree that it will be a grand day when they shake hands on the platform and say "good-bye".
Next week we will send extracts from Clifford Hambilton's letters.

Local Gossip. `
Arthur Molyneux came home for four days leave and got married. Fred Forshaw should be home on four days leave on Christmas Day and will be married on Boxing Day. Quite a posh wedding; Organ and Choir, red carpet to Church gates etc. Wedding Breakfast at the Rectory and honeymoon somewhere north of Lancaster. Miss Harriet Cookson was buried at Rufford on Thursday last. There was a Memorial Service, taken by Rector at Mere Brow on Sunday afternoon. The Rector has placed all the photographs he has so far received from the lads away - they number about 50 - in the windows of the Lady Chapel in Church. Sunday School (Church) Prize distribution on Saturday. Mrs. Knight has lent the Cinema for a picture show in the afternoon, then tea, followed by prize distribution.

On Leave.
Gerald Pendlebury for 7 days; Edwin Crabtree for seven days, Frank Foster for seven days, Harry Cookson for few hours, Arthur Molyneux for four days, Dan Stazicker for few hours, John Pickervance for few hours.

This week's Joke.
C.S.M. Did you shave this morning, my man?
Gdsn. No.
C.S.M. No what?
Gdsn. No razor blade.:
This joke was sent by Gdsn. George Burns.

The helping hand.
The Bishop of Blackburn has asked all the Churches in his Diocese to contribte 5 per cent of their collections towards a fund to rebuild those Churches which have been bombed. Needless to say Tarleton Churchfolk promised to do this at once.

Home Guard.
When the Rector went to Church on Sunday morning he found the Home Guard still up. He asked why they had not gone home. The reply was that if they went home too soon they would be expected to make the fire and probably cook the breakfast - and take the wife a cup of tea to bed. The real reason is that they are too comfortable in the old scout room over the garage.

Much Hoole News.
Alan Cook joined the Navy on Tuesday, Dec. 17th. Tom Rigby (Toll Bar) is home for seven days. Tom Norris, Eric Bridge, Cyril Rawcliffe (all of Bretherton) are in Cattcrick Military Hospital. Fred Parr and Edward Jackson, both of Bretherton, who are now p-o-ws in Germany wrote home last week to say that they are still together in the same camp. Ted Barnish (Hoole) is still in England although expecting any day to go abroad.


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