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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S NEWS LETTER
February 18th 1941


My dear lads,
Three times this last week different lads have asked me to help them. This, as you all know, I was most anxious to do. I could have done much more for them and have done it more quickly and effectively had they known the names of their Chaplains. In the last war I knew personally every man in my Battalion, and, of course, every man knew me. The lads themselves greatly helped me in this by asking me into their tents, or billets or dug-outs, as the case might be, and making me feel quite at home. In fact we really were one happy family. To know your Chaplain, and to know him well, should be one of your first jobs when you join your Unit. How to get to know him? Here are a few ways:- Whenever you meet him say "Good morning (afternoon or evening), Sir". He will soon be talking to you. Or go boldly up to him and ask if there is any way you can help him in his work, With 1,000 men or more to look after every Chaplain is grateful for a little help. Or go regularly to your Communions. You will not have been often before he will be seeking you out. It is the Lord's own Sign Manual for true comradeship. But do get to know him. For not only will you help him by doing so but he will ever be ready to help you. It is all part of our religion; it is the Fellowship of Christ, our Savior. Try it and see. It will make life much more pleasant and interesting. There is nothing like a little mutual help to bring out the best in us. Ever your sincere brother in Christ,
L. N. FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Sergeant Stanley Baldwin sends one of his long and interesting letters. Says "I will soon have spent a year in (this district) and must say it has been one of the happiest years of my life. Your welcome News Letter reaches me regularly and I find it a source of interest." Adds "One big change in the unit is that we have none of the Fleetwood Heskeths with us now and personally I miss them very much." Is trying to muster enough courage to have his photograph taken so that it can be included in the church gallery. Finishes "Please convey my warm regards to all my former friends." Pte James Latham has been occupied clearing away snow. Says he shares the opinion of George Burns that "Tarleton is the place for me." Wishes to be remembered to John and Hubert Tindsley, and says that reading the N.L. makes the lads think of each other. Billy Molyneux, R.A.F., has now started his course as a Flight mechanic and finds it very interesting. Says his camp covers eight miles and is in a very beautiful part of the country. Sends his best wishes to his friends in the H.G. Corporal Instructor Ernie Ball, who gives his address AS.B.4, says he is one of those who will hold his hand up about 'Ye Olde Village" being "the best place on earth." Wants Dick Sefton's address so that he can send him a cheery line. Says the weather where he is is lovely, almost like Spring.
Gdsn Arthur Molyneux says he never sees any Tarleton lads nowadays in the south country place where he is billeted. Says all his lot are ready for Hitler if he decides to invade and adds that his Brigadier must be taking notice of Wavell's Army and the way they were trained, because he has started training them night and day. Sapper Ronnie Melling has changed his address and says that the N.L. has not followed on. Is billeted in a cottage on an estate of a gentleman whose wife' s first husband was the Queen' s brother. Is in a small village, with old Church, with date 1624 carved on pulpit; having an easy time with no bombs, but the snag is they have a 40 minutes walk to the nearest town - and pictures. Dvr. Jack Robinson and his Captain played for the local Irish civilian team in a Cup Final soccer match. In his spare time is helping the local farmers and is enjoying every minute of each day. As will be noticed very few letters have come to hand this week. There are still many who very rarely write. If no one wrote you would miss these "Extracts from Letters", which all say they like reading. So if you, who are reading this at this moment, are one of these will you please send off a letter to-day. Thank you, say I, and all the Tarleton lads who like to read the N.L

Village Talk.
Mrs. Iddon, widow of Butcher Iddon next to Co-op, was taken seriously ill on Monday and is now in Preston Infirmary. Underwent an operation on Thursday. Doing fairly well. Grandson Dick Johnson, home on embarkation leave, got three extension. Mrs. Trafford, corner of Doctor's Lane, Sollom, died on Friday morning. Nephew Bert Barron, whom she brought up, got leave and saw her before she passed away. Is staying over for the funeral on Tuesday. The Rector' s motor car is now in working order, and he thanks Mr. Robert Rowland for running him about on urgent duty while it was laid up. With so many lads away British Legion Club won' t pay. Meeting on Thursday to see what can be done. Mr. James Mayor, of the boat yard, who lived with his son at the Lock, died on Saturday. Is to be buried on Tuesday. Dvr. John Wright, Blackgate Lane, who has been home on sick leave returns to duty this week.

Rufford News.
Kenneth Lingard, home on leave was married on Saturday at Burscough Church. Linton Ashcroft, R.A.S.C. home for 7 days. Raymond Caunce writes to say that he hopes to get home this week for 7 days; adds "it will be grand to lie in bed a bit longer" and says he never knew that nights were so long until he went on guard. Mrs Ernie Cheatham died very suddenly last week. Ted Mason's mother died on Sunday. Tom Fazackorley is going into hospital with a bad foot. His wife has only just come out of Southport Infirmary.

On Leave.
Corpl Fred Forshaw from London for 48 hrs. Harry Harrison for 7 days, George West for 7 days, John Pickervance R.A.F. for Sunday leave. Bert Barron on compassionate leave. John Coulton (Hesketh Bank) for 7 days. Ronnie Wilde. (Hoole) for 7 days. Tom Barker, who married Dorothy Hignett, for 7 days, Edward Johnson, (Bretherton) who is with Harry Harrison, for 7 days. Abraham Wright is expected home this week for seven days.

Mrs.Perkins (proudly to her neighbour). Yes, this is our Willie. 'e as my eyes, 'is father's nose and 'is ganfaver's chin.
Little Willie (chiming in), 'An our Johnn's trousis, cut down.

Registering. .
The following are amongst those who are registering this month. John Ashcroft; Charlie Mayor; Charlie Wright; Joseph Black; Henry Iddon; Sam Moss; James Harrison; Harry Abram; Henry Johnson (Enoch's brother); all these from Mere Brow and Holmes; Jack Moss; Tom Wright; John Iddon (Prime); Harold Pilkington; Sidney Ball; Jack Marsden; Hugh Melling; John Sutton; John Hunter; William Cookson; Norman Wade; Albert Becconsall; Leslie Hodson; (Leslie has volunteered for the Marines, has been accepted, and has passed his medical). Walter Rawsthorne has already joined the R.A.F. Robert Parkinson, William Harrison, Jack Latham.

Prisoners of War.
According to the Map of Prisoners of War camps published in the Daily Mail, both Herbert Nutter and Clifford Hambilton are in camps right on the borders of Czechoslovakia, in the district of Germany known as Silesia, between Dresden and Gorlitz. It is really not very far from Southern Poland. As far as their parents know they are not in the same camp although very near each other. And in any case they had not seen each other when they last wrote for it is certainly one of the interesting items they would have mentioned had they done so.

Season of Lent.
The Army on active service finds very little time to pay attention to the seasons of the Christian year. However during the last war the Chaplains redoubled their efforts during this holy time and were singularly blessed in their efforts to bring large numbers of men to a fuller knowledge of, and therefore a greater love for, the Divine Master. Many men during this time came forward and offered themselves for Confirmation. We suppose that most Chaplains will do the same this tine, and we ask all sincere and earnest Christians to help them in their efforts. And this you can best do by your presence at the various services; for it is a well known fact that numbers bring numbers.

For Discussion.
Here is something you can discuss with your mates. It takes very little courage for the evil minded to talk evil to all who come in contact with them, and to try and persuade them to be likeminded, but it takes a great deal of courage for the right minded to talk righteous to all who come in contact with them and try and persuade them to be like-minded. Why is this?

 
 

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