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World War II newsletter
March 11th 1941

My dear Lads.
It is just as I thought. Since I wrote my little grumble which, as you know was a very, very little one, I have been snowed up with letters. Of course, having been soldiering myself in the last war I know how very difficult it is to keep up with one' s letter writing. All I am dreading now is that you will all think that the other fellows are writing and so if everyone does that I shall have another week with no letters arriving. May I suggest that you each write one a fortnight or even once every three weeks so as to keep the flow constant. I know that perhaps the most interesting section of my weekly letter is that which tells you what the other lads away are doing. Your news interests others just as their news interests you. And without your letters I have little to pass on. I am the clearing house keeping you all in touch with one another and this makes the family spirit very real although we are all separated. I think that you will all agree that there never was such a family village as ours, all knowing each other, all hob-knobbing with each other and, yes, all knowing each other's business. The Rectory has always been an open house for every one to open the door and come in, and you will certainly agree that there is not a soul from the youngest baby to the oldest inhabitant who does not know me intimately and whom I do not know personally. Well!: this is as it should be. And I want to maintain that family spirit even though you are all so separated one from another. I want still to be the link binding each to other. It is a privilege I greatly value. Next week you will all receive your Mothering Sunday Card together with the letter I always send out with it.
With many thanks for your letters and with much love to you all, Ever your affectionate brother, L. N. FORSE.

Joe Wait writes for himself and Abraham Wright to say that they are still together and that both enjoyed their leave. Hopes to be home again on his 7 days' very shortly. Dvr. Tommy Burns has been "seeing England" in his charabanc and appears to be enjoying it. Has also been doing batman to his Officer for a week. Wishes to be remembered to all his friends in Tarleton and surrounding villages and thanks the Rector for the rhymes on "Gas" in a recent issue of the N.L. Trooper R. A. Parker (Hesketh Lane), has left the Infantry and joined the Gunners. Says that he has only four days leave in eight months. Is in a Barracks well known to the Rector who served as Chaplain there for some time . Adds "In your next N. L. I would like you to remember me to George Barker Hoole; and also give my congratulations to Dan Stazicker who married my wife's cousin a few weeks ago. Gunner Harry Harrison says of the place in Scotland in which he is billeted "I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life, the scenery is marvellous": Says that he was 27 hours in the train that took him up north and actually passed through -- on the way and wished he could have jumped out and seen his wife and daughter. Gdsn George Burns says he was in his Y.M.C.A. when a lad came across and spoke to him. It was Harry Price who is stationed about a quarter of a mile from George. He also sees Arthur Molyneux who is also stationed in the vicinity. Has been away on field manoeuvres for a few days and still thinks Lancashire the best county in England. Pte Kenneth Robshaw has his meals in a Picture House that has been closed. Says it is quite a joke walking on the stage for his rations. Has very good billets, but his lot have made them so with scrubbing them down from top to bottom. Is looking forward to his next leave. Dvr. Jack Robinson says that he really has landed in a good place. Hopes to be home for Easter. In the meantime is thoroughly enjoying his job as batman to the Padre. Takes him in car to Confirmation classes, serves him at Holy Communion every Sunday and drives him about all the week. Had a big "Do" on the other night; his mate, who comes from Chorley was in a boxing contest. Wishes to be remembered to all his friends in Tarleton and district. Dvr. Noel Clarke (Nobby), writes from the very south to say that his lot are working seven days a week, starting at 6 a.m. and finishing at 8 p.m. He is billeted in a charming little village and says it is very warm where he is. Still keeps up his boxing but finds little opportunity to do anything else. Is having his photo taken and promises to send the Rector one. Pte. Ernie Nicholson says he is enjoying the sea at a popular watering place in the south, but is only allowed out one half day per week owing to extra work. Is on duty as a Signaller from 0630 hrs to 2000 hrs 'but the job is very interesting'. Had a route march over rough country, came back sweating, for the pace was fast, then had a bath; adds 'Oh, what a joy is a good bath'. Thinks that his brother Ken's letters will be few and far between now that he is on the ocean wave.

Letters received from AC2 Robert Moss; Sapper George Barker; Thomas Fazackerly; Sapper Dick Johnson; Corpl. Ernie Ball; Dvr. Harley McKean; Gdsn. Aubrey Smith Sergt. George Hardcastle.
We will give extracts from all these letters in our next issue as there is no space left in this one.

L/cpl Hugh Latham (Home Guard) who had only received his promotion for proficiency last week, broke his ankle on Sunday while at Rufford on Home Guard Duty. He was lifting a steel girder when he twisted his foot and broke two bones in his ankle. He was taken to Preston Infirmary in the Croston Ambulance. Dr. Hendron was called to him at Rufford and gave first aid. He is doing well. Vincent Marsden's Ice-Cream motor cart skidded in Hesketh Lane and ran into the radiator of Nick Latham' s 20 ton wagon and smashed it up. Strange to say the ice-Cream cart was not seriously damaged. The Rectory is now like an hotel, Two Quartermaster Sergeants, three Staff Sergeants, two L/corporals and four Privates sleep under its hospitable roof. They have the whole of the back wing and so do not interfere with the rest of the house at all. Ted Barnish has sent a cablegram home from somewhere off the coast of Africa saying that he is O.K. Henry Whittle is in bed because a piece of the bone of his leg, which was shattered in the last war, is coming out. Mrs. Richard Iddon (next Co-op) and her daughter Mrs. Thompson are both home from the Infirmary. The Rector has just come down from the Guard Room where the Home Guard picket are frying fish and chips on the fire. George Spencer supplied the fish. Others on duty are Tom Wilson Nick Latham, Norman Pearson, Philip Rigby, Perry Wright. We in Tarleton have more lads serving with the Forces than any other village round about taking our population into account.
The Rector visited Hugh Latham in Preston Infirmary this (Tuesday) afternoon and found that he was be sent home on account of the shortage of beds: Co-op Divi day yesterday.
Special Memorial Service for the late Henry Cookson in Mere Brow mission Church next Sunday afternoon. The Tarleton Red Cross section has just completed making its first thousand garments. Most of these have been sent off but before doing so they had a display of many of the articles made. Mrs. Croft, wife of Dr Lawrence Croft, is the chairman of our Red Cross.

Mr. Davies, the Liverpool Assistant Master at the Tarleton Church Schools, who is a Cadet in the R.A.F., home on leave on completing his course of instruction. He is training for a Pilot Officer. On leave for 14 days, seven spent in Tarleton and seven at Abergele, Wales, which is his home town. - L/cpl Fred Forshaw for seven days on completing a three month‘s course of instruction. Obtained 96 % of marks in his final exam, and is now about to be posted to a unit. Sargt. Wait for 7 days. Sapper Ronnie Melling returned on Friday to his unit, and Aubrey Smith (Sick Leave) on Tuesday. Dr. Croft’s sons have been home for flying visits

The result of the Darts Competition with Bank Hall was that the Home Guard won all games. Afterwards 24 competitors sat down to a Hot Pot supper in the Rectory kitchen. Very intensive training is now in progress. There is same talk of getting up a subscription for L/cpl Hugh Lalham who is our first casualty.

That man may last, but never lives,
Who much receives but never gives;
Whom non can love, whom none can thank,
Creation’s blot, creation's blank.

When the war is over and we have returned to our homes we shall all have friends scattered all over the world. They are bound at times to think of us. What will their thoughts be? Will they have real cause to lift their voice on high and thank God for our friendship because it gave them nobler thoughts and higher ideals; or will they curse the day they knew us because we robbed them of the sight of God?


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