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World War II newsletter
April 1st 1941

My dear Lads,
Next week, as you will know, is called Holy Week, and contains within it that most solemn day known as Good Friday. It has been set aside from earliest days to commemorate the greatest of all sacrifices made for the redemption of the world. Had men ever truly appreciated all that the first Good Friday meant, the world would not now be in the sorry state it is in to-day. Good Friday commemorates the tremendous sacrifice that GOD Himself was prepared to make that the world might have the power to overcome the forces of evil. It was the culminating expression of that almost incomprehensible Love that God has for us, His children. To-day we are being called upon to emulate, in our humble way, that expression of love for the human race. To understand it and to obtain in the full the benefit of it, we must associate ourselves most closely with the sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross. We should all try and find the time. and the opportunity to attend Church on Good Friday and think, and hear, about these things. We are out to bring back righteousness to a world that has largely forgotten God. It is a glorious cause, and we have a glorious opportunity. Let us make the most of it, and on Easter Day we shall appreciate the worth of sacrifice to obtain the ultimate triumph. And let these holy words run continually in your minds. "Apart from Me, ye can do nothing". With my love and my Blessing,

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner John Rimmer (Hesketh Lane) has been on a Divisional scheme and says that his battery ration waggon driver was killed so they were without food for 48 hours. Eventually they had a good meal in a Churchyard overlooking the sea. He wants the addresses of any Tarleton boys near him and wishes to be remembered to Tommy Walsh and Fred Tiffen. Has got a new Padre but has not spoken to him yet. Hopes to be home on leave in about a fortnight. Pte. Ronnie Sergeant hopes to be home a week on Tuesday, is going to see his cousin Frank Hewitson who is only 17 miles away. Says he could not get to Church on Sunday as he had to take a batch of R. C, s to a Church 8 miles away. The weather where he is, is very good. Sig. Thomas Fazackerly writes while on guard at night with a good fire in front of him. Is on an interesting job. When one of his pals saw the Mothering Sunday card he said "Gosh: that reminds me, I have not written to my mother for a week". So he sat down and wrote at once. "So you can see", adds Thomas, "that even a small thing like a card can bring happiness to some worried mother“. He finishes his letter at 3.15 a. m. and signs himself "One of your lads, Thomas". Gunner Dan Stazicker writes as he always does, a very thoughtful letter. Made his Communion at the village Church where there is no Choir and the parson plays the organ. Says he often recalls the Rector's sermons and one in particular in which he said "We cannot expect to win this war without the help of God, and if we rely on our own strength it will be touch and go". Has been on night operations, sleeping two nights in the open, washing and shaving in a ditch, looking at the stars all night with ground sheet thick with frost. Recruit William Parkinson R.A.S.C. says he did not receive last week's N. L. Has been innoculated again - with a double dose - and it has given him more pain than the last time. Hopes that he will be within range of home at Easter so that he "can help to fill the family pew". A.C.2 Billy Molyneux wishes to express his thanks to the Women's Section, British Legion for the gift of 10./-. Says a member of the Admiralty came to camp and told them all that the Navy is doing to win the war, which he found very interesting. Wishes to be remembered to all his friends in Tarleton and remarks that he is glad to see that the Home Guard now walk out with bayonets by their side. Adds that he is still quite happy and hopes to be home in about seven weeks. Pte. James Latham says they have "good friends, good food and plenty of places to enjoy yourself". Adds "will you please (thank the B. L. Ladies and the M. U. for their kind thoughts on my behalf)" Also wishes to be remembered to all friends and says "God bless them, every one". A. C. Robert Moss (Sparks in R.A.F.) says he is kept very busy with his work though when the weather is really bad it stops flying, "and this is where we get a chance of an easier time". Adds that he likes to be kept busy as it makes the days pass by very quickly. Says the recent excavations at Hesketh Bank must have caused a lot of excitement; also says he knew young Wareing who was killed at Crossens and sends his sympathy to his parents. Adds that he should get seven days leave about April 12th and is looking forward to it.

Local Gossip.
Harry Iddon, Hesketh Lane, has passed A. l. for the Navy and is waiting to be called up. Fred Forshaw (L./Cpl. R.A.S.C.) has now returned to his Unit from seven days embarkation leave, is going east. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith returned to his Unit on Thursday last from seven days leave. Arthur Harrison (married Dollie Iddon, Sollom) home for a month to work on the Farm. Mrs. Richard Iddon, Gorse Lane, has had to return to Preston Infirmary and undergo another operation. This she has had and is doing very well. Dvr. Joe Wait R.A.S.C. has been in hospital as the result of a motor accident. Is now out again and hopes get some leave soon. Dvr. Jack Robinson hopes to be home for seven days leave for Easter. Pte. Harry Latham arrived at Preston Station at 11.45 p.m. last Wednesday night, telephoned the Rector to fetch him, Rector's car was out of order, so the Rector telephoned the H.Q. Lancashire Constabulary and they sent a Police car to Preston at midnight, picked Harry up and brought him home. We thank the Police H.Q. for their kindness. Engineer Hague has had a nasty experience:- His ship was sunk by enemy action; he and some more of the crew were rescued and landed on an island in the far north; but he lost all his belongings. He sent a telegram to his mother stating that he was safe and well. He should be home any day now and we will give further details when he arrives. Mr Nutter, New Road, has received a post card from his son Herbert now P.O.W. in Germany, dated November last year and wishing them a happy Christmas. This is the first news received from him for eight weeks. Tomatoes are fetching 8/6 to 10/- per lb in the wholesale market. Not many on sale yet though H.B. are already supplying some. Lettuce still up to 3/- to 3/6 per doz. Several million lettuce planted out last week in Tarleton. Coe Lane has 250,000 bedded out, and when the Rector was on the Moss last week he visited three market gardeners who had planted over 1,000,000 between them. Where do they all go to? Hugh Latham who was severely injured on Home Guard manoeuvres a fortnight ago is doing well although he still has his foot in plaster of paris and gets about on crutches. Mr. Thomas Taylor, Blackgate Lane died on Friday and is to be buried on Tuesday; the first part of service in Wesleyan Chapel. Fred Carr is home for a month to help on the Farm. Tom Rigby (Toll Bar) is home for seven days leave.

On Leave.
L/Cpl Fred Forshaw seven days embarkation. Will Sutton for week-end. Gerry Pendlebury for 48 hrs. Norman Barron for seven days. Harry Rigby for week-end. Harry Latham for seven days. Tom Harrison for seven days. Ken Sumpter (Longton) for seven days. George West for seven days. Charlie Wright (Mere Brow) for seven days.

The Rector now possess 63 photographs of lads serving with the Forces, but there are still a good many more that he wants. Will those lads who, so far, have not given him one, please do so. Every photograph has been put in a separate frame and placed in the Lady Chapel in Church. There they will remain until the end of the war. And it is nice to see all the familiar faces around us on Wednesday morning when we make the Special intention at the Holy Communion for all our lads away.

Like the days of old.
When the Rector has got just so far with his letter the door opens and in walks Corpl. Ernie Ball, dressed in Civilian attire just as if he were going a walk down Lord Street, Southport. He is home on seven days leave, and told no-one until he got here. He tells the Rector that he is in charge of six three ton lorries, and has a motor bike to run about the country and do his work. He is at present stationed on a well-known race course. Jack Robinson is expected home next week, so, after quite a long period of loneliness the Rectory for the past fortnight and for another week is a hive of activity. Aubrey Smith, Fred Forshaw, Ernie Ball and Jack Robinson all coming in and out make it quite like old times, and very nice and homely.

May God bless you all and keep you safe wherever you may be and may we never forget each other, and pray continuously that the day may soon come when once again we shall be united as a complete and happy family in our little village of Tarleton.


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