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World War II newsletter
April 22nd 1941

My dear lads,
You and I have had the inestimable blessing of being brought up in Christian homes. I myself have been part and parcel of your lives as long as you can remember, hardly a day passed but what you saw me come into our village school; I knew you all intimately from the day you could first toddle. And I was with you as standing for something. I was the appointed representative of God and you were placed under my care. My love for you all is known to every one of you; and my prayer for you all is that although you are now scattered to the four ends of the earth you will still retain the full power of your Christian Faith. You have left the sheltered village life with its strong influence of home and Church with my understanding and watchful eye ever upon you and have gone out into what so short a time ago was to you an unknown world. Many of you may have had rude awakenings. But ever remember that you can influence others for their good just as much as they can influence you for your ill. You have had the blessing of knowing what is good and true. Determine to give that blessing to your comrades so that the day may come when Victory is ours and all have returned to their homes, your comrades of to-day may lift up their voices and thank God for the day He sent you to be their companion. Get a Bible and read St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, Chapter 4 verse 8. and think about it.
With my love and all my prayers for you,

Extracts from Letters.
Corpl. Jack Bourn, Rufford, sends a very cheerful letter. Has come from Scotland to England and is in a very beautiful spot where "every prospect pleases. Says that since leaving hospital he has not been troubled with his old complaint. Expects his embarcation leave very soon. Wishes to be remembered to all the lads from Tarleton and District. Sign. Tom Tindsley says that for once he was very pleased to be on the losing side. On manoeuvres his lot were Jerries trying to get through, and although they tried hard they were not successful. Says “please remember me to all the lads. I do not want to distinguish any by name but I think the rest will pardon me if I especially mention my two cousins John and Hubert." Was recently offered a Commission but for several reasons thought it best to decline it. Went to Church on Good Friday evening and found it so packed they had to have an overflow service in the Church Hall: A very welcome letter comes from Aircraftsman Billy Benjamin who says that thanks to the N. L. he feels in close touch with the village although so far away. Sends his good wishes to all his friends in the Forces and especially to his brother-in-law Harry Harrison. Says that his lot have an excellent Football team with four professionals in it. Has sprained his right ankle rather badly. Had it X rayed and they found nothing broken: Artificer Billy Parkinson, R.A.S. C. had a disappointing Easter Day; went to Church at 8 a.m. but had to clean the wagons all the rest of the morning so could not go again; also had to work all Good Friday. This must have seemed a very strange Eastertide to him. He has now finished his training and hopes to get sent to a camp nearer home. Says he enjoyed Easter Monday afternoon when he visited a nearby City and strolled round the Cathedral, and listened to a Band that was playing in it. L/Cpl. Fred Forshaw writes to say that he is still in a garrison town and spends his time planting potatoes. Adds, and this will make our Tarleton Farmers' mouths water, that he really can "knock muck" since there is plenty of Horse manure in his district. Hopes to get a little embarcation leave before, and if, he goes east. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith (Longridge) sends an interesting letter saying that he is still trying to get into the Air Force as a rear gunner. Says ,also that the man whose bed is next to his comes from Birkdale and used to work for Allenscotts. Adds that he was kept busy all Eastertide on Emergency duties. Trooper Alec Barnish (Hoole) brought himself instead of a letter, and we only wish that all the lads could do the same. He is on leave and is coming again to see the Rector before he returns on Friday. Is keeping well and likes his job in the Tank Corps.

Local Gossip.
The motor car that Ronnie Morris lost in Southport the other Saturday night has been found abandoned in Birkenhead with all the lights full on and undamaged. When it was stolen it had just two gallons of petrol in the tank but when it was found it had three gallons in it. Ronnie Sergeant is home on a months leave to work on the farm at Hoole. David Hanson went to the Aircraft Reception Camp on Wednesday and passed as a wireless operator. He has now returned home and will be called up within the next six months. Young Jack Proctor of Kearsley Avenue, late of Mere Brow has returned home from Southport Infirmary after an operation for tonsilitis. Mrs. Richard Iddon, of Gorse Lane, has returned home from Preston Infirmary after undergoing an operation. The Guild of Players gave a really excellent "show" in the Schools on Friday evening. Marine Engineer Johnny Hague has some really thrilling experiences to relate about his adventures when his ship was torpedoed by the Nazi Battleship Gneisenau. His ship put up a fine fight much to the surprise of the Germans. His was the only lifeboat saved and some in that died from exposure before being rescued. He speaks highly of the courtesy of officers and men of H. M. Battleship which picked them up. The infant child of Harry Iddon, Gorse Lane, was buried on Monday. John Sutton, opposite Church, passed his medical on Saturday A. 1. The first child, a boy, of Mr. and Mrs. Barker, Hesketh Lane, was baptised on Sunday. Mrs. Barker was Miss Phyllis Whittle. Lettuce still keeps up to 3/- to 3/6 per dozen. Special Services are being held in the parish Church on St. George’s Day. Mr. And Mrs. Robinson have received a telegram from Jack to say that he arrived back safely from his leave after an uneventful voyage. L/cpl. Fred Forshaw, is still in England. Mr.& Mrs. Nutter have had a letter from Herbert, prisoner of war in a camp in east Germany, saying that he is keeping well and has received letters from home. He sends his best wishes to all his friends in Tarleton. He says Red Cross parcels are now beginning to arrive. The letter was written on March 4th. So far nothing whatever has been heard of Gdsn. Trevor Adams. Miss Elsie Cronshaw, daughter of the late Canon Cronshaw, Rector of Tarleton from 1907 to 1918, has left £100 to the Rector and Church Wardens in her will. Miss Cronshaw died through shell shock when Eastbourne was bombed last year. Church lads will be interested to note that Mr. Webster and Mr. Bailey were again elected Churchwardens for the coming year: The father of Mrs. Graham assistant teacher at Mere Brow schools, was killed in an air raid when away from home. Martha West, A. T. S. has passed her first examination and now has to go to the South of England to a teleprinting school for a months training. She looks very smart in her A. T. S. uniform. Noel Clark is now on a motor boat on the south coast. Nick Taylor, who used to live opposite Tom Barron's paper shop in Church Road, and now lives at Latham, has been called up. Young Alf Rowland has been called up to the R.A.F. in his trade as a carpenter. He goes on Saturday. Mr. Flanagan, who used to live in the caravan at the bottom of Plox Brow, was knocked down by a motor in Lancaster Road, Preston on Saturday night and killed. He was an old soldier and for many years had called regularly at the Rectory to have his pension papers signed. Mr. Slinger had twelve of his cows killed when a bomb fell somewhere in the North West. The same bombs also smashed many gravestones and blew out all the windows of an old Church, in a Churchyard near by. The Home Guard are now being instructed in the use of the Tommy gun. At the present time they are also having intensive instruction in a great many other things.

On Leave
Pilot Officer Dick Rymer for seven days. Marine Engineer Johnny Hague for a month after his ship was torpedoed and lost. L/cpl. Harry Price for a week, (convalescent) Aircraftsmen Harry Rigby and John Pickervance for a fortnight on completion of training. Dvr. Tommy Burns for a week. Sergt. Jimmy Leacy (M.P.) for a week.
Sapper Ronnie Melling for 48 hours. A.T.S. Martha West for Sunday. Pte. Roy. Magee (M. P.) for a week. Seaman Frank McKean, R. N. for weekend while ship is in port. Noel Clark (Nobby) home for a week. Tom Walsh for a week.

From Ireland.
Have you heard the story of the Irish Bomber Pilot who flew over Berlin one night. Just as he arrived over his objective he heard the "All Clear"' sound beneath him.
“Beghorra", says Pat, "Just my bad luck to arrive too late".
So he turned his machine round and flew back home with his bombs.

A Reminder.
In the days that lie ahead we shall have many hardships and difficulties to face. The most effective force in the whole world is that of prayer. Many to-day, alas, are not accustomed to praying but if you will ask your Chaplain he will certainly arrange a prayer meeting and lead you in prayer. And always remember that spiritual forces are always stronger than material ones. Make use of them to overcome the forces of evil.


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