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World War II newsletter
April 29th 1941

My dear Lads,
As you will see from this letter there has been quite a big "call up" from Tarleton this week. But we are more fortunate than most places owing to the fact that so many of our lads work on the land. Thus in spite of having 120 lads away in the Forces we still have more than another 120 in the Home Guard. This week has been a very poor one for local news and still more poor in letters from your selves. You see, this letter, which does keep you up to date with what is going on in Tarleton and district, absolutely relies upon your letters, and when they don't come it is a very hard job to make the letter interesting. I am, as you know, always ready to pass on to your mates anything that you would like to tell them, and to send your address in confidence. So if you would like to know where anyone is you have only to write to me and get the information required. I do want to keep us all together through this war so that when all return home we do not meet as strangers. I am convinced that under the present circumstances there is no better work for the Church to do than to keep all her sons in close contact with each other and affairs at home. And this is what the N. L. does and we want you to help us do it.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate brother,

Extracts from Letters.
Aircraftsman William Sutton (Blackgate Lane) is having a good time at a South West watering place. Writes "Last Sunday it was Colour hoisting; all the wings on parade, one of the wings having a lot of the Fleet Air Arm lads in it. I can assure you it was a very fine sight." Adds "please remember me to all my old pals in the Home Guard, also to my old pals in the Services." L/Cpl. Nick Dewhurst says that Surrey is a lovely county in the summer, especially for hikers. While waiting for the next batch of Guards recruits he is employed in the Company Office as a Clerk and says he is learning quite a lot, and now knows all the small arms weapons in the British Army. Pte. Henry Latham is in Yorkshire and is going on another course. He would like to be remembered to all his pals, especially his brother Jack and his cousins Dick, Tom and Harry and wishes them "all the best". Says that Jerry is fairly active over his district, but keeps cheerful in spite of it. R.A.S.C. Billy Parkinson is now in London in very comfortable billets with every convenience. He finds it a great improvement on his barrack life. He is on a three month's course at a Motoring School. Says that the hours are very good; starts at 8-15 a.m. and finishes at 5-30 p.m., and on Saturdays at 12-30 p.m., but is too far away to get a week-end leave. William Ball,Royal Navy, from Hesketh Bank, asks to be excused not writing lately but the sea has been rather rough and this makes writing difficult. Says he received six News-letters all at once when he last arrived in port. He is hoping to get a decent leave in a few weeks' time. Says just before writing he was at Church on the upper deck and the Captain conducted the Service. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith sends another very interesting letter: Says the weather in the South is A.1, but that Jerry is very active at night, and last Wednesday's blitz was the worst he has so far experienced.

Rector’s Tour
The Rector hopes to begin his tour at the end of the week. As he can only get a fortnight now he cannot, of course, get to see the hundred and more lads who are scattered over England, but he will do his best and visit as many as possible.. He will also do his best to keep the N.L. going so do not forget to write because no one wants to see the N.L. go west for want of something to put in it. Those lads he cannot visit this time he will do his best to see later on in the summer when he hopes to take another week. He will do the west of England first and will probably finish in London when he hopes to see his father who is in his 91st year.

Local Gossip.
Thomas A. Harrison, R.A.V.C. is in hospital in Yorkshire with a bad foot. Lettuce has gone up again to 3/6 to 4/3 per doz. Harley McKean is getting his discharge to work with the N.A.A.F.I. Canteens. The authorities sent round to ask for names of those with shop experience. Harley sent his name in on strength of being with the Croston Co-op. for several years and was one of those chosen. Mrs. John Barron at the Post Office gave the Mothers' Union a doll made entirely of things for cleaning, such as brushes, dusters, clothes pegs, etc. to sell on behalf of the Comforts' Fund. It was won by Jack Stazicker and made £1.16. 0. The school children gave their annual concert on Friday evening. It was extremely good. Visitors over Holmeswood on Saturday night left a few souvenirs. Aircraftsman Harry Rigby has now been posted to an air training school. Billy Molyneux's mother has given us an excellent photo of him for our collection. Joyce Kennedy is being married to a lad from Mawdsley in the Chapel on Friday, and the following Friday, May 10th, Annie Kershaw marries James Hague (Coe Lane) also in the Chapel. Organ Sunday at the Chapel on Sunday last; soloists, Harry Hodge and Tom Watkinson (late of H. B. now living at Walmer Bridge). Jack Ball, aged about 19 years, who lived in Mill Lane died on Saturday from a mental breakdown. Herbert Nutter’s father told the Rector that he has received five letters from Herbert this week all dated before the one received last week which we reported.

Rufford News.
For this thank Mr. Bert Marsden - Ned Burton has been on leave from the R. A. F. Linton Ashcroft, R. A. F. and Jim Shorrock, R. A. F. also on leave and send greetings to all Tarleton lads in the Services. Ellen Martland, sister of Jim Martland who is a p. o. w. in Germany, has joined the W.A.A.F. Joan Fletcher has taken a course with the R.A.M.C.
Doris Molyneux, who will be remembered as our village queen some years ago, and a very delightful one she made, has joined the W.R.E.N.S. Jon Lea and Hugh Southworth are both expected home on leave in the very near future. Doris Molyneux could be included in Tarleton news because the boundary line between this parish and Rufford runs right through her house. That is why she qualifued to be Tarleton Village Queen.

Joining Up.
Thomas Dandy joins the R.A.F. on Thursday. Henry Caunce (Mere Brow) has already joined the R.A.S.C. Alf Rowland joins the R. A.F. on Saturday. Billy Harrison joins the R.A.S.C. on Wed. Jack Moss joins the Scots Guards, his father's old Regiment, on May 5th. Harry Iddon (son of Robert Iddon, Hesketh Lane) has already joined the Marines, Harry Woosey (H.B.) joins up on Wednesday.

On Leave.
Robert Moss for 7 days; Joe Wait for a month agricultural leave to work on farm: Matt Sutton for 48 hrs. Joe Powell (H.B.) for 7 days. Harry Price for three days. Harley McKean for few days ( see also under local gossip). John Rowland for week. Ted Barnish (Hoole) for 7 days. Gerry Pendlebury for 7 days. Frank McKean, R.N. for 7 days.

From Clifford Hambilton
We thought that you would all like to see this letter from Clifford written to his parents. Note date on top.

24. 2. 41 .
Dear Mother .and Father;
Still waiting for a letter from you but have not given up hope yet. We had a Red Cross parcel per man last Sunday, and half of one per man this Sunday, so we are all in a lot better spirit. It was lovely to have some real good food and to feel it doing you good. Oh! and the chocolate it tasted delicious. I can see myself living on it when I get back home. Well, now the parcels have found a way through we are praying that we shall get one every week. The snow had nearly all gone and we had another fall this weekend, but it is a lot warmer than it was. We are still very busy working as fitters, but are ready for home any day now, and we are longing for it. Give my love to all my friends and tell them to write as often as they like, please. So cheer up, keep your chin up, and the great day of re-uniting will soon come along.
Love, Clifford.

Clifford’s father writes to say that this is the first letter received after a silence of 12 weeks. Readers will remember that nothing was heard from Herbert Nutter for the same period of time until a letter arrived on Apr. 5th saying that he was well. But it would be appreciated if all who know them would write to both these lads. Since receiving the above letter 5 more have come from Clifford, but all of earlier dates.


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