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World War II newsletter
May 5th 1941

My dear Lads,
This week just a general letter with just a little general news. Everyone in Tarleton is now very busy planting out and finding a great scarcity of labour. However, the extra hour ought to allow a little more to be done while it is still light. The cigarette shortage is being keenly felt here, and strange to say one hears more talk about this than of any other shortage, even of necessary foodstuffs. If I were out to preach a sermon I might easily point out from this the tremendous power of "habit". It is indeed, one of the strongest forces that comes into our lives to rule them. This shows how very necessary it is to acquire good habits while we are young and are more or less our own masters to choose them. Once bad or objectionable habits have taken possession of us they keep us in a tight leash lest we should throw them over. It is very true that we become abject slaves to our habits. This applies to good habits as well as bad. So it is best to decide while we are still young what are the habits we like best and which will satisfy us as our masters and adopt them. Well, as I said, I am not out this time to preach a sermon, but it does just show how a little thing like a cigarette can lead one's train of thought even in this direction. And even that is because I am the slave of the habit of trying to find a lesson to learn from even the minor things of life.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your sincere friend, L. N. FORSE.

On Leave.
L Cpl Fred Forshaw for 48 hrs. Gunner Dan Stazicker for 7 days. L/Cpl Harry Price for 7 days. Trooper George West for 7 days. A.C. Billy Benjamin for 7 days. Pte Harry Latham for 7 days. Gdsn George Burns for 7 days. There may be others on leave but as the Rector is only home just for the Sunday it has been difficult to find out.

A Prayer.
Through every minute of this day,
Be with me, Lord!
Through every day of all this week
Be with me, Lord!
Through every week of all this year;
Be with me Lord!
Through all the years of all this life,
Be with me, Lord!
So shall the days and weeks and years
Be threaded on a golden cord,
And all draw on with sweet accord
Unto Thy fulness, Lord.
That so, when time is past,
By Grace, I may at last.
Be with thee, Lord.

Parish Magazine.
With this week’s N.L. everyone receives a copy of the Parish magazine for May. Most of the actual local news will have been given in the N.L. from week to week but there is a good deal else that is not so local. May we suggest that when you have read it you pass it on to your mates. There may be something in it that will appeal to them, and a little reading matter is always useful. It might be helpful if you took it to your reading room and left it on the table.

Our Thoughts.
Every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. there is a special Service of Holy Communion in your parish Church in Tarleton when you are all specially remembered before the Throne of God. Also every evening at 7.15 there are special intercessions in Church. Perhaps at these times you may think of us at home and say a short prayer for us. Such prayers are very helpful and much appreciated.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. Walter Moss writes to say that he is keeping well and has not forgotten his many friends in Tarleton. Says he is now happily married and thanks the Rector for his share in that happy transaction. Sign Thomas Fazackerley is busy digging a potato patch. He hopes to get a 48 hrs leave sometime in May. Has also been very busy learning the Morse Code and hopes that he will know it sufficiently well to pass his exam. Dvr. Jack Robinson says his Padre, to whom he is batman, was very glad to see him back from leave. Spent a day on the farm milking cows, and a goat, and says that it is just the job he likes, Wishes to be remembered to all the lads and especially mentions Ronnie Iddon. Finishes "I am writing this letter in my car while there is plenty of sun out," A very nice letter comes from A.T.S. Martha West. Everyone will be pleased to hear that she has now got a stripe after passing her first examination. Says she had to try very hard to get through it. Wishes to be remembered to all her friends in Tarleton and especially to all the lads away. Marine Kenneth Nicholson writes to say that he is having a good time in ---. Adds, "Do not know how long we shall stay here but we have been moving all over Africa for the past few weeks." Encloses a picture p.c. of some lionesses in Kruger National Park. Corpl Ernie Ball has been very busy training a squad of `"rookies" in both drill and weapon training. Says that the Band-stand where he is makes a very nice barrack square. Adds "Believe it or not, I have had the pleasure of partaking of that very rare fruit known as the orange, almost as scarce as onions and nicer to eat raw,.“ Wants the Rector to pay him a visit when on his round. A. C. Robert Moss, R.A.F. (Sparks) wants to know if the Rector received the photo he sent in a recent letter (yes, he did, and thought it very good). Says he is now kept very busy as the weather is suitable for flying. Pte. Ken Ogden has been kept a good deal on the move lately. Thinks that they are now going under canvas. Goes in for his test on Monday and hopes to pass it as it will give him a good chance of getting into the R.A.S.C. Should be home on leave in about a fortnight's time. Says that a mate of his likes reading the N.L. although he does not understand the reference in the local news. Trooper George West writes from hospital where he has been a patient for three weeks. He is now out and about again and hopes to get a short convalescent leave. Says he was in the hospital on the night of the big raid on London and has never heard so many planes go over at once as he did then. Sends his best wishes to all the Tarleton lads.

Odds and Ends.
The Rector has now started on his second visit to the lads and will be away for another ten days. He will keep in touch with the parish and he asks all the lads to send letters as usual. He will not have time to visit all the lads on this round but he hopes to get away again later and thus see them all within a reasonable time. When Sign. John Tindsley crossed the Equator father Neptune came on board and the customary rite of ducking was indulged in. When he reached South Africa he had the pleasure of meeting, quite unexpectedly, his brother in law, George Almond. Neither knew that the other was there. A South African doctor took them both out and gave them a good dinner. Then they parted each going to a different destination. Hubert Tindsley is still in the African jungle. He has been billeted in an agricultural college out there and writes home to say that he has been enjoying some excellent cricket, at which game the natives are very good indeed. Says that he still gets the N.L. regularly and enjoys reading it. When the Rector was in Staffordshire visiting Corpl. Jack Bourn he came across a lad from Hoole named Frank Gasgarth of Moss Lane, Hoole who is in the same regiment. Mrs.Pollard, of the Poplars, Hesketh Lane, wife of Andrew Pollard, the clogger, died on Wednesday, She was buried on Saturday in Tarleton Churchyard. A barrage balloon which came down on Sollom Moss caused a good deal of interest in that part of the parish. After it had been deflated it was returned to its base. Much to the profit of the Market gardeners the price of lettuce still keeps up. Last week it was from 4/6 to 5/, per doz. Through hurry or carelessness we made two mistakes in last week's N.L. (1) It was Richard (Dick) Ball of Mill Lane who died, not Jack Ball as announced. (2) Annie Kershaw is to be married on Saturday and not Friday as stated. The Rector will be away from the parish until May 15th. He is writing this letter in the Rectory, but he has already had two days away visiting the lads. Owing to being unable to find anyone to take his Sunday duties in Tarleton he had to return Saturday. He left his car in Staffordshire and came up by train to save petrol. Picks up his car to-day (Monday). Martha West, A.T.S., has now been sent to a South coast town to finish her course on teleprinting. She has sent the Rector a very good photo to add to the gallery in Church. We might add that we are still a few short and we do wish that all those who have not sent the Rector a photo would do so at once. It is a pity to find a few faces missing in such a goodly array. Those who remember William 0' Keef, now a member of the Southport Police will be sorry to hear that he has lost a little child, aged about 5 months.


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