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World War II newsletter
June 10th 1941

My dear Lads,
This week I revert to the letter form of opening the News Letter because I want to be in closer contact with you. I have been a good deal exercised, in my mind lately because I do not think that we, as a nation and as individuals, are fully appreciating the real purpose of this War. No one can accuse us this time of desiring more territory, more power or more wealth. No, we are at war because we realised that Hitlerism was a doctrine diametrically opposed to all that Christ, our Saviour, came to give us. Pride, oppression, ruthlessness, slavery and murder were underlying principles of such a pernicious doctrine. Christians as such were bound to wage war against such teaching. But man cannot fight the Devil by hinself. From God alone can we obtain the strength to overcome such a foe. The sooner that we realise that this war is a Crusade the better it will be for us, We must get our strength, our inspiration, our guidance and counsel from God. And every member of the nation can play his or her part in seeking these weapons. We must each one make our direct contribution to the comnon pool. Failure to do this will hold up the war just as much, nay more, than failure to make our own individual contribution in material things.
Think this over.
With my love and my blessing,
ever your affectionate pastor,

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. Jimmy Burns sends a letter by air mail to say he receives the N.L. and the Parish Mags safely, but sometimes quite a lot arrive together. Says it is very hot in the east where he is. Asks us to tell the boys that it is about time he had a letter or two from them, and especially to tell Jimmy Leacy "that if he is not writing before long I will knock his block off when I come home". Further on in letter repeats this "Well, sir, I wish you would put this in your next N.L. "Dear boys, do not be mad with me but I think it is about time you wrote to Dvr. James Burns, and see what they say about it. James Leacy, Tommy Burns, George West, Harry Price, Bert Price, Harry Cookson, thank you sir". Says he is with Dick Sephton from Rufford in one of the biggest towns in the M.E. Adds "It is nice to hear one of your own lads speak your own twang." Sergt. Jimmy Leacy C.M.P. writes from his monastery to say he was on duty at a place some distance away, went into a Church Army Canteen and found Abraham Wright there, and also Joe Wait. Says that they had quite a long talk together over a cup of tea. Adds, "The N.L. arrives regularly". Also says "Strange as it may seem we have no Chaplain and so far have not been visited by any since we came here". But as we have said he is billeted in a Church of England monastery, and so he says rightly, we suppose, "We do, of course, attend Service in the priory and perhaps that is the reason we receive no visits".
A welcome letter from Corpl Austin Barton, whom the rector saw just for a minute on Preston Station as he was seeing John Caunce off to a southern R.A.F. station. Austin Barton says that he is billeted very near, seven miles, to the Rector's birthplace and where his aged father of 91 years still lives. Adds "I must say that the country is very fine indeed" with which opinion, of course,the rector agrees. Sign.Thomas Fazackerly writes to correct us. When last on leave he did not get 7 days but only 48 hrs. Alas, there were no trains, so he walked to Watling St., got a lift right to Manchester, then bussed it to Walmer Bridge, hitch-hiked to Mere Brow and, he adds "I got a lift from Mere Brow to Holmeswood by none other than our good Doctor Herbert". Was on duty at 2 p.m. in Northamptonshire and was having supper at Holmeswood at 9.15 p.m. Wants Billy Harrison's address. Is going on a three week's course. L/cpl Robert Watson sends a good letter and a very good photo of himself. Says he was sorry to miss the rector when he called but he had just moved further south and had not tine to send his new address. Is now in a place miles from anywhere, pictures once a week in village hall and dance once a week in village school. Is a L/cpl cook and likes the job.
A.C.2 Billy Sutton says he is coming on leave in about a fortnight and will call and see the rector. Is at a very pleasant S.W. seaside resort and says the weather is great. Says "I want to thank you for the N.L. which I have received regularly. Says he still thinks Tarleton the nicest little village on earth - who doesn't?

Local News
We regret to have to record that Austin Ball of Newarth Lane, Hesketh Bank, who was on an East coast patrol boat, has been reported missing presumed dead. This is all his mother has so far heard by telegram. Austin joined the Navy last December and has only been home since for 48 hrs. John Buck, of the Brickcroft H.B. was on one of the ships engaged in the sinking of the Bismark. Engineer Officer Johnny Hague was home for the week-end while his ship was undergoing slight repairs. Winnie Ashcroft of Hoole, works at Tarleton Mill, is being married shortly to Joe Swindlehurst, who lives with Gabbotts who took over Bond' s Farm at Mere Brow. The Home Guard fired a course at a nearby range on Sunday morning. They are reported to have done exceedingly well.
A new industry has come to Tarleton:- the Brodex Company, makers of wonen's dresses have taken the outbuilding of the "Cock and Bottle". They were bombed out of Liverpool. They brought their own girls with them but also employ several Tarleton girls.
Tarleton Church "Tea party" next Saturday. Silcocks have brought all their tackle so there should be a good evening's entertainment.
Mr, Henry Hull, Hesketh Lane, brother of Mr. Eli Hull, died last week. He was buried at Longton. Nicholas Forshaw goes on Wednesday for a test as a Ship's Carpenter. Lettuce this week does well if it fetches 2/6, and tomatoes run anywhere between 4/- and 4/6 according to market. The British Legion has asked the rector to try and persuade George Formby to come to Tarleton in aid of the Club funds which are not so flourishing as usual owing to so many lads being away. We are trying to keep the Club open for the sake of members home on leave and the Servicemen who are in the village. Sid Ball caught an eel over a yard long in the Canal on Saturday. Young Joe Topping was admitted a member of the Parish Church Choir at Evensong on Sunday. Edwin Barron goes for his medical on Wednesday; so also does Tom Spencer (Curacy House). The Gabbotts mentioned above are selling up their Hoole farm and are going to Scotland. So far no reliable news as to what is happening to their Mere Brow farm. Mr. Watkinson of Preston who is in charge of a Church Army Mobile Canteen which serves isolated Units of H.M. Forces in this district is preaching morning and evening at the Parish Church. He is bringing the
Canteen and parking it in School yard for all to inspect. The collections all day will be for the Canteen Fund. Last week the
Mothers' Union very kindly gave the rector £2 towards the cost of sending the N.L. each week to the lads. The members are now very worried as to how they are to get wool for their knitting.
Robert Watson, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, sends the rector a very excellent photo of himself to add to the gallery.
John Caunce went on Monday to Pole Street and they sent him with a batch of others to an R.A.F. Station in the South of England. He returned to-day, Wednesday, to await call-up. Says they put him through a fairly stiff examination.

On Leave.
Harry Cookson for seven days, Johnny Hague for three days, Ken Robshaw for seven days, Noel Clark (Nobby) for seven days, William Ball (Hesketh Bank), (Scoot) for seven days; Norman Barron for seven days embarkation leave. Harry Rigby had 72 hours at Weekend, went back on Monday morning and returned on Monday night for three days embarkation leave. Harry Harrison for seven days. Austin Barton (Moss Lane) for week-end. Frank McKean while ship is in Dock. Walter Moss for seven days.

Prize Competition.
The Rector offers a prize of 5/- for the most interesting or thrilling adventure experienced by any lad from the village in H.M.Forces. No names of places, ships, or Commands should be given, and the story should be short and concise. In order to give those in the Middle and Far East and other theatres of War due time to compete the competition will not close until the end of September. In order to make it quite impartial the rector will ask his friends Mr. George Formby and the Mayor of Preston (Alderman John. Ward, J.P.) to act as judges.

Friend:- So you had a direct hit on your hous. Did it do much damage?
Blitzed: Yes, it reduced the whole lot to powder and all I had left was the mortgage on the property.

Do you like Peggy's engagement ring Flossie?
Yes, I think that it is the nicest one she has been given since the war began.

Mrs. Glynn:- Has your husband started work Mrs. Flynn?
Mrs. Flynn;- Sure he has, and its hard work, and is literally killing him, the dear, but thanks be, its permanent.


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