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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
June 17th 1941

My dear Lads;
Both in their letters, and on the cards I sent you all, a great number of you have said that you rarely see a Padre, or the Vicar of the Parish in which you are billeted. Now every regular unit has a Chaplain, commonly called "the Padre", and wherever you are billeted there is a Vicar or Rector of that parish. The fault does not by any means always lie with the Clergy. Having been a Chaplain for many years and also the Rector of a Parish where soldiers are billeted I know this only too well. It is almost impossible to get to know some hundreds of men unless those men want to know you. And, of course, you should know your Chaplain or your Vicar. If you were regular at the Service of Holy Communion you would find that the Clergy would soon seek you out. Also with a Chaplain it is quite in order for you to say "Good morning, or Good evening. Sir" as you salute him. When you have done this about three times, or even less, you will find the Chaplain talking to you. Or go to some of his small gatherings, or, if there is no Chaplain to the smaller services in Church. You will find the Clergy very human and very understanding. And always remember that THEY WANT TO KNOW YOU.

With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your devoted friend,
L.N. FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Gdsn. L/Cpl. Nick Dewhurst sends an interesting letter. Says that although so near other Tarleton lads he rarely sees them as he seldom goes outside his camp where they have their own theatre and plenty of other amusements. Says he was pleased to see the rector when he called and it seemed like old times when he used to call at the shop. Is musketry instructor to the Home Guard in his area, and chiefly instructs on Sunday morning. Wants the address of Herbert Nutter, prisoner of war in Germany. Dvr. Harley McKean has been on manoeuvres. Having been attached to G.H.Q. as a Dispatch Rider spent the time in the distinguished company of the Brass Hats. Is still waiting to be transferred to the N.A.A.F.I., a job he was promised, some time ago. Billy Molyneux R.A.F., has now settled down at his new camp in the south of England; says the hours are long but he gets one day a week off working both Saturday and Sunday. Is in a rathor lonely spot which the rector knows well, and says "You can't beat the old Village, Sir". Sign. Tom Harrison says he has just received the N.L. for the first time for weeks now. On duty all day on Saturdays and Sundays so does not know his Vicar's name, and they have not got a Chaplain. Only one Church parade in the last
three months. No air raids and the weather grand. Sleeps out in the open as O.P. Telephonist. Wishes to be remembered to his brother Billy and is glad he likes the Army. Also sends best wishes to his cousins Harry and Jimmy Latham. Dick and Harry Harrison, and all Tarleton lads known to him. Corporal Ernie Ball remembering the glories of pristine Tea Parties writes to say that he could have been home for the week-end if it was only
to have a ride on Silcocks' Round-a -bouts. Says he does not intend to be one of those who are accused, quite rightly, of not writing now and again. Hopes to be home for seven days some time next month. Weather where he is is lovely. Gunner Tom Fazackerly has had another move, going further south. Does not like this place as well as the one he has left but says the food is good. In his own words "I have had a lovely dinner, beef, potatoes, cabbage, and plenty of gravy; after that we had fig roll. I feel as fit as a fiddle and would just like to do an afternoon's ploughing, or something like that." A.C. Robert Moss, R.A.F., says he is doing a lot of night flying now. Spent a week end on a visit to a Unitarian Minister whose son is his pal. Says it was a grand change from camp life. All being well hopes to be home on seven days' leave on the 21st of this month. Says, like most people, that owing to the "extra hour" he never feels ready for bed and in the morning does not want to get up". Pte. Ken Ogden says he did not get last week's N.L. Is still under canvas in a park. Last week, in the Sports, he won a cigarette case in the tug of war and came third in the mile close on the heels of the second chap. Says his company is showing the others the way home by a good number of points.

Local Talk.
Church Tea Party was held on Saturday. No Tea and no Procession, instead every child was given a shilling to spend on Fair Ground. 180 shillings were paid out. On Fair Ground Silcocks had a fine amount of paraphernalia, Noah's Ark, Cocoanut shies. Shooting Galleries, etc., with a special round-a-bout for the little ones. Races for the children with good prizes. Day quite fine. Mr. Silcocks is giving a special "Do" on Wednesday evening when all the profits will be given to the local Soldiers' Comforts Funds. John Caunce was sent last Monday to a R.A.F. recruiting centre in the south of England and stayed three days when he was sent back pending further instructions. Robert Harrison went to a R.A.F. Recruiting Centre in the north and was informed there that being in a reserved occupation (farming) he could not be accepted. Harry Rigby (R.A.F.) has gone overseas, but not east. Pilot Officer Dick Rymer, R.A.F., has gone east. Collections in Church on Sunday for the Church Army Mobile Canteen Fund came to £10. Nick Forshaw went on Monday to a southern port to sit for an examination as a ship's carpenter. If he passes he will be a petty Officer in the Navy. Henry Caunce, Mere Brow, is home on a month's agricultural leave. Rufford "Sermons", next Sunday, the Rector of Tarleton is preaching in the evening. He is also preaching in the morning at St. Paul's, Preston, for their "Sermons". Frank Foulds has gone as an apprentice to Dick Kerrs. A very good photo of Engineer Officer Johnny Hague has been added to the gallery in Church. Lettuce has dropped to 1/- per doz. Mushrooms are 6/- per Ib, but not many Tarleton growers have their crop ready, Tomatoes fetch from 3/6 to 4-/- per Ib. Mr. Ernest Ball was the first in Tarleton to pull new potatoes. His were ready last week. Nurse Olive Hill (Bank Hall Lodge), who was severely injured (collar bone broken and serious injuries to spine) in an air raid at Manchester recently, has come home for a rest. Two motor cars collided near the Black Horse at Hoole on Saturday night. Four of the occupants were taken to Preston Infirmary. Mr.Tom Smith who lodges at Thompson's Farm, opposite Websters, was married last week. His first wife died some time ago. John Moss, opposite Water Tower, Hesketh Lane, who was Signalling Sergeant in our Home Guard, has now returned to the Merchant Navy and is sailing as second Mate. He expects to be away for three months before he gets a little shore leave. Rumours are going round that Sergeant Stanley Baldwin is contemplating getting married, very shortly. The lucky lady lives in South Wales. We hope he will let us know when the happy day is to be so that his friends can send him a line. So please write, Stanley, and tell us all about it.

Letters from Cliff Hambilton.
The two latest letters to be received by his parents from Cliff Hambilton are dated. March 9th and. April 21st. The first was very much censored. What he obviously said was that he is being worked very hard a great many hours a day and that he has a third of a loaf before starting work in the morning. He goes on "Still we keep our chins up and look forward, to the days we have to come, when I can sit in the arm chair and listen to the wireless, and keep eating without stopping." He says he had a Red Cross Parcel on April 20th "which was very nice, but it is a pity to see the state of some of the contents with being kept so long." He then goes on "The Jerries here keep saying that we shall be home this year, so I hope they are right, as I have had enough of this life with it being so hard to keep your spirit up." He then asks his parents to thank Mrs. Spencer and Jim Leacy for their very nice letters "which I received last week but sorry I cannot answer them". For the guidance of those who would like to write and cheer him up here is his address once again — but please remember that he cannot answer your letters. No.1875120 L/Cpl. C. Hambilton, Prisoner of War No. 13691, Stalag VIII, B. GERMANY.

On Leave.
Harry Taylor, R.A.F., for 7 days; Joe Wait, R.A.S.C., for 7 days. Harry Latham for 7 days; William Parkinson for week-end.

Prize Competition.
So far no one has sent in a thrilling adventure in the hope of winning the 5/- we offered last week for the most exciting experience in which any lad from the village took part. If any do come in and they are short and exciting enough to put in the N.L. we will give each sender of those thus published 2/6, and this will not hinder them from winning the prize in addition.

Next Week.
We will ask Mr. Nutter to allow us to give extracts from recent
letters from Herbert in our next week's issue. He writes home some
very interesting letters and we feel sure that all his many friends
will look forward to reading what he has to say about life in a German
Prisoner of War Camp.

 
 

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