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World War II newsletter
June 24th 1941

My dear Lads,
I write these words on the Feast of John the Baptist, that fearless proclaimer of Christ THE KING. In the Collect for the day we pray that we too, following his example may constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake. Fine aspirations those. Hard 'to live up to' but grand when we can do it. But it takes a man to do it. In "Extracts from Letters" I tell you about the Bible notes that Jack Bourn so very kindly sends me. They are great - most interesting, most instructive and very easily understood. Ask your Chaplain to get you a series and you will thank him, and me for suggesting it, and Jack Bourn for bringing them to my notice. Tell your Chaplain he can get them from;-
The Bible Reading Fellowship,
171 Victoria Street
London, S.W.1.
I do not know the price, but probably about 2d each. So many interesting letters this week the difficulty has been to pick out the extracts. I thank all who have sent and can certainly say that all my correspondents have developed wonderfully in the art of letter writing.
With my best love,
Your affectionate friend,

Extracts from Letters.
Gnr Dan Stazicker sends a long letter full of interesting items. Says "If you come to visit me you will have to walk four miles from the nearest village." He is only seven miles from Tommy Burns. Last week when on manoeuvres spent three nights sleeping on petrol tins in back of lorry. Still finds the N.L. very interesting. Tpr. A. Barnish has landed in "posh" barracks with every convenience. Is hoping to get married on his next leave to Miss Bessie Abram, Midge Hall. The happy day should be somewhere about July 19th. L/cpl Harry Price says he has applied for a posting to another Unit. Wants Jim Burns' address and tells Jim through the N.L. that he will write him directly he gets it. Sends his kind regards to his brother Bert, John, Hubert and Tom Tindsley, Bill Sutton, Harry Cookson and all the boys from old Tarleton. Pte Ken Robshaw says he feels grand after his leave and is glad to be back with his Unit. Says they have gone back to same billets they occupied some time ago and that his Unit made such a good name for itself there that "the people were writing on boards and windows as we marched in 'Welcome Back'." Wishes to be remembered to the Tarleton lads. Gnr Tom Fazackerley had twenty four hrs off, so he hired a boat and spent the day rowing on the river amidst very beautiful scenery. Went to sleep in the boat and when he woke up found himself 2 miles down stream. Wants us to tell Mr. Dicky West that there are thousands of fish in this river. Is on light duty and says "Since I have been on this I have done more work than ever before." Says he has been to Cambridge three times and here is his impression of that hallowed spot. "It seems that there's a Church down every street and the most lovely buildings I have ever seen." Says his wife is saving all his N.L' s and is going to make them into a book for future reference. Gnr Harry Harrison is now back with his Unit. Says all his pals were waiting for a glimpse of the N.L. "It was as though I was giving them their discharge papers they were so eager to read it" Wishes to be remembered to his brother-in-law Billy Benjamin, "whom I would just like to see - Good Luck Billy”, and all my cousins and pals. Sergt. Jimmy Leacy sends a stamped sealed letter with this note attached, "Dear Rector, In the last N.L. I read that J. Burns seems quite mad at me and others. To save having my 'block knocked off' I have written a letter which is enclosed with this. As I don't know his address would you be kind enough to address it and post it. Perhaps some others mentioned in his letter will take a hint as well." Dvr. Billy Harrison says "the army life is very nice, I had a big surprise". He is somewhere near Jack Robinson. Says he had a very nice Chaplain in his training camp and Bible Class every Sunday Afternoon and Church at night in the Y. M.C.A. Wishes to be remembered to all the lads in the Forces and especially to his brother Tom. Says he has some very good pals who are the very best of friends.
Pte. Ronnie Sergeant back with his Unit from a month's agricultural leave writes to say "I am leading a nice comfortable life up here at Brigade Headquarters. I came here last Tuesday to be tested as a bus driver and they tested me on Wednesday; then, as I passed out O.K. they gave me my own bus on Thursday." Lieut. Arthur Croft writes a long cheerful letter. Says he has travelled all, or nearly all, England and Scotland since he joined the Army, with a little jaunt to France and back thrown in. Speaks very highly of his Chaplain who, he says "is a friend to all of us." In the Battery Sports was 3rd in half mile and also in putting the shot. Says he has written to Pilot Officer Dick Rymer. Corpl Jack Bourn (Rufford) sends the Rector several copies of the Bible Reading Fellowship Notes. These are most interesting and the rector has himself found them most helpful. He has an ideal Chaplain who is doing a great work. Ask your Chaplain to get these notes for you.

Local Gossip.
Dick Burns was married on Saturday at St. Peter's Birkdale. In answer to the rector's query in last week's N.L. Sergt. Stanley Baldwin obtained 48 hrs leave and travelled up from the South coast to visit the rector at Tarleton and ask him to "put the Banns up". He hopes to be married to Miss Julia Lewis, of Fishguard, South Wales, on July 30th. The wedding will be at Fishguard. He also hopes, so he told the rector, to bring his
wife with him on his next visit to Tarleton which will be somewhere about Christmas. We all offer him our most sincere congratulations on his good fortune. Mr. George Dandy, senior, Coe Lane, died on Saturday at the age of 81. Mr. Balshaw, of Plox Brow, is farming Gabbott's Farm at Mere Brow in addition to his farm at Tarleton. Gledhills are leaving the Becconsall at Hesketh Bank and going to live at Southport. They sold a good deal of spare furniture etc. last week. We are told that every thing fetched good prices. So far no-one seems to know who is taking "the Bec". Alf Rowland joins the R.A.F. to-morrow. Tom Dandy (Bank Bridge) goes on Wednesday. Both have already been for a few days, were sent back for a few weeks, and have now been called up again for "the duration". We are told on the best authority that many Pubs in the district have been without beer for days at a time. The new electric organ recently erected in Hoole Church is to be dedicated by the Bishop of Blackburn on 20th. Mr. John Blundell, Johnson's Lane, off Gorse Lane, is in Preston Infirmary, under observation. The tomato controlled prices have caused a good deal of discussion at places where the locals like to congregate. The rector is writing this at 4.15 am. having just got back from meeting a train at Preston. Non-Tarletonian family living in this village with daughter in A.T.S. in South of England home for 7 day's leave. They asked rector to meet train at 3.15 a.m. but it arrived in 3.55. They are lodging at Walter Dandy's. Methodist’s Field Day last Saturday. Everyone, grown-ups included, took their own food and pop and picnicked on field. There was no procession. Silcocks are staying until the end of the week. Mayor's old house, at Websters corner in the village which has been empty for some time is being fitted out as an A.R.P. Headquarters. Dick Iddon, builder, is doing the alteration,
Mr. Balshaw informs the rector that it is his son Harry who has taken Gabbotts Farm at Mere Brow as he is thinking of getting wed. Mrs. Almond (nee Miss Sally Tindsley) informs the rector that she has received an airgraph letter from her husband who is somewhere "out East". Congratulations to Sergeant Ernie Ball upon his well merited promotion. The Sergeants' Mess, of which he now becomes a member, is always regarded as the best in the British Army

Here is an extract from the latest letter from Herbert written on April 15th, and received last week. "The winter is now over and old King Sol is once again enticing mother nature to display her first spring garments. I have not been out to work yet, but I hope to soon. Do not send any more clothes, I have plenty, but towels, soap, shoes, and gym shoes, tin opener and housewife are what I need. Remember me to T. Price and family, and thank them for their letters, also Mr. and Mrs. Price, Harry and Bert, the Staff at the shop, members of the Choir and the Rector": Will all who know him write a letter and cheer him up, but always remember that he cannot write back. Here is his address;- At the top of the envelope put;-

No 3858251 Pte Thomas H. Nutter;
British Prisoner of War,
Stalag V111 B. No 13691.


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