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World War II newsletter
8th July 1941

My dear Lads,
As far as leave is concerned this has appeared to be an exceptionally good week. In fact one can say that for the past month things have been going strong in this way, and most, although not all, those within these isles have had at least a few days at home. And it has also been most productive in the
letter writing line, and for this, as you can well imagine, I have been most thankful. But the summer months are most certainly not the best for producing material for "Local Talk," Everyone available, man woman and child, is busy in the field or the greenhouse, and one day is very much like another. It is really a wonder that I can find anything at all, even the
most trivial item, to put under this heading. This means that for the next week, or so, I shall have to rely more and more upon your letters to help out the N.L., so even though it is very hot, and you are very tired and not in the letter writing mood, remember I shall be most grateful for a few lines. You must admit that I never fail to send my weekly tot to you, and I know
I can rely upon you all to oblige me in this way. With my love and blessing, ever your affectionate old friend,

Extracts fron Letters.
Dvr. Tommy Burns sends a long and most interesting letter. He has been on manoeuvres and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Says, "Please convey to Sgt. Stanley Baldwin my congratulations and very best wishes for a happy future." Also wishes to be remembered to Tom Walsh, Dick Johnson and Sgt. Leacy, and wishes to inform all concerned that he has moved from his last billet. We hope that Lord Woolton does not read the N.L., for he says they have eggs, please note the plural, and adds, "yes Eggs, I should think that this section of ours gets the best food the British Army can supply." A.C. William Sutton writes to say that he has arrived back safely from leave to find the weather great "and the food isn't bad." He is still in the same camp but in a different wing. Guardsman recruit John G. Moss (Kearsley Ave.) is following his father's footsteps by joining the Scots Guards, and likes the life. Says most of his pals come from Lancashire two from Preston and one from Chorley. Remarks that he gets plenty of food and cannot grumble. Adds "I am glad that Ernest Ball has got the rank of a Sergeant." Says he gets his first leave in September. A.C. Alf Rowland sends a very cheerful and well-written letter. Says "I have a very nice billet, four in a room and all very nice chaps. We have the front bedroom over-looking the bay. We have plenty of fresh air treatment." Says he passes out next week "so I shall have finished with stamping about." Dvr. Billy Harrison says he has just received his first N.L. Wishes he had been at the Church Tea Party as he likes riding on the round-a-bouts. Has had a letter from his brother Tom and asks to be remembered to him in the N.L. Has also been on manoeuvres and says he did not take his clothes off for three nights, and is glad they have come to an end. Wishes to be remembered to all his pals. Gunner John Rimmer is a good letter writer and puts quite a lot of news in a small space. He is going on a cooks' course for six weeks, and says "I have refused a stripe this week specially to go on this course as it is one that does not come very often and which costs money." Says that his chaplain is getting in touch with the chaplain where he is going on his course so that he will still be in touch with things. Artificer Billy Parkinson has been to a Church where they have Holy Communion at 6.30 p.m. but he says he prefers it at 8 a.m. He finishes his course in two weeks and he then starts his seven days leave before going elsewhere to be posted to a Unit. Says he likes London and could stay there for the duration. They have a good house to live in, good beds and plenty of pictures etc. Sgt. George Hardcastle
returns his p.c. giving the name of his Chaplain and reveaIs the fact that he has moved his domicile. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith is hoping to get leave next week. Says he hopes that the good weather will continue and "I should then be able to have a grand time at the old village." Sends his congratulations to Sgt. Emie Ball on his promotion. Sgt. Ernie Ball also sends a letter saying that he hopes to be home very soon for seven days. Says that part of his Company has been on manoeuvres which were said to be the biggest ever held. Adds "the weather here is marvellous, plenty of sun, in fact too much at times." Sends his kind regards to his friend Sgt. George Hardcastle.

On Leave.
Dvr. Tommy Burns for seven days. Sgt. Jimmy Leacy for 48 hrs. Trooper George West for seven days; Dvr. Jack Robinson for 7 days; Trooper Harry Whitehead for seven days; Sign. Tom Tindsley for 48 hrs; L/cpl. Fred Forshaw for weekend; Dvr. Ronnie Iddon for seven days.

Reason this out.
Even with our human limitations we know that we only entrust jobs of great responsibility to those who have taken the trouble to make themselves efficient. The whole world after the war will need really efficient and capable people to re-establish it. To whom do you think that God should entrust this task? Your answer will surely be:- to those nations who have made themselves efficient for the job. It is for us, then to shew God now that we are really setting about the work of making ourselves fit for this task. And we cannot reasonably expect God to hand over to us such great responsibilities until, as a nation, we have made ourselves efficient. We must begin now to turn to God if we want a lasting peace.

Village Talk.
The Tarleton Scholarship has been won by Mary Baybutt, of Oak Farm, Church Road. She is at present at Tarleton C.E. Schools. All the schools are now on holiday and most of the children are working in the fields. Sgt. Kerruish, R.A.F. who was a rear gunner in a bomber, was killed in action on Sunday night. His mother and father are Liverpool people and are living at
young Robert Bonney's. He was the only child. He is being
brought to Tarleton and is to be buried in the old Churchyard. He was 19 years old. Mr. and Mrs. David Benjamin have been on a short visit to their son Billy. Nothing more has been heard of Austin Ball (Hesketh Bank) since he was reported missing. On Sunday morning the water main burst in Coe Lane but it was soon put right. William Iddon and his hefty men set to work and by mid-day all was as before. The Wesleyans raised £30 at their "Bring and Buy" Sale on Saturday. Miss Jones, a lady from London who is lodging at Levi Halstead's is taking Miss Alty's Bible Glass while the latter is indisposed. Harry Devitt of the Chip shop Hesketh Lane, has been called up and joins the Armoured Corps on Friday. British Legion Women's Section held a Whist Drive on the Rectory Lawn on Tuesday in aid of their comforts Fund. About seventy ladies attended, and the weather was perfect. The Rector went to a R. A. F. Station on Tuesday morning and arranged for a bearer party to come to Tarleton for the funeral of young Ronald Kerruish. The British Legion is sending a wreath. Mrs. Fred Twist, Fermor Road has a young Free French soldier staying with her. He was wounded and is now convalescent. He is on a months sick leave. Everyone the Rector included, is running short of petrol coupons. Sgt. Stanley Baldwin's banns were called for the first time on Sunday morning. Cpl Frank Foster writes home to say that he has a job after his own heart. He is now in the middle east. Dan Wright and Jack Hodge on Monday night saw a salmon in the river just by the lock, so they followed it up, jumped in and caught it. It weighed six pounds, and they sold it within half an hour. The gates at the full lock have burst and swimming has been stopped at that end of the canal. The Home Guard at Tarleton is offering a prize of £l for the smartest and best turned out Guard. Haymaking is now in full swing. Mr. James Moss, Kearsley Ave., has got a good job as policeman at a special works nearby. He will still be a member of the Tarleton Special Constables, in which he holds the rank of Sergeant. Alexandra Rose day was held in the district last Saturday. Miss Alty's Bible Class collected for Tarleton and gathered in £14. 16. Od. Mr. John Ashcroft
was in charge of the Hesketh Bank collectors where they made over £8.


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