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World War II newsletter
July 15th 1941

My dear lads,
I can assure you all that I am praying for the day when, the war over, you will all be back in the old village. I really am missing you terribly the village is a very tame place without you all. The Church lads amongst you will understand my feelings when I say that at the 8 o’clock Communion on Sunday there was not a male apart from the Server. They will know how in the days of old there were always more men than women at this Service and those men were always of the younger generation those I have the privilege of calling my own lads. And in many other ways also I miss the young men of your generation, for when I first came to Tarleton 18 years ago you were the youngsters. I hope that you, too, are praying for a speedy victory for our arms, and above all I hope that you are joining your prayers with mine that when you do return your faith in God and your attendance at His House will be as strong and as regular as before. Now that the Mill is closing down there is also the danger that we may be losing some of our girls, for they will have to go where they are sent; but a great many are being absorbed in one or other of the various works that lie within easy reach, which means that they can come home at night.
With my prayers and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate friend,

They Tell Me.
Chiefly owing to so many lads being home on leave, but also because a good number of others are away on manoeuvres , there have been very few letters written to the Rector this week. So by way of a change he is recording a few of the items the lads on leave have told him. Dvr. Jack Robinson is somewhere across the water with Stanley Johnson. He has been billeted in the same place for well over six months and has a host of friends among the natives. He helps them on the farm, does a bit of bricklaying for them and in every way makes himself very useful to them. L/cpl Fred Forshaw is comfortably billeted in a large mansion well within thirty miles of Tarleton and so can easily get home on short week end leaves. Dvr. Harry Cookson who looks in perfect health, is still north of the border, but his heart is not in the highlands but is in a much nicer place. Marine Bill Wright has now finished his training, and, although when he came on leave he had not been issued with his blue suit he should receive it almost as soon as he gets back.
A.C. John Rowland, R.A.F. who is somewhere on the ''front line" in England spends his time bringing down any enemy aircraft that ventures near him. Has a ring on his finger made from one of his victims. While on leave saw his brother A.C.2. Alfred who managed to get a few hours off to pay a visit home from the northern health resort where he is billeted. Ernie Nicholson is now nearing the end of his 28 days agricultural leave and would like to ask the same question as did Oliver Twist. Ronnie Sergeant is in the same case. However both appear to have benefited from their holiday in the country. John Rimmer, Hesketh Lane, has just finished a week's leave, is now going in for a higher course in cookery. If he passes it will mean a little extra pay. Trooper Harry Whitehead has now had a fortnight of his 28 days agricultural leave, and his brother Ralph managed to get his week's leave during this period. Both are still with the Remounts. Dvr. Ronnie Iddon has now returned to duty and is very pleased to find himself back with his old Unit after his long absence due to being in hospital and convalescent home. Sergt Jimmy Leacy was home for 48 hrs but the rector did not see him personally. He understands, however, that he is still looking as well as ever he did. Robert Moss looked in at the Rectory to say that his father has had to undergo a very serious operation in Preston Infirmary. He got 48 hrs leave but has applied for more. His brother John is 2nd mate on a merchantman and they cannot get in touch with him. Robert says that he has just had his first flight as wireless mechanic.

Village Talk.
Fred Pollard has joined the R.A. F. in his own trade as a cobbler. He has been a signaller in the H.G. almost from the beginning. Tom Bolton from Longton who was in the Tarleton Co-Op, has also joined the R.A.F. When John Hague's ship was torpedoed by the Gneisnau one life boat capsized as it was being lowered; it was presumed that all in it were lost. It has now been found that some of his mates who were in this boat were picked up and are now prisoners of war in Germany. The body of rear gunner Ronald Kerruish, whose parents are now living in Tarleton and who was killed in a bombing raid over Germany, was brought to Tarleton and buried in the old Churchyard. It was a full military funeral, the R.A.F. sending bearers and a Bugler for the Last Post. The H.G. sent a detachment and the British Legion was represented also. The B.L. sent a beautiful wreath. Mr. John Blundell, Johnson's Lane, who underwent an operation in Preston Infirmary, is doing well and is now in "The Willows" convalescent home. Mr. Deane, the Officer commanding the Tarleton Home Guard has now received the King's Commission is a Lieutenant, and Mr. James Melling, who is second in Command, the King's Commission as a 2nd Lieut. Having now no gardener owing to the war, some of the Servers have been giving their evenings to help make the Rectory garden look a little bit tidy. Mrs. Knight is giving the entire takings at the Cinema on Thursday night to the British Legion Women’s Section Comforts Fund. All the staff of T. Melling & Sons are on holiday this week. Jimmy Holmes, Corporal in H.G. has given up his hen business and is now working as an engineer at the Ribble Motor Bus Works. The new organ in Hoole Parish Church, given by the parishioners in memory of their late rector, the Rev. E. C. Dunne, is to be dedicated by the Bishop of Blackburn on Sunday afternoon next, July 20th. This has been rather an anxious week for Tarleton girls and their mothers. Owing to the Mill closing down most of the girls have had to seek other jobs and have done their best to find something to suit them, and fairly near, before the Ministry of Labour compels them to take the first job offered. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Ashcroft, Church Road, have a little son. Mr. and Mrs. Rimmer, Hesketh Lane, have gone to stay with their son John who is billeted somewhere in the north, They have gone for a week. Mrs.Harry Taylor (Mary Cookson), has also gone north on a visit to her husband who is in the R.A.F. Ronnie Sergeant is still home an his 28 days' agricultural leave. Mr. and Mrs. Foster (latter formerly May Wilson, Beech House, Hesketh Lane), have a son. They are calling him David.

Extracts from Letters.
Sign Tom Harrison had quite an adventure when returning from leave, He says "I missed the train at London and had to stay in the Y.M.C.A. all night. I left early next morning for -- and got to sleep in the train and went past the station and had to go back" Says he is still filling sandbags from 8 till 8 Saturdays included. wishes to be remembered to his brother Bill and also to his mate Gerrard. A very nice letter comes from ACW2 Doris Molyneux who will be remembered as our Village Queen some years ago and who is now a W.A.A.F. serving at a R.A.F. Station the rector knows very well indeed. She says that her work at the enrolment Dept is very interesting and they are very busy as a lot of girls are joining before they have to register. Also says they have Church Parades every Sunday in a large hall, but she prefers to go to the Church in ----. Jimmy Parkinson and Walter Rawsthorne were stationed at this Camp for some time but are not there now. Kenneth Robshaw has a bad ankle caused through an insect bite and the M.O. has ordered him to rest. Says he has had some good fun when on a "Stunt". Had to halt people in the street and call 'Hands up', "just like the gangsters you see at the pictures". Has also been busy digging trenches and gun pits. Is now on 48 hrs excused duties and has been innoculated in both arms. Is hoping to get his next leave at the beginning of September. Sends his kind regards to all his Tarleton friends.
A.C. Billy Parkinson has now finished his six month's course and has passed as a mechanic. He has a leave and then reports to the holding Battalion for posting, and he naturally hopes that his next billet will be somewhat nearer home. Says that his brother Jimmy is also getting his seven days leave next week so that they will both be home together.

Look above.
Just a reminder that this has been a very poor week for letters from the lads. We are quite aware that the great amount of leave that has been granted during this fine summer, combined with the day and night operations while on manoeuvres have kept everyone busy on other matters, but even a post card is something, and we should not like to send out a news sheet with nothing in it. When I have spare copy of the N. L. I send it to my brother who lives at Bournemouth. This week I had a p. c. from him saying "We are missing your N.L. lately.” Even those who do not know one of the lads mentioned in it like to receive it and it is as well to remember that it is the lads themselves who make it interesting to read.


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