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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S NEWS LETTER
July 22th 1941

My dear lads.
It really is a wonder to me how I find enough local news to fill a letter, or at least one page of it every week. However I do, and as I think you must admit I do my best to make it pithy and pick out just those small items that will interest one or other of you. This week again as you will see when you turn to the back page, there have been quite a number on leave and this makes the number of letters received somewhat fewer. I do indeed thank all those who have written and thus given me something of interest to pass on to their comrades. This is the "Slack Season" in Tarleton, as you know, for everyone is either in the fields or plucking ripe round tomatoes in the greenhouses. Just as I was writing this in walked John Ball to say "good bye" as he is joining the R.A., A.A. tomorrow. It really is hard parting with one lad after another, and we must all pray hard that war may soon be over and that we have a really good long time together in years of peace. This is a short letter but I have been exceedingly busy this week. May God bless you all and keep you safe from all harm.
Ever your affectionate friend.
L. N. FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Sign Thomas Fazackerley is on a new job. He writes "I am an air sentry, and on a small hill from which I can see miles around, and the country is the image of Tarleton Moss. It is very healthy." Says he saw Harry Ball's waggon from Rufford pass the other day; he waved, but the driver did not see him. Went fishing and caught five fair sized snigs and a roach. Says he is not far from Abraham Wright. Pte Ronnie Sergeant is back with his unit after his 28 day's agricultural leave. Is a bus driver at Brigade H.Q. and likes it, but would like to get to a place where there is a little more life. Ends his letter with best wishes for the continuance of the N.L. Dvr. Billie Harrison has been given his driving licence and says that when he comes home on leave he will shew all his fiends how to drive. Wishes to be remembered to his Brother Tom and to all his cousins in the Forces. Says that when he saw the picture of the Church on the Parish Mag. it made him wish that he was at home. Pte Martha West A.T.S. who is attached to the rector's Regiment, says that she is moving shortly from her present Station and going north. Wishes to be remembered to all the Lads. Says that she has nearly finished the cloth she has been making and would like Mrs. Moss to raffle it for one of the Service Funds. Gdsn. Arthur Molyneux is now undergoing a course on Tanks, and is enjoying it. Works 13 hrs per day, and says "I am sure that we are getting the best training that it is possible for anyone to get." Says that George Burns will be joining him soon and hopes that he will find the work as interesting as he does. Pte Harry Latham being duty driver on the night he writes has few minutes to himself and used them to send the rector a letter. Has changed his regiment and his address. Says that the N.L. is sent on regularly from his old unit. Is billeted near Walter Rawsthorne, but has not seen him yet. Wishes to be remembered to his brother Jimmy, his cousins Dick, Tom, Bill and Harry and to all his pals in Tarleton. Aircraftsman Robert Moss has now returned home, after special leave to see his father who underwent a serious operation in Southport Infirmary. Has been on his first flight testing the wireless equipment, afterwards cruising about climbing and banking at about 250 miles per hour. Says it is really a great sensation and he felt no ill effects whatever. ACW Doris Molyneux W.A.A.F. is still at the same Air Station. Says the camp looks miserable in bad weather but is lovely when it is fine. Has been recommended for posting to an operation station, but may have to wait a while for it to go through.

In a nutshell.
A letter has been received from Herbert Nutter, p o w. saying that he is now working in the building trade. They have made a band up in the camp and have some good concerts. Robert Moss’s father is doing very well. Tom Dandy R.A.F. had an afternoon's leave last Saturday, came home, went out pigeon shooting with George Iddon, put his gun against a tree, it went off and shot entered his leg. He is now in Preston Infirmary and is doing fairly well, but will probably be there a good time. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Slinger have another son. Mrs. Golding (nee Norah Fowler) brought her first born son to Tarleton Parish Church to be baptised on Sunday. The baby was called James, Mr. and Mrs. Golding have a farm at Rufford. Mrs. Foster, (nee May Wilson) is calling her first son David. All the children are now back at school, and do not have another holiday until the back end. John Ball, Wesley cottages, Tom Parkinson, Carr Lane and George Hunter all join up this week. We are asked to let it be known that should any lad be stranded in Preston late at night he can get a free bed and light meals at St. John's Ambulance H.Q. in Chapel Walks, Preston. You should let your friends who live in the north know this. Capt. Fred Croft, eldest son of Dr. Croft, is in the middle east and says he would not have missed the experience for anything. The Rector has received an invitation to the wedding of Sergt. Stanley Baldwin to Miss Julia Mary Lewis, which takes place at the Parish Church, Fishguard on Wed. July 30th. Mr. Nicholson, Kearsley Ave. has to go into Preston Infirmary next week for an operation. Mr. John Blundel has now come back and is doing nicely, although it may take same time before he is completely well. The Mother's Union are having a Whist Drive on Mrs. Richard Wignal’s lawn in Fulwood Ave on Thursday. The Home Guard are having night operations and are making them as realistic as possible. George Spencer, who has been through an Engineering College course and has now passed out, is going to a northern town to work. It is so far away that he will have to go into lodgings. Young John Parkinson, son of Mrs. Richard Parkinson, who was Mary Foster, has been given a special scholarship at Hutton Grammar School. Mr. John Francis O'Keeffe the father of Billy O’Keeffe, who lived for some years in Kearsley Avenue, died at Southport on Saturday and was buried at Tarleton on Tuesday. He was 65 years of age. The Rector has received a Commission in the Home Guard. He is what is known as a Company Officer, but his rank in the H.G. is nowhere near that which he carries in the Army.

Millionaire Mechanic.
Here is a true story told me by Jack Parker when he came to see me during his leave. Two R.A.S.C. drivers were having a good deal of trouble with their motor cycle which refused to function. They tried their best to get the thing to go but in vain. Just then a gentleman came strolling along, asked them what was the matter; they said they did not know; he said "Let me look at it". He got a screwdriver, took a bit of the machine to pieces, put it back and said "Now try it." It started a once. "Said the gentleman to the lads "I was putting motor bikes right before you were born." It was Lord Nuffield taking an evening stroll along the road outside his house in Berkshire, and the two young drivers belonged to Jack’s Unit.

Home on Leave.
Frank McKean, Royal Navy, on short leave before rejoining his ship. Ernie Nicholson went back on Monday after 28 days agricultural leave. Marine William Wright for seven days, now gone back. Sergt Nick Dewhurst for seven days. Sapper Noel Clarke for seven days. Bert Price for 48 hrs. Roy Magee for seven days. Gdsn Kenneth Hind for seven days. William Parkinson, R.A.S.C. for seven days. His brother A.C.James Parkinson for seven days. (Both home together which was very nice.) Robert Moss for short leave on father having an operation. Jack Parker (Liverpool) R.A.M.C. for seven days. Gdsn Aubrey Smith for seven days. Olive Dobson's husband for seven days. She married a lad named Roberts, which, of course is her name now.

Looking Ahead.
All being well we hope to run a few small open air whist drives and the usual social functions before the summer is entirely gone, and already we are making preparations for a few winter entertainments etc. A great deal will, however, depend upon Hitler and the blackout.

Letters and Photographs.
Both these are urgently in request; the former in order that the N.L. can be made still more interesting and the latter because a few, but only a very few lads have so far not sent their photographs to be included in the array on the window sills in the Lady Chapel. So please take note.

 
 

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