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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S NEWS LETTER
August 4th 1941

My dear Lads,
There have been so many letters this week that I have had to squeeze out my own few words to you to make room for the extracts. However, as you all know, I wish you the best possible.
With my love and my blessing,
Ever your affectionate Rector.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr Harry Price now spends his time driving very superior Officers round Scotland. Drove them by Loch Ness but did not see the monster. Sends his best wishes to ALL the boys away from home. Hopes to be home round about August 9th. Gunner John Ball says that he is feeling fine and the food is good. Says that they are very particular about their battle dresses fitting. Sends on the name of his Chaplain for which we thank him. Wishes to be remembered to all the Home Guard. Second Officer John Moss is delivering bombs etc. to our Forces abroad. Has had a long voyage and only received his mail when he arrived back in port. Brought back a good cargo of fruit and has some most exciting stories to tell. Pte Bert Price sends, as always, a cheerful letter. He is near Nick Dewhurst and a lad named Flenagan, from Plox Brow, makes a little extra pay as Company barber. Says the food is excellent and sends his love to his brother Harry and wishes him all the best. Also wants us to remind Jim Leacy and Bill Sutton that he would appreciate a letter plus their present address. Also sends his thanks to the Mothers' Union and British Legion (Women’s Section) for all they are doing for the lads away.

Extracts from Letters (cont.)
AC William Sutton, writes from the south. Says "I am getting your N.L. regularly now. I only missed it a few weeks while on leave, and during that time I got terribly behind with news of Tarleton". (A good many other lads say that they hear more interesting bits of Tarleton news through the N.L. when they are away than they hear when on leave in the village). Says his sea side town is packed with visitors. Wishes to be remembered to all his pals and sends his kind regards to his late comrades of the H.G. Sergeant Edgar Wait asks the rector to put his banns up. Says his Unit will be moving a good deal during the next few weeks. Has got a new Padre and is going to see him and have a chat. Will of course, be home for his wedding, and says that he is in tip top form. Gdsn Recruit John G. Moss says he has received the Prayer Book the rector gives to all the lads who join the Forces. Goes on,"Well, sir, I am still getting the best food and plenty of training". Has shewn his Chaplain the N. Ls and he takes a great interest in them" as do all my pals, we look forward to it every week." Ends "Please remember me to Harry Cookson and George Burns in the News Letter." Trooper Ted Barnish (Hoole), is in a quiet spot in the middle east surrounded by sand and miles from the nearest town, "so you see letters are a big thing". Has received four News Letters within the last week. (Ted's letter was written on May 21st.) Sends his best wishes to his brother Alec, Ronnie Sergeant and Harry Crook. Has a very nice Chaplain attached to the Regiment named Mr.Metcalfe, who takes a keen interest in the lads. Sign. Robert Moss R.A.F., has had an exciting week. Writes to say his brother John's ship put into a nearby port and he was able to get off to see him. Spent the night on board, had meals with the Captain, John, and other Officers and thoroughly enjoyed the change. Quite a long letter comes from L/cpl John Tindsley who is in the really far east. Says he is in hospital with "suspected appendicitis". The letter was written on April 17th. He had only just then received his Christmas News Letter containing the P.0. from the Mothers’ Union. Cashed it, the P. O. in a N.A.A.F.I tent in a rubber plantation and received dollars and cents for it. His journey out covered 1,800 miles owing to zigg zagging to avoid U boats and landing troops at different ports. Went on Shore for few hours at one eastern port and ran smack into his brother in law George Almond whom he did not know was anywhere near there. Also met Eric Hind last week at a cricket match when his Unit was playing Eric's. Since January he has had four types of currency in his pocket, been on three continents, crossed the equator twice, ridden in rickshaws, bargained with natives Chinees, Indian, Malayan, bitten by mosquitos. Dvr. William Harrison says he is in the very best of health, has heard that his brother Tom is in hospital and wishes him a speedy recovery. Says they are a very long way from a town, and even then it is not much of a town, but they have dances twice a week and pictures once, in the echelon, so things are not so bad. Hopes to be home on leave fairly soon. Pte Arthur Harrison writes to say he has got his wife lodgings close to where he is billeted and is having her down with him for a week. Wishes to be remembered to Mrs. Wilcox, Hesketh Lane and Mrs. Robinson, Plox Brow. Has been on manoeuvres and has been kept very busy. Dvr. Water Moss writes that although now he is married he is officially a parishioner of "Th- Edge O Leet" he still regards himself as part of Tarleton. Is in the extreme south of England. Is in the same Unit as Edgar Wait but never sees him. Says he gets his N. Ls regularly. Says he continually remembers his comrades whom he left in France and who were taken prisoners of war, and hopes the time will soon come when we can go over and liberate them.
Letters left over this week from Pte Ernie Nicholson, Trooper Ted Barnish (letter dated 5/5/41,which arrived three days after the one quoted above which was dated 21/5/41.) Sign Thomas Fazackerley, and Sergeant George Hardcastle.

On Leave.
Second Officer John Moss (Hesketh Lane),for five days; A.C.2, Fred Pollard, R. A. F. for few hours on Sunday, Engineer Officer Johnny Hague for few days while ship is being overhauled. Tom Walsh for a week; Billy Molyneux, R.A.F. flew home for week's leave.

An excellent suggestion.
Captain Fred Croft, eldest son of Dr. and Mrs. Croft, sends home a long and interesting airgraph. His Unit has trekked over 2,000 miles through the desert without losing a man. He is thoroughly enjoying his experiences, but says that ordinary letters take a very long time to reach him. Also says that the News Letter has followed him up wherever he has gone, although it is months out of date when he receives it. So he makes the excellent suggestion that it be sent by air mail. In the future all N. Ls. sent to the Forces in the Middle East, or East, will be sent by air. There are now about 18 lads in the M.E.F. to whom N. L's are sent, so they can expect their news to reach them piping hot, only about a fortnight out of date. In return we ask those in the M.E.F. to keep us well supplied with news from their end of the world. A letter once a fortnight should not be too much to ask.

In a Nutshell.
Joe Moore, of Hesketh Bank, who was in H.M.S. Fearless when she was torpedoed, has sent a Cablegram home saying that he is safe. Alec Barnish, of Hoole married last week at St. James' Leyland to Bessie Abram of Midge Hall. Sergt. Edgar Wait is to be married at the end of this month at Tarleton Parish Church to Joyce Brockley. Their Banns were called for the first time on Sunday. Harry Swartzman, who used to live in Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, and now lives at Banks, is on a merchantman. Some time ago his ship called at a port in East Africa and in a certain place into which he went he saw the name "L/cpl Frank Foster of Tarleton" written up in pencil on the wall. Jim Abram, who lives with his uncle Hugh Ball in Hesketh Lane, has joined the A.T.C. at Preston. Mrs. Holmes, who was Jennie Tomlinson of Mere Brow, is staying with her husband, who is in the, R.A.S.C., in the south of England. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Barron, Hesketh Lane, have adopted a baby boy of five months old whose parents were lost in a Blitz. He was christened David on Sunday afternoon in Tarleton Parish Church. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Southworth, Blackgate Lane, have also adopted a baby boy. A lad named Blundell, of Banks, aged 16, and reported to be a really good swimmer, was drowned in Stoney Gullet on Banks Marsh last Sunday. His body was recovered when the tide went down. Walter Rawsthorne, R.A.F. is in Canada. Pilot Officer Dick Rymer has gone east. Dan McCleod, Robert Barron, Hesketh Lane, Harry Harrison of Holmes (works at Mellings), and, Harry Bridge of Sollom have joined the Home Guard. All the Tarleton schools have holiday for Bank Holiday only. Next break will be in October for "prater piking". Edwin Barron has been called up and goes next Monday. Jimmy Miller goes for his medical on Tuesday. Jack Marsden son of Bert Marsden, Gorse Lane, has been called up for the Navy and goes next Monday. Edwin Barron (above) is joining the R.A.F. Mr. Ridings, New Road, one of the Sidesmen at the Parish Church has joined the R.A.F. as a wireless operator. The Tarleton Methodists are having a half day outing to Blackpool on Saturday. They are going by train. Miss Shorrocks, sister of Mrs. Giles Wright is in Preston Infirmary on the danger list. If anyone wonders how the rector picks up his local news it should be sufficient to state that every Tuesday he looks in at the British Legion Women's Section meeting, and every Thursday at the Mothers' Union ditto, and visits the Home Guard in their room over the rectory garage every evening. And that, plus his routine parochial visiting should be sufficient answer for anyone. Strange though it appears the men have more spicy bits of news than the women. The Tarleton A. F. S. We have now to send close on 150 N.L.’s every week and the number increases every week.

 
 

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