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World War II newsletter
August 12th 1941

My dear lads,
Last week, in the goodness of my heart , I promised to send the overseas letters by air mail, since I received so many letters from those in distant parts worrying because they received their N. Ls three months out of date. Now I find that each letter will cost 1/3d. and I regret to say that my pocket is not as large as my heart. However, this week I am keeping my promise and all who are abroad will get an air mail. But I cannot go on. As it is the N.L. costs me about £80 a year, and although I receive a pound here and there, and a few half crowns towards its cost they certainly do not amount to £20 per annum. So you can see that although the heart is strong the pocket is weak. I send out 150 letters every week and each of these costs me 2 1/2d in postage alone and then there is the cost of getting them duplicated. If ever I can find a wealthy uncle, who so far has escaped my notice, and he will conveniently die and leave me his fortune I will fulfil my promise to the hilt. Well! Talking about my personal poverty was never my strong point so I will dry up. Now for the far more important matter - yourselves. I have been very pleased indeed to receive so many letters. During the past few weeks. Please continue to send them as regularly. Also what pleases me still more is to find so many lads getting to know their Chaplains. In my Army days he used to be known, like so many other useful articles in a soldier's kit, such as his rifle, pipe-clay, tin of polish, etc., as “the soldier's friend" . He appears to be so still. With my love and every Blessing, Ever your sincere friend,

Extracts from Letters.
Gdsn Harry Crook has been on an interesting course in London and has now returned to his Unit. Says things are very quiet where he is and "its brain puzzling to think of anything to say". Most of his time is spent on manoeuvres and he hopes to be home in about three weeks. AC2 Tom Parkinson (Carr Lane), sends a letter and a picture p.c. Says the food where he is is plentiful and good, and he is in a squad with some of the best corporals you could meet anywhere. They don’t shout and they don't swear. One of the first letters he received was the N.L. and he was grateful for it. Ends "Give my best regards to ALL the lads in the Forces". Pte Tom Harrison, R.A.V.C. is still, as all will see, in the Vet. Corps, and is billeted at the very place where the rector first began his military service in 1914. Says that the trouble is he has very little to do, and there are no farms about to interest him. Hopes to be home about the second week in September and sends his kind regards to all the lads. Gdsn Aubrey Smith is once again in hospital. Hopes to get some sick leave when he comes out. Says the Padre came to visit him but he was in such pain he could not speak to him. Was feeling better when he wrote. AC2 Doris Molyneux has now moved to new quarters. Is now secretary to the Squadron Leader of her department. Says there is a lovely Church where she is crowded with Home Guard last Sunday. L/Cpl Frank Foster writes from the Middle East a long and most interesting letter. Says the first impression is that it is a land of heat, dust, sand, flies and bugs. Says "Creosol has a marked detrimental effect on any projected major operation by bug land shock troops.” Has landed a job in the M.I. tent. Says his last N.L. was dated 29-4-41. and some previous to 15-4-41 are missing. Is with Allan Dyson of New Longton. Sends his congratulations to Joyce Kennedy( tell her I am now a broken man!) and to Mrs. Jimmy Hague. Says "Letters from anyone male or otherwise will be greatly appreciated." Sends his kind regards to all in Tarleton and district. Pte Ken Ogden has arrived back with his Unit after 28 days agricultural leave to find a new Colonel. Just missed a 60 mile route march which his Unit was doing when he arrived back. Was lucky enough to get a job on a farm near his camp. Sergeant Ernie Ball has now moved to a place “which they say used to be a holiday camp, but its not the sort of place I should even dream of visiting for a holiday.” Says that his old Sergeant is now in a military hospital in the North West. Adds that he has been very busy and has not much time to write personal letters. Sign Tom Fazackerley is still in hospital and is doing well. The N.L. always cheers him up. Has had the stitches taken out and adds "hospitals are alright if you can keep outside them". His next bed mate has told him that Lancashire folk are the best natured lot in all England. Says he has been there and knows. Tom ends "I wish to thank the Methodist Chapel people for the gift of 5/ which I so gratefully received." Sergeant Stanley Baldwin says his wedding went off well. Full Church, Vicar and curate both officiating, (and both appearing on the subsequent photo), Sergt. pal as best man. Vicar at Reception reminded all present that he was responsible for the first meeting of happy couple. Stanley hopes to bring his bride to Tarleton on next leave. Honeymoon spent at Cliff Hotel, Gwbert -on Sea, near Cardigan. Made their first Communion together on the Sunday morning. Sapper George Barker (Hoole), says it looks as though his company has no time for leave. Says "I would just like to mention that since we came to Scotland nearly seven months ago we have never had a Church Parade, nor a Padre even to give us a visit," Says the "grub" is very good indeed, "even strawberries, milk tinned, tomatoes and lettuce, plenty of eggs and bacon and all the other luxuries that one could wish for in war time." Says that the Scots method of making hay is totally different to our own and much better. Pays a visit now and again to a nearby farm "to keep my hand in at milking the cow". Trooper Ted Barnish writes from the Middle East to say °I am working from 7 in the morning till 8 at night so I don't get much time for writing letters, but I can always find time to write to a very good friend." His letter is dated 5/5/41, and up till then had only received one N.L. since landing. Says he eagerly awaits them, "it seems so grand to know what is happening at home, and what all the boys are doing, especially now that I’m so far away." So far has not come across any other local lads.

Rufford News.
Thank Bert Marsden for this. Rufford lads on leave. W. Johnson, R.A.F.; Jack Griffen, R.A.F.; Linton Ashcroft R.E.;G. Edge, R.A.F; Ken Lingard and Raymond Caunce. They all look in the best of health. The Rector also thanks Corpl Jack Bourn for sending him some more Bible Reading notes which he much appreciates receiving. We have also heard that Philip Ashcroft, among other things organist at Rufford Parish Church, has been called up. When Will Bridge reads these notes it may remind him that he has not sent the rector of Tarleton a letter for some considerable time. And we hope that Dick Sephton in the Middle East will appreciate receiving this N.L. by air mail.

Tarleton Tittle-Tattle.
Tom Southworth, son of Mr. Hugh Southworth, Hesketh Lane has joined the R.A.F., and so has Tom Smith, the schoolmaster, also of Hesketh L. Bob Sharples (Toe) of Hesketh Bank, has joined the Searchlights. Mr. Ridings, New Road, has joined the R.A.F. as a radio wireless operator. Arthur Barron has been called up and there is a notice in the Post Office window asking for a new place for the P.O. as Arthur's father cannot manage to run it without him. Mrs. Ball, Newarth Lane, H.B. has received a letter from the King sent from Buckingham Palace sympathising with her on the loss of her son Austin, who was lost at sea while on coastal patrol. It says "`The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. We pray that your country’s gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some measure of consolation. Signed George R.I. Mr.Tom Sephton, Headmaster of Bretherton C.E. Schools has joined the R.A.F.V.R. as a Pilot Officer. He volunteered. On Friday he was presented with a wrist watch by scholars and parishioners, all of whom hoped that he would soon be back as their pedagogue. Alice Duckworth of Croston, who was the Carnival Queen in the days when they had them, was married on Saturday, to James Norris, also of Croston. Jack Marsden, who has joined the Navy, is very near Nick Forshaw, also in the Navy. Jack Mee was bringing his wife and baby home from a visit to east Lancashire when the car skidded and turned turtle on a lonely road. The wheels were literally in the air. Had to wait some time before anyone came along to extricate them as the doors would not open. No one was hurt, but the car is very badly smashed. Miss Alice Shorrocks died in Preston Infirmary last week. The rector called on Mr. and Mrs. George Formby at their home at Great Singleton last week to ask them to come to the British Legion Garden Party on Aug. 23rd: Alas! they will be in Elstree then, where George is making a new film. But we still hope that they will get 48hrs. leave to honour us with their presence. The King has given George a set of cuff links engraved with his monogram in gold, and has given Mrs. Formby (Beryl ) a compact (whatever that is) with monogram set in jewels in recognition of their work for the troops.

On Leave.
John Pickervance R.A.F. for 14 days. Ernie Nicholson for 7 days. William Ball (H.B.) for 48 hrs. Leonard Ball (H.B.) for 7 days, Harry Price for 7 days. Tom Tindsley for 7 days. Ronnie Melling for 7 days. Ronnie Sergeant for 48 hrs. Billy Molyneux has come and gone back since last N.L., Nick Forshaw, Petty Officer, R.N. (Ships Carpenter, Chips) home for week end to fetch his tools. Norman Barron for 48 hrs.


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