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World War II newsletter
August 19th 1941

My dear Lads,
This week I write especially for those few who rarely send me a letter. To them I say, "week by week I send out my News Letter to keep you in close touch with each other and with the village life at home. This shows, at any rate, that the Church follows you wherever you go and is keenly interested in you. It can never be said that we let you go forth and never gave you another thought. It is only reasonable, therefore, for us to expect to receive a letter from you now and again so that we can pass on to others some item of what you are doing. If you look carefully through the N. Ls for the past month you will find that at least 90 per cent of the 150 lads away do write fairly regularly. I am not really grumbling but only pointing out that it is a little unfair for you not to share your news with your fellow townsmen who supply you with their news week by week."
One thing all you lads do know is that you are ever in our thoughts and that day by day we think about you and pray for you. And always remember that by the Grace of God He has given us a means whereby we can all meet together in the most Sacred Place conceivable in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Lord in the divine Service of Holy Communion. For our Saviour has said “Whosoever eateth my Flesh and drinketh my Blood dwelleth in Me and I in him." Take advantage of this great Gift. It will make all the difference to your life.
With my Love and my Blessing,
Your affectionate friend and rector, L.N.FORSE.

That Banks lad who was drowned in Stoney Gullet was Peter Blundell aged 16 yrs, of Ralph's Wife's Lane, Banks. The body of an unknown man has been found on Hesketh Marsh, probably washed up by the tide. Bob Parkinson and Bob Harrison went in the rector's car on Sunday evening to see Alf. Rowland R.A.F. who is billeted at -. They had a puncture coming back at the Rose and Crown, Hoole. Harry Rigby has gone east and Harry Forrest, of Hoole, who married Molly Burns of Oaklands Avenue, is on the high seas. Stanley Quinlan has joined the R.A.F.; Philip Rigby has also joined up. British Legion Garden Party to be held on rectory lawn on Saturday, Aug. 23rd. All war services to be present. Lieut General Sir James O'Dowda, K.C.B., C.S.I., C.M.G., has promised to open proceedings. He will be accompanied by his wife. The A.F.S. are to give a realistic display; House (on the lawn) on fire, run hose pipe to rectory pond, put fire out; specified people faint, up come First Aid Party, apply F.A., carrying casualties on Stretchers into rectory; bombs fall and A.R.P. get to work. Should be a good show. General O'Dowda will inspect Home Guard and be given the General Salute. Very wet week this year for Preston Holidays. Very few Tarleton people went away. Rector is taking precaution to pick all his apples this week before the Garden Party. Most lads will appreciate the reason for this. Quite a good crop, but no plums or pears. Tom Dandy (Bank Bridge) has been removed from Preston Infirmary to an R.A.F. Hospital. He is still confined to bed. Freddie Pollard who is a cobbler in the R.A.F. called on the rector and told him that he is quite enjoying his experiences. A.C.1. Harry Taylor (Hesketh Lane) has been promoted Leading Aircraftsman (LAC). His wife is staying with him near his billet and his sister- in-law, Nellie Cookson has also been an a visit to the same place. Hesketh Bank Silver Prize Band is playing at the Garden Party on Saturday. The Imperial War Graves Commission have written to the rector informing him that they intend to place a white painted wooden Cross, bearing suitable inscription on the grave of Sergeant R.W. R. Kerruish, R.A.F., the young airman killed coming back from a night raid on Germany, who is buried in our Churchyard. Sign Tom Harrison is still in a military hospital in the south of England. When he last wrote home from the middle east Dick Johnson was also in hospital with feet trouble. Middle east soldiers will be interested to know that Sir Pierre van Ryneveld, Chief of the South African General Staff, who flew with General Smuts to Cairo recently, is a very old friend of the rector. They have known each other for over 27 years. We hope that if he comes to England he will give Tarleton a visit.

Second Officer John Moss (Hesketh Lane) writes from sea to say that he is always pleased to get the N.L., although, of course, he does not receive his letters until he arrives in port. He writes in haste to catch, as he says, an unexpected mail. Another long letter from the very far east, this time from 2/Lt Eric Hind. Is in very spacious, modern barracks. The town where he is billeted has a sort of Ancient and Modern aspect. Motor cars dash about blowing horns, gaunt Chinese dressed in faded overalls pull rickshaws, tall, hook nosed Tamils saunter along in a stealthy manner, and Chinese women in trousers are in abundance. Has been in the jungle and sends a long description of it. Has killed a huge snake, skinned it, and is thinking of making watchstraps of the skin. Has received most of the N. Ls, and Parish Magazines, but some mail was sunk on the way out and he writes for the missing numbers. Says the Clergy out there seem to look upon the soldiers as unnecessary evils. Sends his prayers and best wishes to all Tarleton lads in the Forces. Gunner Tom Fazackerley is now in a convalescent home in a very ancient and learned town that the rector knows extremely well. Thinks the people there are a bit highbrow. Has lost two stone since he went into hospital but hopes to get it back soon. Hopes to meet all the Tarleton lads soon at Blackgate Lane corner. Gdsn Arthur Molyneux is on a tank course and is kept at it night and day. Says he does not mind as he is learning something that will be of use to him after the war is won. Says "I must thank you for receiving the N.L. each week; never fails." Wishes to be remembered to all the boys. Harry Devitt ,R.A.C is in camp in the extreme south of England. Says he is settling dowm very nicely and really is in the smiling countryside. Gets good, food served hot, plenty of recreation and amusements; swimming pool, Tennis courts, Cricket, Soccer, Rugger, Cinema and good Concert Parties. The only thing lacking is he is not at home. Dvr. Abraham Wright is still with Joe Wait and says they are both contented and settled in the life of a Tommy Atkin. Spend most of their time on convoy work and a few weeks ago actually went through Chorley. Has two swimming parades per week and a Church Parade on Sundays. Says he really does appreciate the N.L., and sends his best wishes to all the lads. Pte Kenneth Robshaw gives his address as the Rectory, somewhere in the extreme south of England, but does not mention the Rector of the place, but does say "there is no Church round here that is open". The fact that he is in a very much bombed area may account for this. Is on coastal defence work all night and sleeps all day. Sends all the best to the Tarleton lads. Sergt. Ernie Ball begins his letter by asking us to convey his very best wishes for the future to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Baldwin. Says they are having plenty of rain and start almost at once for a fortnight's training. Says it really is a job now a days to find time for letter writing. Pte Matt Sutton has now passed out as a fitter and is waiting to be posted to a Unit. At present is in what in peace times was a business college and says the food is good and the discipline strict. Sends the card, supplied by the rector, with the Chaplain's name. Sergt George Hardcastle has moved still further south and asks us to convey his compliments and congratulations to Ernie Ball on attaining his third stripe. Saw a Jerry plane brought down on the night before he wrote his letter.

On Leave.
Fred Pollard for 48 hrs; Harry Iddon (Hesketh Lane), for a few hrs; Harry Cookson for seven days; Dan Stazicker for seven days, Bert Barron for 48 hrs; Frank Timperley for seven days; Ronnie Wignall (Hesketh Bank) for seven days. Harley McKean for seven days; Lieut Arthur Croft for seven days.

More from Home Front.
In the middle of suiting up N.L. in walk Gdsn Frank Timperley and LAC Bert Barron, the former home for 7 days, the later for few hrs. Frank Timperley says that Alan Dyson, of New Longton, who is in the middle east with Frank Foster went to Hutton Grammar School with him and was always in the same Form. As will be noticed Bert Barron has been promoted to Leading Aircraftsman, and we congratulate him upon his advancement. We have been informed that Walter Rawsthorne is in Canada. At the last minute Hesketh Bank Band have given us back word and so Mr. Robert Rowland took the rector in his car to Rufford and he has obtained the Rufford Band for Saturday afternoon. While there saw Dick Sephton's father and he told the rector that Dick's Officer in the middle east comes from Aughton, so there is quite a family party out there. Owing to rationing only tea will be provided at the Garden Party. People still have to bring their own food if they want any. Hubert Tindsley has now moved on from the jungle to the middle east. They are building air raid shelters in the playing field behind the Council Schools in Hesketh Lane, and all schools are going to be "blacked out". Mrs. Ashcroft (New Road) gave the rector a double yoked egg today. It was bigger than a duck' s egg. The Mill is now completely closed down and most of the employees have found other jobs. The Secretary, George Gregson, is remaining another week to leave things in order.


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