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World War II newsletter
August 25th 1941

My dear Lads,
This week, just a few words on the Day of National Thanksgiving and Intercession, which The King has asked to be observed on Sunday, Sept. 7th. Thanksgiving because God has been good to us a united purpose, an inspiring leader, true and loyal citizens and a firm conviction that we shall win this war; and Intercession because without the help of God we can do nothing. Doubtless on this day there will be special Church parades for all the troops. But that should not be sufficient for sincere Christians. Such Parades are compulsory and the worship rendered at them may or may not be given from the heart. God could, had he so desired, have compelled us in some way to worship Him. But He did nothing of the sort. He gave us free will, and while He demands our worship He does not compel it. This is all the more reason why serving men should attend some other Service on Sept. 7th, in addition to the compulsory Church Parade. And, of course, when deciding what other Service to attend, the answer comes from our Saviour Himself, "Do This, in remembrance of Me." The Holy Eucharist, or as it is more commonly called the Holy Communion is itself the highest act of Praise and Worship that the creature can offer to the Creator, and is also the greatest act of Intercession, for in it we identify ourselves with Christ, our Saviour, who ever makes intercession for us with our Father which is in Heaven.
With my prayers and my Blessing, L. N. F0RSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Tom Fazackerley is now in a Convalescent Home and says, “'Talk about food, its marvellous! we get two big helpings every time and I have put on three pounds in four days." Says he does not expect to get any sick leave but does not mind as his wife is getting her holidays and is going to stay nearby. Thinks the people of the learned town where he is are "rather snobbish". Drv Jack Robinson is away on manoeuvres. Got week end leave and went to a sea side place to stay with some friends he had made over there. Wishes to be remembered to Pte Arthur Harrison. Says Stanley Johnson (Hesketh Bank) has just left his camp to go on leave. He is pleased to hear that Bert Price is now Company Barber and wishes to be remembered to him. Says he will come in handy when, after the war, they go once again to the I.O.M. for their holidays. Adds that the Concert we heard the other night on the wireless was from his camp. John Marsden (Jack) sends a very cheerful letter. Says "So far I like the Navy life very well, and I expect I shall like it still more in a while. We get good food here and also have a picture place in the camp, so everything is fine." So far has not seen anyone from Tarleton, although several of our lads are fairly close to him. Mr.W. Riding one of our Sidesmen who has joined up as a Radio Mechanic, (he lives in New Road), says he has not written before owing to constant change of address. Says he has missed the Church Services. Is in hospital for an operation and will probably be there three weeks, after which he will get a fortnight's sick leave, "for which" he adds, "I shall be truly thankful, for there’s no place like home." Dvr William Bridge is still driving waggons and gets all over the south country. Is still with the same lot of lads and is now in a place which is full of real Lancashire Lads. (the underlining is his), so, as he says he is feeling quite at home. Has had his wife down to see him, "but, like all Lancashire people she prefers the north". Went to a small church on Sunday and enjoyed it tremendously. It was packed with soldiers. Pte Arthur Harrison has had his wife staying with him, and while she was there Jerry dropped some bombs in a field nearby but did no damage. Hopes to be in Sollom in about three weeks time. Says they have a Church Service nearly every Sunday in one of the big tents, and he enjoys going to them. Is pleased to see that Harry Bridge has joined the Home Guard. Finishes as follows: "Will you please remember me to Jack Robinson in your N. L. , also his father and mother, aunt Martha and Tom Wilcox; thank you so much." Dvr. William Parkinson has now been classed as a motor mechanic for which he gets extra pay. Says that in spite of the rector having written to the Chaplain, he has never seen or heard of him. However, since receiving this letter his brother Bob has told the rector that he has been moved to the very south of England, so perhaps there he will find a more ubiquitous Chaplain. Has not too pleasant a time north of the border. Written on paper with the crest "Per ardua ad astra”', Robert Moss R.A.F., writes a letter to say that he is in hospital with a skin rash. Does not think he will be in for long as he is already improving. Says the hospital, which belongs to the camp, is a really splendid place with every modern appliance. One snag is that every morning they are wakened at 6 a.m. and do not have breakfast until 7 30. Says his father who is now home after being in hospital for several weeks, is doing well. Adds "He is still on diet, but as this includes some rather good items he is not grumbling at all."

On Leave.
Stanley Johnson for seven days; Matt. Farrington (Walmer Bridge) for 10 days; George Wilson, Bretherton, who is now a Sergeant, for seven days. Dick Harrison for seven days sick leave; Matt Sutton for seven days; Bert Price for seven days. Harry Taylor for seven days; Jack Bourn for seven days; Fred Forshaw for weekend.

Before this letter will have reached those in the middle east and far east, they will have received most of the news it contains by airgraph. Owing to the fact that it sometimes takes three months for these letters to reach our lads in the east the rector now sends their contents in abbreviated form by airgraph. The letters themselves follow after. One can get nearly 500 words on an airgraph and one can give quite a large amount of news with that number at ones disposal. Airgraphs are very much cheaper than air mail and arrive at their destination three times as soon. To save expense, for the rector has not yet found his rich uncle, the airgraphs will only be sent once a fortnight, but they will contain the pith of the news extracted from the fortnight's N. Ls. We have now about 18 lads from the village in these distant parts and we hope that they will appreciate our effort to give them the local news piping hot only about six weeks out of date. A letter from them now and again will more than repay the trouble and expense at this end.

Tarleton Talk.
British Legion Garden Party on rectory lawn on Saturday went off well. Lieut General Sir James 0'Dowda and Lady 0'Dowda present. Guard of Honour of Home Guard drawn up on the terrace at top of rectory steps gave General Salute. A trumpeter from Fulwood trumpeted the General's arrival. General inspected Guard and afterwards inspected the H.G., A.F.S., A.R.P., F.A., and Ambulance detachment drawn up on lawn. He then stood at Saluting Base and took salute as all these marched past him, with British Legion Standards at head, while Rufford Band played martial music. The H. G. were under the command of Mr. James Melling, second in command, as Mr. Dean, commanding officer was away on a course.
Local Fire Brigade under command of their Chief, Mr. Harry Hodge, gave realistic display of fire fighting. Plenty of smoke bombs for house afire, up rush the A.R.P. in charge of Mr. Levi Halstead, find several casualties lying about lawn, among. them Mr. Robert Rowland, rescue them from fire, then up come Ambulance Corps, men and women, in full uniform, give First Aid and carry them off on stretchers. After this H.G. gave really fine demonstrations of arms drill. Sergeant David Ball in command. The Fire Brigade had a competition, different teams seeing which could get hose in action first. Two Queens present, Miss Edith Spencer and Mrs. Rawcliffe (Miss Lilian Rawsthorne). Letter from George and Mrs. Formby regretting absence owing to making film in London. Last week a Croston sewerman was overcome by gas in main sewer. Mate ran to Police Station for help, P.C. Davis, of Hesketh Bank was on duty. He put on gas mask, went down sewer and rescued man. P.C. Davis also overcome by fumes. Sewerman (George Dawson, Station Road) remained unconscious some time. Dr. Ashton, who was called in said but for P.C. Davis Dawson would have been dead. There is a strong rumour that P.C. Davis is to be recommended for a meritorious medal. Sergt. Bannister is leaving Croston and going as Det. Sergt to Manchester. Sergeant Saul of Banks, is coming as Sergt. to Croston. Lieut. Arthur Croft has volunteered to go east. Bob Sharples, H.B. has joined the R.A., Tom Dandy who has been in a nearby hospital has now been sent to another R.A.F. hospital in the south for further treatment. Arthur Dandy’s baby has been taken to a Manchester hospital for specialist treatment for nephritis. He is doing well. We congratulate Harry Taylor, R.A.S.C on being promoted a full Corporal. Also Tommy Burns, R.A.S.C. on being made a Lance Corporal, and Billy Benjamin, R.A.F. on getting his LAC. Philip Ashcroft of Rufford has now joined his Unit in the South of England. Second Officer John Moss has been reported as safe after his ship was torpedoed in a convoy. Robert Parkinson has passed his medical A.l. Old Church Sunday next Sunday, Aug 31st. Everyone busy this week cleaning graves. Prizes for local competition for the best gardens in the Parish are to be presented in Church Schools by John Alcock on Sept. 4th. So far the winners have not been named.


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