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RECTOR'S WEEKLY LETTER
September 2nd 1941


My dear Lads,
Edgar Wait’s wedding was quite a happy affair. He is in my own Division and his Sergeant Major and a Corporal friend were present. They had come up from the extreme south of England for the event. Amongst so many of my old Division I felt quite at home. Reception at Garlicks. Sergeant Jimmy Leacy in his letter says: “I was reading in the N.L. that you wished to send to those abroad by Air Mail. Naturally it would be too expensive for you to bear the cost. Mail, and what is most important, up to date mail, is what everyone in the Forces looks for. So I suggest that we start a fund to enable N.L’s to be sent to those abroad by Air mail. I am willing to subscribe to the cost of doing this, and I am sure that others will be just as ready. If you could let us all know through the N.L. what you think of this suggestion, I'm sure it could be managed.” The answer is that I am much touched and most grateful to receive such a letter, but I could not possibly even think of allowing the lads to subscribe. Remember that I myself have been a soldier on active service and I do know the hundred and one ways in which a soldier's money (and it is little enough) goes. I am better able than you to bear the cost, and, as you all know, I have never for one moment regarded my possessions (which God of His goodness has entrusted to my guardianship) as my own. You have all shared them with me. If the time comes when I can do no more then I may appeal for Help. In the meantime, while I am most grateful for the kind thought, we will carry on as before. I will see that the lads abroad got their N.L' s by the fastest method possible under present circumstances. Finally, let me say that I really have been cheered by the expressions of gratitude that you lads have literally poured out on me. Here is Kenneth Nicholson writing from his ship in the Antipodes: We have the finest village community in the world, and I can proudly say its all thanks to your experience and foresight.” I have had my reward..
With my unfailing love to you all, and every Blessing,
L. N. FORSE.

Extracts from Letters:
Very large number of letters received by the rector this week. Here are some of the principal extracts : Two letters from Marine Ken Nicholson, one dated 25/5/41, the other 15/6/41, both arrived same post. Says that he certainly thinks that he has won the rector's prize for the one travelling the longest distance. Says he only receives mail once every six weeks, so suggests that the N.L's be sent every month. Is in the best of health and a very warm climate. Got six letters all at once when calling at last port. Says "I can say without fear of contradiction our Empire is only starting to get worked up over the war, and are really getting into swing. I wish the people at home who have doubts, could travel round and then they would see for themselves that what the big noises say is right". AC2 William Sutton, R.A.F. has finished his "fitter" course and is going in for his final exam. Expects to be posted very soon. wishes to be remembered to his old pals in the H.G. Says that he does not want to miss any of the N. L's. Marine Harry Iddon has been taking part in the War Weapons week in a nearby town. Likes the life but looks forward to being at home once more in Tarleton. Sends his best wishes to his cousin Dick Johnson and if he is still in hospital hopes he will soon be well. Jack Marsden, R.N. says that Navy life is fine. “ The Navy goes in for cleanliness in a big way, every morning a certain number of us are detailed to scrub and polish the Mess, we also have to wash our own shirt, vests, underpants, collars and socks. You should see the lather flying. We have a Service on parade nearly every morning and a Service in the Cinema, which is turned into a Church, every Sunday, with the R.M. Band providing the music." Has been on the look out for Leslie Hodson and Bill Wright, but so far has not come across them. Gunner John Ball is billeted in an empty house, five or six in one room. Saw a fire (in a grate) for the first time since leaving Tarleton on Sunday when he went to the house of a mate whose uncle lives nearby. Food is very good and the Officers look well after them. "The sergeants are not so strict as they were at , and they don' t curse as much. One of them told us that he was not there to curse us but to teach us how to use a gun. A.C. Fred Pollard has now moved to the east coast. Is at a fighter station with Spitfires, Hurricanes, Boafighters etc. "It is like being in a palace here". Says that every field is full of sugar beet. Gets very good food and the sleeping quarters are very good too. Hopes to get leave in a few weeks time, but adds: “But you know how it is, you have got your leave when you have your pass in your hand” (only too true). Sergt. Jimmy Leacy sends a very neat typewritten letter. Is off again on a course in the south. Says "I would like to send my congratulations and best wishes to Stanley Baldwin, and through the N.L. to ask to be remembered to all my friends. Also to remind Bert Price that he has not yet answered the letter I sent to him. A.C.2 Tom Parkinson (Carr Lane) says the other chaps in his room are keen on reading the N.L. Also says "We have two nights a week at what we call 'Barrack Room Sports' which is confined to billets until all rooms, floors, baths, etc. are all clean, and then the N.C.O. comes round to have a look, and if the room is O.K. he says you can go out; if not it means doing it all over again and two hours fatigue in addition at the Cookhouse next night." Wishes to send his best wishes to all Tarleton lads. Gunner Tom Fazackerley sends with his letter a very beautiful little album containing views of Cambridge. Is still in hospital (Convalescent Home) but hopes to be out soon. Says they had a few bombs where he is the other night but he slept through them and heard nothing. Dick Sephton, lines of Communication middle east, says in an airgraph "Thanking you for the N.L. ever so much. I leave received them very regularly, my pals and I enjoy reading them." A Chaplain visited his camp last week, but being a driver he was away when he came. Says that Jimmy Burns is stationed quite near him, says he has forgotten what it is like to spend a seven days leave at home and sends his love to Ernie Ball. Robert Moss (Sparks R.A.F) says he is feeling very much recovered after his week in hospital. Adds "It was good news for me to read that you had heard from our John as I have not had a word from him since I sailed." (John Moss’s ship was sunk on convoy but he was saved.) Jack Parker R.A.M.C. (Liverpool) sends a long interesting letter. Says his Unit has an option of four Churches for parade: High (very), Low, medium and congregational. Finds the high too high, the low too low, so choses the middle. Sat for his 2nd Class Orderly Nursing exam and gained 75 marks out of 100. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith is still in hospital in a Park very well known to the rector. It is a Convalescent Home and the rector passed it almost every Sunday when he was a boy. Hopes to get seven days leave when he leaves it and hopes to stay in Tarleton. Says "Last week I did not have a smoke because the matron ordered me to stop smoking for a week” Last, but by no means least comes a letter from Billy Parkinson. He is in a camp in a wood about 8 miles from anywhere. Has been innoculated and vaccinated. Strange to say has to go to a coal mine (about 8 miles away) for a bath. Does not think that he will be staying there long, and is glad of it. The rector regrets that he has no further space for other extracts but will give those left over in next week’s issue.

On Leave:
Billy Benjamin; Matt Sutton; Walter Moss; Fred Forshaw; Harry Crook; Edwin Crabtree; Edgar Wait to be married; Joe Wait to be best man.

Tarleton tit bits.
George Spencer, (Curacy house) goes on Monday is a fitter to a works near London. Tom Dandy, Who has been removed to a very large R.A.F. Hospital in the Home Counties for further treatment to his leg, was taken on Saturday to Buckingham Palace to a Non forgotten League tea party. He seems to be doing very well and likes where he is. Old Church Sunday, known to many as “attock Sunday“, because the corn is reaped and gathered into “cocks” in the field by that day, passed off very well. The old Churchyard looked especially well tended. Sergeant Edgar Wait, R.A. S.C. was married on Tuesday at Tarleton Parish Church to Joyce Brockley. Following our record in last week’s N.L. about P.C Davis’ brave act in saving the Croston sewerman we are now able to report that he has been given the Police medal for gallant service and also a grant of £10. P. C. Simpson has gone on holiday for a week. The Rector preached at Hoole on Sunday evening having exchanged pulpits with Mr. Watkins. Mr. Stansfield has sold his house in Hesketh Lane and has gone to live at Kew, Southport. Next Sunday the day of National Prayer and intercession, all the national forces in Tarleton have been invited to a special Service in the Parish Church. The Rufford Band is heading the outdoor procession to the Church and will be followed by the Home Guard, First Aid and Ambulance Corps, A.F.S., British Legion, men and women, with Standards; W.V.S., A.R.P. and the Red Cross. All will be in uniform. Stansfield’s House has been bought by a Mr. Woodward, owner of H. Woodward & Sons Ltd., who run a very big motor a engineering works at Formby. He is quite a young man, has two children, and he anticipated the rector's call by calling himself at the rectory and making himself known. George Hunter was 21 last week and is hoping to get home, at the week-end to celebrate the event. The new comb-out will take a lot of our lads who are now in reserved occupations. Quite a large number will be registering on Saturday and we will try to give their names in our next issue. Oranges came to Tarleton on Saturday and Mrs. George Spencer had 3 cases which she is selling to her regular customers. George wants the N.L. sent to him each week and it should be understood that all those lads away from the parish on definite war work are eligible to receive it. Mill still closed and so far no one knows what is being done with it. Tom Harrison should have been on a draft for overseas but at the last moment he was one of those chosen not to go. So popular was this weeks picture at the Cinema that quite large crowds were turned away for want of room. The picture was called "Sailors Three". Alf Rowland, who is now in the R.A.F was 21 last Friday.

 
 

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