The Lancashire villages of Hesketh Bank, Becconsall & Tarleton
Go to the Hesketh Bank & Tarleton website homepage
Local directory: local business, local services and local facilities
Events and Attractions in and around Tarleton and Hesketh Bank
Village News
Your letters to the Editor on local issues
Local History of Tarleton, Becconsall, Hesketh Bank and the surrounding area
Local Family History and Genealogy
Photo Library - Old & New photos of Hesketh Bank & Tarleton
Vacancies and Jobs available in Hesketh Bank and Tarleton
Property for sale and for rent in Hesketh Bank and Tarleton
Advertising on the Hesketh Bank website options and costs

Service Provider Hubmaker
© 2001-2017 All rights reserved.
Cookies & Privacy Policy

Web Transcript © 2003 Hubmaker. All rights reserved.
Reproduction by any means strictly prohibited.
World War II newsletter
September 9th 1941

My dear Lads,
Quite a number write to say that they missed the familiar picture of Church and Schools at the top of the letter last week. I am sorry it was omitted but I was doing my best to get rid of arrears of "Extracts from Letters" and the picture was squeezed out. I know that it is like a breath of fresh air to see week by week, the picture of the very centre of our village before you begin to read the news from your home town. That is why I put it there.
Home, and all that it stands for, is the strongest influence that comes into our lives, and it is right that it should be so. That is why our Lord Himself condescended to become a member of an earthly family, to know its joys, its sorrows and its ties. For home ties are a very potent force. They are the very home of sentiment, and sentiment is a vital part of the constitution of mankind. A man will endure much for the honour and integrity of his home. That also is why our Lord taught us to regard Almighty God as ‘our Father', and his Church as the Home. That, too is why directly a child is born into an earthly home it is taken to Church to be baptised and to be made a member of the Spiritual home. It has pleased me to find the picture at the top so much appreciated and I will do my best to see that it is not again omitted.
With my love and my blessing to you all,
ever your affectionate brother, L. N, FORSE.

Pte. Arthur Harrison has gone with eleven other lads from his Unit to work on a large farm, "oats, wheat and barley, it is one the best crops I have ever seen." Says he does not got many Church services where he is; also wishes to be remembered to Jack Robinson and Matt Sutton. Hopes to be home in a fortnight. Trpr. Harry Devitt is in the extreme South west and writes "It is a glorious day to day (Sunday), and a friend and myself are planning a good long walk over the moss among the heather which appears to stretch for miles." Says his Chaplain once captained the Yorkshire Second Eleven at Cricket, and still plays for the Regimental eleven. Dvr Ronnie Sergeant sits in his bus to write his letter while he is waiting for his passengers (troops) who are busy working on the beach. Says the view is lovely. When they have finished he is taking them for an "evening out" to the nearest town, ten miles away. Sends his good wishes to his cousin Ted Barnish, and also best wishes for a happy and prosperous future to his cousin Alec, who has recently married. Sign. Tom Tindsley billeted in a little town in the south west that the rector knows well. Sends best wishes to his cousins John and Hubert and kindest remembrance to all the Tarleton Lads. Says he does not relish the thought of a winter ‘out here in the wilds'. Pte. Ken Ogden is still working on a farm near his camp and hopes the farmer will find enough work to keep him still longer. Says he has been in a few air raids but no damage was done. Gunner Tom Fazackerley sends, for him, a very short letter. Is in a Convalescent Depot not very far from a river in which the lads go swimming. L/cpl George Barker is Ration Corporal for his Unit. Says that news is scarce “around this very desolate place, and having been here so long it makes literature rather hard to provide." Nevertheless he provides three interesting pages of it. Wishes especially to be remembered "to my very close mate Ted Barnish, who is out east". Went for his second firing course on Saturday, and did extremely well and quite surprised himself. Billy Parkinson R.A.S.C. writes from his bed in hospital to say that he is suffering from pre vaccine fever, the results of inoculation. His temperature reached 104, but is now back to normal. Hopes to get sick leave as soon as he is better. Hospital is very large mansion with lovely gardens. Padre held an open air service on Sunday morning. Bed patients could hear them singing the Hymns but could not see them. Trooper R.H. Parker, R.A.C. writes from the high seas to say that he has been weeks at sea and is getting fed up with it. His letter is dated July 2nd, and reached the rector on Sept. 9th. Says he is on a good ship so in spite of some pretty bad weather has not felt sea sick so far. Adds that the sunsets are really glorious. Wishes to be remembered to all at home. Sign. Tom Harrison is waiting to be posted to another regiment as his has gone overseas,. Says "I shall be away from here in about two week's time when I think I shall go too." Adds that the Chaplain has taken the Service of Holy Communion outside during the fine weather. Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton Boys and to his brother Bill, who is now on leave. Pte Ken Robshaw has changed both his address and his platoon. Has been re posted to a battalion of the rector's old regiment, and says he feels more settled since he has rejoined it. Is billeted in one of the stately homes of England which belongs to a Duke. Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads and says he hopes to get 7 days leave round about the 25th instant.

On leave.
Petty Officer Nick Forshaw, R.H. Sgt. Nick Dewhurst, Gdsn. John G. Moss; Dvr Bonnie Iddon, Gnr. John Ball, Aircraftsman Roger Warson; Artificer Matt. Sutton; Seaman Frank McKean R.N., A. T. S. L/cpl. Martha West, Marine Leslie Hodson.

Local News Cont.
Tom Dandy writes home to say that the R.A.F. Hospital in the South where he has been undergoing treatment for his leg is a really fine place: It is situated in a large park and the scenery is wonderful, Bert Marsden informs us that the following Rufford lads have joined up: Jimmy Wallace, Bill Shorrock, Malcolm Bridge. There are still some lads from whom we have not received any letter for a long time. Will these just send a line so their mates can hear that they are still in the land of the living? Everyone very busy getting in the corn. Farm lads in district have received notice that while their exemption is indefinitely extended they will be liable to be called up at a week's notice. Walter Moss applied for and obtained an extension of his leave so that he could see his brother John who came on his first leave the day Walter should have returned. Leslie Hodson is on embarkation leave. Those who joined up with Ernie Ball will be sorry to hear that Sergt. Withers who was in their first barracks is now in a nearby Military Hospital suffering from Phlebitis. He is very ill. Mr. and Mrs. Ball have been to see him several times. Weather in Tarleton keeps fine but very dull. Not too good for harvesting.

Home Front News.
Stanley Quinlan joined the R.A.F. a few weeks ago. We are sorry not to have mentioned this before. Parish Council Kitchen Garden Competition results as follows: 1st Prize 25/ awarded to Mr. T. Iddon, Gorse Lane, together with three special prizes. 2nd prize 17/6 to Mr. John Sutton, Mere Brow, with two special prizes. 3rd Prize 12/6 to Mr. John Blundell, Johnson's Lane with one special prize. The idea of the competition was conceived originally by Mr. Fred Webster., and was taken up by the Parish Council. Mr. John Alcock, C.C. distributed the prizes in Church Schools on Thursday night. Mr. Edward Moss sold by auction on Wed. the property of the late Miss Almond of Holmeswood. Amongst a number of other houses owned by her. Shrub House, Rufford, was sold for £690 to a Southport man, a house in Hesketh Lane, one of a pair, was sold to Mr. John Coulton of Greenlane Farm, Sollom, for £575 and Rose Cottage, Holmes wood was bought by Miss Mary Halsall for £710. Miss Almond was a relative of the Prescott's of Carr Lane. Everyone enjoyed the Service on Sunday afternoon, Rufford Band, British Legion Standard, Home Guard, Fire Service, A.R.P., First Aid and Ambulance Party, all in uniform marched to good tunes, up Coe Lane to Liverpool Road, (they started from the rectory), round Windgate into Church Street, past Church to Gorse Lane Carr Lane, Kearsley Ave. Hesketh Lane, Church Road back to Church. Parish Council also present. Church packed, Rector took service and preached. The collection which was divided between R.A.F. and British Sailor's Benevolent Funds came to £12. The baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. (Bessie Sephton) Jon Gibbons was christened Marjorie Christine on Sunday afternoon. The Rector's nephew, Ian, well known to many Tarleton lads is staying with him for a week with his wife and baby son. John Webster volunteered for the Navy on Friday and was accepted. Tom Spencer has received his calling up papers for the Navy. He goes on Sept. 24th. Tom Dandy has left the R.A.F. Hospital in the South. and has returned to his Unit in the N.W. Harry Rigby has sent two cablegrams home from the middle east. Jimmy Farrington, (Walmer Bridge) grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Whittle coalmerchants, has been reported wounded in the middle east. An anonymous friend has given Miss Evelyn Webster 5/- to hand on to the Rector towards the cost of the N.L. Miss Evelyn Laye was singing at Bank Hall the other night. When George Spencer arrived at a place near London to begin work in a war factory he found no lodgings provided. Some lads who went with him returned home at once. George applied to Police, who put him up at their station for first night. Next day he found quite good lodgings and is now quite comfortable.


Prepared for web viewing by Mere Brow Local History Society