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World War II newsletter
September 16th 1941

My dear Lads,
This week almost all your letters contained descriptions of the Services you attended on the Day of National Prayer. This was to be expected for all our thoughts turned last week to our dependence upon God Almighty. My own letter to you contained an account of our own beautiful service in Tarleton. But it is as well to remember that although spasmodic efforts do indeed shew that we have not forgotten Him who alone can give us Victory, they do not shew that we are not neglecting Him. In fact they shew just the opposite, for if we were not neglecting God the Giver of all good things there would be no need to call a day of National Prayer, for every Sunday would be such a one.
It is useless to deny that we have a Soul for every one of us has experienced its yearnings. To neglect to develop the Soul is just as wrong as to neglect and develop the body or the mind. This war has been brought about because Hitler denied the existence of the Soul in framing the German constitution. As a result the young grew up lop sided, badly balanced, strong bodies, maybe strong minds, but no souls mere living carcases. This must not happen to us, and the only way to prevent it is to develop the Soul while we are developing the body and mind, to make ourselves well-balanced.
With my love and my blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend, L. N. FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner John Rimmer is on another seven week's cookery course in a lovely holiday place something like Southport. Says the food is good. Had a big Church Parade on Sunday and for the march past afterwards there were three thousand on parade. Sends his kind regards to all the Tarleton lads. Aircraftsman Will Sutton says "believe me, sir, they have stuck me out in the wilds. Tarleton is like a town compared to this place." Says his camp is so big they have to have buses to take them to their meals. Has over a mile to walk in the same camp from the room where he is billeted to his work. Did very well in his exam, 78% marks and got second from top. Wishes to be remembered to Bert Price, J. Pickervance, H. Crook, H. Harrison and all Tarleton lads in Forces and Home Guard. ACW/2 Doris Molyneux has moved again, this time to a large country house in the Home Counties. Says the Church there is having its Harvest next Sunday. Expects her seven days leave about Oct. 3rd. Dvr. Billy Harrison writes a nice long letter. Observed the Day of Prayer in the country where he is stationed. Holy Communion at 7.30 a.m. in a very little hut, and a very big Church Parade later in day. Says "I suppose that you will have heard that our Tom should have gone abroad and when the wagons came to take them to the station they told him that he was the lucky one and that he would stay behind." Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads. Gunner John Ball is moving on Sunday from the North East to the West. He sends a most interesting piece of news. This is what he says "Our troop was having rifle drill this afternoon and the Sergeant asked if any of us could do the 'Secure Arms'. I was the only one who put his hand up, so the sergeant said "Come and stand by the Bombadier and do it with him to show the remainder of the troop" . And, Believe me, sir, the Bombadier did it wrong. Our troop Officer was watching at the time, and I heard him ask my Sergeant what my name was, and how it was that I knew the drill and the others did not. He told him that I had been in the Home Guard. The Officer said, "It looks as if the H.G. are teaching the regulars how to use a rifle." A.B.William Ball, R.N., (Scoot) says "at the moment we are at sea miles and miles from anywhere under a tropical sun." Adds that he still keeps receiving the N.L. in different parts of the world. Has been to a place with a lovely beach where people with wealth go to spend their holidays. Wishes to be remembered to Bobby Moss, R.A.F., and Walter Rawsthorne who is in Canada. Sends them his best wishes. Says he will send a snap in his next letter. Dvr. Jimmy Burns who wrote his letter on July 4th, and has since informed his mother by airgraph that he has been promoted full corporal (see News of the week), is still in the middle east. Is billeted in a town on the sea front. Says it is very hot where he is. Says "I have a lad in my section from Southport, a very nice lad, so I let him read all the N.L.s. I am also stationed about 10 yds from Dick Sephton from Rufford." Wishes to be remembered to all his friends in the Army, Navy and R.A.F. and all at home. Leading Aircraftsman William Benjamin says he had a very rough passage on returning from his recent leave. "Even some of the sailors were sick." He feels that many Tarleton boys who get the N.L. would willingly sacrifice 1/ per week rather than allow those overseas to wait months for their N.Ls. He also says some very nice things about the rector which modesty forbids us to quote. Wishes especially to be remembered to his brother in law Harry Harrison, "whom I unfortunately always seem to miss, and tell him, as the song says "we shall meet again some sunny day." Trooper Alec Barnish writes from the South of England to say that his squadron is carrying out a number of schemes. Is sorry that he will not be able to get home for Hoole Harvest. Held Battalion sports last week. His, (H.Q.), Squadron came in second with 23 points: Says that they have arranged a good winter's programme of entertainments, dances, concerts, whist drives etc. Also says "Well, sir, we have just had a beautiful service in the N.A.A.F.I. canteen at 8.30 this morning." L.A.C. Robert Moss says "Up till yesterday we have had no news about our John, so you can imagine how worrying it is." (readers of this week's N.L. will see that in our local news column we report that John Moss is now home in Tarleton). Pte. Arthur Harrison is still helping the farmers to get in their crops, especially barley. Says he does not like the idea of going back ' to "doing Guard" Went to Church with the Band playing and enjoyed the Service. Says "I felt I was in Tarleton Church only you would have to go a long way to find a Church as nice as Tarleton. Hopes to be home very shortly on a 48 hrs leave and adds "If you see Mrs. Wilcox or Mrs. Robinson will you please tell them to get the grass cutters sharp", (so that he can trim the graves in Tarleton Churchyard.) Gdsn Aubrey Smith sends his congratulations to Billy Benjamin on getting his L.A.C., and also to Sergt and Mrs. Edgar Wait upon their marriage. Says that he is still in the Convalescent Home and will probably be there a few weeks. Letters received from Ted Barnish from Middle East and from Tom Parkinson. Extracts given next week.

News of the week.
Letter from Jimmy Burns to his wife gives the pleasant news that he has been promoted to the position of Section Fitter in R.A.S.C. with the rank of full corporal. He jumped from Private to this rank. Hugh Abram, (son of Will Abram) who is in the Guards is in hospital suffering from a tubercular gland. His sister Betty is in the W.A.A.Fs. Raymond Bailey, Hesketh Bank, hurt his shoulder, was in hospital and is now home on convalescent leave. Bob Sharples also of H.B. is in hospital following inoculations. Joe Moore, who, as recorded in recent N.L. was saved from the Fearless when it was torpedoed, is home on leave. Mere Brow Harvest thanksgiving next Sunday, Sept. 21st. Parish Church the following Sunday. Philip Rigby has sent his photo for inclusion in our gallery in the Lady Chapel. There are still a few missing. All the Schools in the district break up on Friday, Sept.19th for three weeks so that elder children can help in harvesting. Hugh Ashcroft's young son, born in July, was christened on Sunday with the name of Winston so the date of his birth will never be in doubt. "Eva Sephton was married on Tuesday morning at 10.0 a.m. to William Ball, Guinea Farm, Banks. They are going to live at Wood-end, Gravel Lane. John Caunce received another notice to attend a medical board (he passed A.1. at a similar board in May), and again passed A.l. He is booked for the R.A.F., and should be going soon. Jack Robinson writes home to say that he was going to a Birthday Party at a Farm House where he was billeted some time ago. He is now at the H.Q. of his Unit with his Chaplain to whom he is batman. Rufford Harvest Thanksgiving was on Sunday last. Matthew NcFord, Hesketh Bank, was married last week at Burscough Parish Church to a Miss Nellie Glover of Lathom. Henry Slinger was best man. John Coulton and Leonard Wadilove have been promoted L. Cpls in the Home Guard. Mr. Robshaw, Doctor's Lane, has not been so well again and Kenneth has been granted compassionate leave to see him. Second Officer John Moss who was in the convoy that was bombed and torpedoed and whose ship was one of those (seven in all) that was lost, has now come home for a short leave. Mrs.Taylor, (Tolsey Stazicker,) Gorse Lane had a little girl last week. John Iddon, Gorse Lane, and Jimmy Harrison, Kearsley Ave. have both had their medical.

On Leave.
Harry Iddon for 7 days; Billy Molyneux for 7 days. Leslie Hodson for 10 days; Ken. Robshaw compassionate leave; Johnny Hague for few days; Billy Parkinson for 7 days; Bert Barron for 7 days; Billy Bridge for 2 days; Fred Tiffen, (H.B.) Jack Baxter (H.B.) Raymond Bailey (H.B.). Robbie Sargeant.


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