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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
September 23rd 1941

My dear lads,
I have given an unusual amount of grace to the letter from Mr. Davies because I think that it is most encouraging. Having travelled America and Canada, and being an educated man who is well able to come to right conclusions, his opinions can be regarded as reliable. What he says of the loyalty and zeal of the Canadians combined with the statement that all he saw in the U.S.A. were 100 per cent with Britain should give us real cause to lift up our hearts. But our hearts must be lifted higher than this if we are to be found worthy to win this war.
So far, I am convinced, we have relied a great deal too much upon earthly allies. When Yugo-Slavia came in, when Greece came in, and when Russia came in, we metaphorically speaking, sat back and said “Now we are all right.“ The only firm and sure and everlasting alliance is that with Almighty God. And alliance with God means that we have to be 100 per cent with Him. In the ordering and conduct of our lives our relationship with our Creator, our Redeemer, and with the Holy spirit with which each soul is endowed must be true, firm and practical. It is not a matter of sentiment and certainly not one of sanctimoniousness. It is not one of emotion. It is a clear headed comprehension that we are creatures of God, that He is the controlling influence in our destinies, and that our Lord spake nothing but absolute truth when He said “Apart from Me, ye can do Nothing.” With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend, L.N.FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Most interesting letter, from Mr. Davies, the Liverpool schoolmaster who came to Tarleton with the evacuees. He is in Canada. He has been in the southern States of America, South Carolina and Alabama, where the N.L followed him, giving him, as he says, the latest news from the home front. Was one of those chosen to act as Guard of Honour to the Duke of Kent during his recent visit to Canada. While in America joined the Choir at the Episcopal Church in the town where he was billeted. Ends letter “Please convey my regards to the boys I know via the N.L. particularly to Ronnie Iddon, Harry Taylor, Harry Rigby, Nick Forshaw, the Burns boys, and Mr. Peters, his Staff and children." Petty Officer Nick Taylor, R.N, has moved on. Says of the new place in which he is billeted “I think the girls, here are next to the Tarleton girls for beauty.'' Ends “Please remember me to Ronnie Iddon ('Orace), Harry Taylor, and Ernie Ball (Sibbert)." A.C. Fred Pollard says he would feel lost without the N.L. Hopes to be home on Friday 26th. Goes on “we are still kept busy and boots come in as fast as we can do then. Still, we are enjoying it and cannot grumble.“ Sends a photo of himself in Air Force uniform. Dvr. Harry Price says "I have had the pleasure and honour of driving Lieut General Lord Bridgeman round on many of his inspections, and have also shared sandwiches and coffee with him in my car, and I think he is a fine gentleman." Adds that he is also one of the closest friends of the Chairman of the Methodist Church for the whole of Scotland. Has been, without success, on trail for white heather. Ends 'Please give my regards to my brother Bert and everybody in Tarleton and in the Forces.'' Trooper Ted Barnish writes from the Middle East a letter dated 6 7 41 to say that all is quiet out there except for a few air raids. Says he has been bathing in the Mediterranean and also does some sun bathing. Receives the N.L's fairly regularly but some are missing. Gunner Harry Harrison is still under canvas and writes his letter by candlelight. Spent 13 1/2 hours in the train getting back from leave to his camp. Is 8 miles from the nearest town and finds that John Pickervance is the same distance on the other side. As they all go into this town on Saturday nights Harry hopes he may see John. Would like to be remembered to his many cousins and also to his brother in law Billy Benjamin and his family- puts in brackets (Good Luck Billy Boy). A.C.2 Tom Parkinson (Carr Lane) is on a month’s course of instruction in ground gunnery. Says “I can tell you it is very hard training we are getting. At night he goes round to the Sergeant Instructor’s room to clean the guns and get a few tips from him. Sends his best wishes to the lads of Tarleton in the Forces, and to all the Sunday School, teachers and scholars. Dvr. Walter Moss says he is expecting to sail any day now, but would like to see his wife and folk once more before he goes. Says "I have seen France, Belgium and England, and now I am going to see the rest of the World." Pte Arthur Harrison has now finished harvesting and is back with his Unit. Says the farmer said he was sorry to lose him. Spends his evening peeling spuds and carrots for the company. Gets his N.L. regularly and enjoys it. Also goes once a week to a nearby town for a bath. Sergeant Ernie Ball types his letter. Says "You really would laugh if you could see me; I am worse than you with my one finger tapping away." (As a matter of fact his letter is perfectly typed}. The rector agrees with him when he goes on "There is only one thing wrong with using a typewriter; that is you can get too much in too little space. " All being well hopes to be home about Oct.14th.

ADDENDA.
The letter from Mr. Davies, from Canada, is so interesting that I thought you would like some more extracts from it. He says:- "This morning I met a lad from Preston just arrived here, who went to school with Harry Taylor and a few more Tarleton lads. You may be sure we had a good 'pow wow' about the village. I must tell you that the Americans in South Carolina and Alabama are 100 per cent with Britain and look to the day when they will be in the front line." Of the Royal Canadian Air Force he writes "The spirit which we find amongst the R.C.A.F. boys is something which brings a lump to the throat for they are intensely proud to be in the service of their King and Empire, Here at the Depot we see many volunteers with the Ribbons of the last war, all eager to do their bit again. We get talking to these Canadians and find that they have come two or three thousand miles from the West and backwoods to volunteer, for there is no conscription here. The citizens of Toronto are most loyal. I dare grumble that one sees more Union Jacks in this city than in all England. They think and live for Britain and one sees evidence that almost the entire effort of this country is devoted to the successful carrying out of this war.

On Leave.
AC2 Alf Rowland for seven days; Engineer mechanic Harry Devitt for seven days; LAC Robert Moss for seven days; Rfln Charlie Wright, Mere Brow, for seven days.

From the Home Front.
Tarleton Bowling Club had a Tournament on Saturday to raise some money to send to all local lads in the Forces. There were 74 entries. Some good prizes were given. Total raised up-to-date £ 39. 12. 2d. but there will be some more to come in as the tournament is to be continued next Saturday owing to the large number of entries. Mere Brow Harvest last Sunday, preachers, Mr Goring from H.B. and Mr. Watkins, rector of Hoole. Mrs. Jimmy Parkinson presented her husband with a fine baby boy on Sunday. Both are doing well. Arthur Forshaw, Johnson's Lane, joins up on Thursday. Tom Spencer, (Curacy House) joins the Navy on Wednesday. Jack Edmondson (Chip Shop), has volunteered with the R.A.F. for flying duties and has passed his medical.
Alf Rowland jnr. R.A.F. is home on leave. Marine John Jackson, H.B. home on 48 hrs. leave. A Mr. Thorne who comes from Liverpool blitzed area has given the rector a splendid set of Chessmen for use with the Home Guard. All local schools now on holiday gathering in the Harvest. Mr. Robsaw was taken on Friday to Southport Infirmary. He is very ill. Mr. Hugh Iddon, Church Road, near Co-op, is also ill. So far nothing more has been heard of Jimmy Farrington who was officially reported wounded in the middle east. Second Officer John Moss, now at home, was five hours in the sea on a pitch dark night when he was torpedoed. Balshaw’s bull, out for a Sunday afternoon stroll, met Jimmy Howard’s bull on the marsh and had a great fight. Mrs. Griselthwaite, Mrs. Hugh Iddon’s daughter has come up from Sidcup, Kent, to help nurse her father. She has not been to Tarleton for 14 years. Old Mrs. Christopher Iddon, Plox Brow, is very ill. The rector has received a very nice letter from Jack Robinson‘s Padre saying how much he appreciates Jack’s loyalty and help. Tarleton Harvest on Sunday next, Sept. 28th. preacher in morning Mr. Lomax, Vicar of Banks while Mr. Lee is away on Army Duty, in evening Mr Bourn, Vicar of St .James, Leyland while Mr. Heaslet is away. Mrs. Knight is giving all the proceeds of the Cinema on Tuesday night to the British Legion Funds so that we can keep the Club open for lads on leave and other Servicemen who are in the village. Mr. John Ball, Chapel House Farm, Tarleton Moss, gained First Prize, value £8 for the best productive farm in the competition organised by the Royal Agricultural Society. Maggie Moss daughter of Henry Moss, the Smithy, Mere Brow, has joined the W.A.A.Fs. Corporal Harry Taylor, R.A.F. , has been on a course, and has passed Class A. in the examination that was held at the end of it
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