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World War II newsletter
September 30th 1941

My dear lads,
Autumn, and the long nights have come upon us very swiftly this year, but although I cannot say I like them there certainly is something to be said for 'Blackout evenings'. They do compel one to stay indoors and thus give one more time to read and write. The N.L. takes me a whole evening to write up, and during the summer months I was continually disturbed by people wanting me on immediate and very often important matters. I would like to suggest to you all that you see your Chaplain and ask him to arrange a Discussion Class on one evening in the week. Such a class need not, by any means, be on religious matters, although such a class is both interesting and instructive. If only a few approach him I am quite sure that the Chaplain will be pleased to form such a class. I shall be pleased to hear from any lads who have arranged such a class. It is a most pleasant and useful way of passing any evening, and can easily become a very homely and sociable affair. I have just this minute had a welcome visit from Sergeant Jack Bourn, of Rufford, who every month sends me the Bible reading pamphlets which his Chaplain gives him. They are very good indeed and should form a really good basis for a Discussion Class. I just throw this out as a suggestion. Try it out and you will thank me for making it.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend, L.N.FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. Bert Prices plays football for his Battn team and last Sat. won 7-2. They call themselves the Reece Boys. Says if any of his Tarleton pals come across his team he will "wipe their eyes". Has to walk 3 miles to nearest village, but gets plenty of cigs and also dances and pictures. Says the southerners are not as sociable as northerners. Says also "Tell Jim Leacy I'm sorry I've not written to him but I have lost his address.” We are sending it with this N.L. George Spencer, working in a Government factory somewhere near London, says he has registered for fire watching. On Sunday went to Church in the morning, and in the afternoon paid a visit to Hampton Court Palace, a place the rector knows well. Ends “Remember me to the boys and tell them that I am repairing presses to keep that crease in their trousers." LAC Billy Benjamin was out all night last week looking for some of Musso’s tribe. Thought they might steal a plane. Thanks Gdsn Aubrey Smith for his Congratulations and hopes that he is well again. Says his lot have started a football team with three professionals in it. So would “take on“ Bert Price's team. Wishes To be remembered to Bert and Harry Price. Sends rector l/- towards the overseas N.L. for which many thanks. Gunner Dan Stazicker found the N.L. lying on his bed when he came in from a long and weary day near the east coast. Says his present one is the first really decent billet that he has been in since he joined up nearly two year's ago. Tells a good, true story of Home Guard. On Manoeuvres his lot were invading, H.G. defending. At dinner time one of the H.G. calmly slung his rifle over his shoulder and walked across Dan's position. He nearly got through before he was challenged and asked what he was doing there. The H.G. replied "Going home for my dinner; but I shall be back again when I have had it." Says his mother tells him she cannot send him any news because he gets it all first in N.L. Wishes to be remembered to Gnr. John Ball, and sends congratulations to Jimmy Burns on skipping all the donkey work of a first stripe and getting two at once. Marine Kenneth Nicholson is out far, far away on the briney chasing Hitler's raiders when he sees one. Asks us through the News Letter to give his best regards to all the lads wherever they may be. His letter which was written on July 28th has just arrived here. Has not been into any port for the last two months so has not received any mail. Says he occasionally goes into some place miles from civilization. AC Alf Rowland is billeted in the same place as Stan Quinlan so he has a good mate. Says Stan wishes to be remembered to the rector, who in turn asks Stan to send him a letter. Says R.A.F. is not a bad life and thinks that the civilians are worse off than the Air Force lads. Says "The worst thing about the war is writing letters." Wishes to be remembered to Frank McKean and Leslie Hodson. Ends "Thanks for the N.L., it is very interesting and better than the newspapers." Pte Ken Ogden has landed in a very pleasant spot. Is near an aerodrome and sees bombs being loaded up ready for Hitler, Says the Church where he is billeted is very high. Marine Leslie Hodson expects to go abroad immediately and thinks this the last letter he will write for some time from this country. Says that he is looking forward to the trip, which will be a very long one. Wishes to be remembered to Jack Marsden, Jack Moss, Bill Wright and all the other Tarleton lads. Owing to constantly moving he has not received the N.L. lately. Pte. Ronnie Sargeant is still under canvas but expects to move into billets within a short time. Was lucky enough to have to deliver a bus within reasonable distance of Tarleton the other day, so slipped home and saw his wife and family. Says that he hopes to get his leave in about a fortnight's time. Gdsn Aubrey Smith has had to go back to hospital as his left ear has "taken bad ways". Says "what a place this is, miles from anywhere, no cigs, and the food is just like --." Says he should get his leave in about a month. L/cpl John Tindsley sends an interesting letter from Malaya. We are allowed to state this quite publicly. It is the only place name which, so far, are have been able to give in the N. L. Why this is we don't know. Says "You will be interested to know that I have all the N.Ls that I have received since leaving England in front of me. The 7th January issue is missing, and as I did not receive any letters from my people that week, it can be taken for granted that they are at the bottom of the sea. This is the only gap for I have received every week's publication up to April 15th which speaks well for the British Navy." Says that the east is a land of contrasts, glorious mosques, colourful clothes, rickshaws and Eastern market places in all their glamorous splendour, on the one hand, and on the other horrible, unhealthy hovels, fever infested swamps, and squalor in every form. However, he adds, that he would not have missed it for anything; though he is looking forward to a good Lancashire winter. Adds "Is there any means of finding out how many places on this earth the N.L. gets to. You ought to have a huge map of the world and pin flags at the places where it has arrived. The result would resemble a map of the targets which the R,A.F. have bombed in Germany."

Talk o th’-Town
Harvest Thanksgiving Services at Tarleton Parish Church last Sunday. Rector preached at Banks in the morning and at St. James’ Leyland in evening. At home in afternoon. Billy Parkinson is home on 28 days agricultural leave; he is working for Robert Baybutt. Jack Buck, (Brick Croft); was married to Louise Alty, Town Gate, Much Hoole, on Sat. last at Hoole Parish Church. She was formerly a maid at Hoole Rectory. Mrs. Christopher Iddon, Plox Brow, aged 84, died on Saturday morning. She had not been ill long. Mrs. Holdcroft, Hesketh Lane, has been very ill but is getting better. She is 77 years old. All the roads in Tarleton are being tarred and gavelled. Hugh Abram, son of Will Abram, Boundary Lane, has been discharged from the Army owing to ill health. The Bowling Green Club has now raised over £70 for their Fund to send some money to all the local lads in the Forces. Home Guard Sergeant Tom Sutton (Blackgate Lane) who rents a “Shoot“ in North Wales has shot over 2,000 rabbits this season and says that there are thousands more yet to shoot. On Saturday he got a good bag of woodpigeons and one partridge. Home Guard night manoeuvres on Tuesday night should give the local lads a good "night out”. The Badminton Club have already started their winter session in the schools. Joe Wait, home on seven day's leave told the rector that Abram Wright, who is in the same Unit as Joe, carried all before him in the Battalion Sports. He got 1st in the Flat Mile, and also in the 1/2 mile, and came second in the Cross Country Five Mile race. His Section won the Silver Cup mainly due to his many contributions in getting firsts and seconds. Martha Sutton, of Sollom and Mary Baybutt, of Oak Farm, Tarleton have each won prizes offered by the Ormskirk Advertiser Children' s Page for the best essays on trees. Florrie Singleton of Sandiway, Holmeswood, was married to Frederick Merrills of Banks, who used to live at Mere Farm Road, off Marshes Road, Mere Brow on Saturday at Holmeswood Methodist Chapel.
Mr. Will Pendlebury, New Road, fell off a hay cart, and broke his collar bone. He was taken to the Infirmary, had it set, and is now back home. Tarleton Methodists keep their Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday next. Same of the work done by the Tarleton Red Cross Association is on view in Webster’s window. These include, socks, pullovers, dressing gowns, pyjamas, mufflers, etc.


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