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World War II newsletter
October 14th 1941

My dear Lads,
After I have put all the news on the other pages of the N.L. there is very little to say on the front page. The Bishop of Blackburn has written a very excellent sermon to be read in all the Churches in the Diocese on Sunday, Oct. 26th. Its is really written for those at home during this time of crisis but it is equally applicable to you who are away. Its theme is "In this Sign (i.e. in the sign of the Cross) thou shalt conquer. This, of course, is an eternal truth. It is, of course, true that the very best can only be attained through much toil and often much pain. Thus when our Saviour came into this world He might give us all that is best. So, too, if we want to get the best for ourselves and thus, in the aggregate, the best for the whole world we must be prepared to accept the cost. But we cannot endure by ourselves. If we cling to the Cross, Jesus, our Saviour, will share the burden and the pain with us, and we shall have the courage and strength that comes to those who know that they are not alone . I would ask you all to turn again to the Gospel message. It is a Gospel of prayer and action. And prayer gives one the courage for the action. Our Saviour prayed in Gethsemane, but as he rose from his knees, He cried to His disciples, “Arise, let us be going,” and He led them along the path that He knew would lead to the Cross. It was the only way that would lead to world redemption. Think this over.
With my love and every prayer, ever your affectionate fellow-soldier

Extracts from Letters.
Two letters come from Seaman Tom Spencer, R.N. this week. Says the food is very good and quite enough to keep you fit. Adds that Bill Melling is not far from him, but they rarely see each other. Says “we have plenty of time to ourselves but that is taken up with washing clothes. We do have some fun making lather fly, but the worst job is keeping the blue from running into the white." Adds "There are two or three Padres here but we only see them at Service time, and where they go after we don't know. We have a Church Parade every Sunday and a Service twice a week. They are all very nice Services but short." Ends I cannot write much now for it is "cooks to the galley", which means get ready for dinner, and after that I shall have to wash up the plates.” Sends his kind remembrance to all the Tarleton lads in the Forces. A/C2 Stanley Quinlan, R.A.F. writes "I am glad to say that I got fixed up in the best of billets; it is nearly like home. I have taken to R.A.F. life and really like it, and I know it is doing me good in every way." He is with Alf Rowland. Says “You mentioned in your letter a Class run by the Chaplain. Well we have one here and have some good talks at them. Wishes to be remembered to all his many friends in Tarleton and asks us to say that when he gets a little leave he will be round visiting them. Ends "Remember me to all the lads in the Forces, Ken Nicholson, Frank McKean and all others, and tell them we are all pulling our weight in the R.A.F. just as I know they are doing in all the other Services." A/C2 Tom Parkinson has moved again. He is now in fine billets with every convenience, Electric Light, Baths, H and C. a grand sports ground and lovely country. The food is good and plentiful. He has had a little trouble with his foot but says that it will soon be right again, meanwhile he has been given light duty. Finishes a very cheerful letter with "Give my best wishes to all the members of H.M .Forces from the village, and to all the Sunday School Teachers and Scholars." A/C2 Will Clee (Kearsley Avenue) is also in the same town as Alf Rowland and Stan. Quinlan. Says that he is in the same shed as Alf and has a "Chin-wag" almost every day. Reminds us that he served in the R.A.F. in peace-time for 9 years and 3 in the Reserve. Adds that the weather up till last week has been really good. Ends "I would like to be remembered through the N.L. to Jerry Pendlebury and Tom Harrison and wish all the other Tarleton lads a safe return from wherever their duty may lead them. A/corpl. Robert Moss writes to say that at last he is expecting a move, to a new Camp just a little nearer home. Says he enjoyed his recent leave much of which was spent at Fleetwood. Says "I see from your N.L. that Stan Quinlan is in the R.A.F. Could you tell me what branch he has gone in for? Stan is an old friend of mine, for I used to know him when I lived at Churchtown” (Sorry we cannot answer this question off hand but will find out and give the answer in our next issue.) R.A.M.C. Jack Parker (Liverpool) is now billeted in a place "miles from anywhere".
Station two miles away, nearest town three miles away and no bus service. Says they can get tons of milk where he is, although the Army still provides them with the tinned stuff. Says the old Padre has gone and a new one has come although he has not seen him yet "You see", he adds, "he lives and moves and has his being at H.Q. Still he should come down here if he can manage it.” Goes to Church at the village Church. Says of a sermon "His sermon was excellent but every word was read. It would make an excellent pamphlet if it was printed“. Says “We have a wonderful electric lighting system here. The light is only going when the engine is going to drive the dynamo. The trouble is to get the engine to go, and once it is going to keep it going. It invariably conks out for the night, about 8pm.; then we switch over to candles and paraffin lamps: What a life!" Gdsn Aubrey Smith is now back with his Battalion and very disappointed because he has received no convalescent leave after being in hospital for so long. Anyhow he hopes to get his privilege leave in a few weeks. Seaman William Ball R.N. Moss Lane (Scoot), writes from America a letter franked with two splendid U.S.A. stamps, one depicting an anti-aircraft gun, the other a hand holding a torch, with “Army and Navy for Defence” superimposed. Says “What a reception we are getting in the U.S.A.! I and some of my pals have just spent twelve days in New York. First of all a man gave us free passes on the bus to N.Y. and an address to go to, but to tell you the truth we never got there, as, when we arrived we were met by a man who turned out to be the head of the Paramount News Reel which you see on the pictures at home, and paid for our rooms in one of the leading hotels in N.Y. We met scores of people who were only too pleased to give us a good time, taking us to pictures, shows, dinners, and showing us all the famous places. The hospitality we received was terrific, we were treated like heroes and fed like Kings. They simply could not do enough for us honestly; you have to see it to believe it, and I could write for ever and then not be able to say all I have seen and done. This afternoon I found three N.L. waiting for me. Thank you very much as it is great to learn how everyone is keeping at home, and after all there is no place like home.

On Leave.
Lieut. Arthur Croft 48 hrs embarcation leave. Malcolm Parkinson R.A.F. 48hrs. Austin Barton R.A.S.C. 7 days. Nick Forshaw R.N. 48 hrs. Dick Gabbot R.E. 7 days embarcation leave. John Jackson Marines (H.B.) for 48hrs. Philip Ashcroft (Rufford) on short leave.

News from the Home Front.
Oliver Harts Bus going to Leyland with a lady driver about 7a.m. met a stationary waggon, without a rear light, in North Road, Bretherton, swerved to avoid collision, turned at right angle, went through hedge opposite, over a deep ditch the other side and came to standstill in a field with no-one hurt. Mr Benjamin coming out of his gate in dark hours of the morning collided with passing motor. No one injured, very little damage done. John Fazakerly, Blackgate Lane, had a daughter last week. Mr. And Mrs. Charles Mayor, Tabby Nook, Mere Brow celebrated their golden wedding last Friday. Mr. Mayor is the youngest of a family of 19 children, and is 76 years of age. The Rector called upon them on Friday and congratulated them. They are both in good health and out and about. Mr. John Thorne, evacuated from Liverpool, has presented to the Mothers’ Union a tray cloth beautifully embroidered by himself, to be sold for the Comforts Fund. The Colonel of the H.G. telephoned the rector and asked him to re­consider resigning his Commission, and promising to get him another Officer to help him, and saying that '’If and when the balloon goes up', he quite agrees that the rector’s place is in his own Parish among his own people. So, for the time being things are "as you were". The Hesketh Bank Tournament (Bowls) for the local fund for supplying comforts to the troops has, up-to-date made £40. The Tarleton Bowling Club tournament has already made over £90 for our Comforts Fund. A big smash-up at the Toll Barr on Tuesday. A lorry ran into a car, smashed windscreen and did other damage, Car was a Ford V. eight. Janie Dawson of H.B. was married last week to a Blackburn man, who was a butcher and is now in the R.A.S.C. Frank Foster writes home to say that he is still “enduring life“ in the Middle East. The engagement has just been announced of A/C2 William Sutton (Blackgate Lane) to Miss Joan Wilde of Hoole. Hubert Tindsley has written home to say that he has met his brother-in-law George Almond. Both are in the Middle East. Mrs Knight has kindly lent the Cinema to the Home Guard for next Thursday evening so that the Army Films depicting Field Exercises etc. may be shewn to the local H.G. A full house is expected.


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