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World War II newsletter
October 28th 1941

My dear Lads,
This week more of a talk than a sermon. It should be clearly understood that only extracts from letters actually sent to the rector himself appear in the N.L. You will quite understand how impossible it would be for the rector to visit 130 local parents each week and take extracts from family letters. Also he would lay himself open to the charge of favouritism for he could not put 150 extracts in the N.L. each week and some would have to be left out, and then the fat would be in the fire. So he confines himself to extracts from letters sent to him personally. I do not know why I began this letter in the third person for it is not my custom to write to my friends in this stiff, aloof kind of way . But I get so accustomed to it with writing the Magazine that I do it unconsciously. As a matter of fact, of course, I write every word of the N.L. although sometimes it appears as if someone else were doing it.
It is a wonder that I have not got the name of a "Nosey Parker“, the way I go about seeking little bits of local news to tell you; but most people know why I do it and all are most ready to supply me with little tit bits. For which, on your behalf, I thank them.
Will those who so far have not subscribed any news to the N.L. please send a few lines, so that it can really be a combined effort of us all. Surely it is hardly fair to allow others to supply their news when we make no contribution and with-hold our news. For the N.L. is sent to all lads away from the parish.
With my love and my Blessing, ever your affectionate brother.

News from the Home Front.
Mrs. Ellen Prescott, School House Farm, Mere Brow, died on Tuesday aged 70 years. She was buried at Tarleton Churchyard on Saturday. The Guild of Players gave their long looked for "Show" in the Schools on Friday night. It consisted of three very interesting short plays, the last depicting the "laying" of the Tarleton Ghost. So now Tarleton residents have no need to take off their boots when walking down Coe Lane. The infant second son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fairbairn was christened on Sunday with the names Francis Stephen Alty Fairbairn. At the same time the rector also christened the infant daughter of Mr.& Mrs.Taylor, Gorse Lane, with the names Eva Margaret. Mrs.Taylor was, of course, Tolsey Stazicker. Will Ellison Kearsley Avenue, joins the R.A.S.C. on Wednesday and on Thursday of next week Dick Burns joins the Navy. George Spenser Junr. came home in the early hours of Saturday morning for the week end. He went back to Kingston on Monday. He is not in the Arms but is working near London. Two local ladies hurrying down Carr Lane one dark morning this week to catch a bus going Chorley way, met a cow and turned back missing the bus. Mr.William Wilson, Beech House, Hesketh Lane, was taken to Preston Infirmary on Monday evening. Harry Spense, Whittles Fame, Church Road is to be married on Thursday at Hoole to Ellen Carr, of Hoole. The Bishop of Blackburn will hold a Confirmation in Tarleton Parish Church in the spring. Owing to being unable to take his Home Guard classes on week day evenings, as his work prevents him getting home in time Sergeant Instructor Nutter, New Road, has voluntarily relinquished his stripes and reverts to the ranks at his own request. He is still a valued member of the Home Guard. "Prater piking" is now coming to an end and we are told that there has been an exceptionally good crop. Several farmers, especially at Sollom, have applied for and been granted soldiers to help in this work. Billy Parkinson, who has been on twenty eight days agricultural leave to work at Oak Farm for Robert Baybutt, has been granted a fortnight’s extension to finish the work to be done. A barge was on fire on the canal on Sunday but the fire was soon put out by the local A.R.P. Thomas Harrison of Holmes finishes his twenty eight days agricultural leave this week and returns to his Unit. Mr. John Pickervance who has been ill in bed is now up but has not yet returned to work. Mr. Stott, Carr Lane, was admitted to Preston infirmary this morning. Mrs.James Howard of Barron' s Farm, opposite Co op, has invited Sergt and Mrs. Stanley Baldwin to stay at the Farm when Stanley gets his leave in a few week's time. The rector has invited all the local national service Units to take part in the Remembrance Service in the Parish Church on Sunday, November 16th.

Extracts from Letters.
Corpl. Jimmy Burns writes from the middle east to say he has received two N.Ls together but has not received any others for a long time. Says he has now had a letter from Sergt. Jimmy Leacy and asks other lads writing to him to notice his jump in rank. Adds that he is in the very best of health and still has with him his two local pals, Dick Sephton of Rufford and a lad named Taylor from Southport. All this on an air graph but says a letter from him is on the way enclosing a photo. Finishes with "Goodnight and God bless you all from Jim". His brother Dvr. Tommy Burns writes to say that he has been transferred to workshops section and finds it veryr interesting. Says that when on the great manoeuvres he had one of the best times he has ever had in the Army. Saw hundreds of our parashutes baling out. The food was good, the entertainments up to the mark and the beds with springs in them. Says "I would not have missed it for all the spuds on Tarleton Moss." Has started night school and goes to a Technical College in a nearby town. Plays football against the R.A.F. and last week did the hat trick. Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads and particularly to Tommy Walsh about whom he has not heard for a long time. Gunner John Ball sends his photo a very good one and says “we are just waiting here for something to turn up." Also says "I am sorry to say that we have not had a Church service here yet although the R.Cs held one in our hut last Sunday. Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads and especially mentions Harold Aspey and wishes him the best of luck in the Army. A.C. Tom Dandy writes from a Regional R.A.F. Hospital to say that his leg is doing nicely. Says that the best place about a hospital is on the outside. Has had a letter from George Iddon and says that the only "local" he has met is a lad named Bailey from Hesketh Bank who is in the same hospital. Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads away and especially to Leslie Hodson. Pte Philip Ashcroft of Rufford writes to thank the rector for putting him on the N.L. mailing list. He recalls the happy time he had playing the Organ at Tarleton Church, (he is certainly one of the most accomplished and capable organists who have ever played our organ since the present rector came to Tarleton he really can make the organ speak). Has been in Dorset, the scene of so many of Thomas Hardy's novels and thoroughly appreciated the experience. Also made a pilgrimage to the grave of Lawrence of Arabia. He is now in the Midlands, and at the time of writing was in hospital. Seaman Tom Spencer, R.N. says he was looking out for the N.L. all the weekend and received it at 5 o'clock on the day he wrote his letter. Has now finished his course on the Training Ship, and expects to move to another ship next week. Says that every Sunday they have a march past to see which is the best Division. Two weeks running his lot were only one point short and last Sunday they came out top and won the flag for the week. Finishes "Please remember me to Roger Watson, Harry Iddon and all the Tarleton lads." L/Cpl Martha West is in hospital and says she does not like it at all. Is hoping to get another stripe soon and is working hard for it. She expects to be moved to a place from which she will not be able to come home quite as often. Says “We have a minister coming talking to us every day , but would rather come to Tarleton Church which I do miss.`' Wishes to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads in the Forces and to the people of Tarleton generally . Pte George Almond, Croston, writes from an Advance field post in the middle east to say how delighted he was to get the first N.L. He sends an airgraph dated Sept. 27th. He kindly points out that N.Ls going to the middle east need only a 1 1/2d. stamp says "You will be interested to know that Hubert Tindsley (my wife's brother) and I met out here the other day and you can imagine how thrilled we both were. I met my wife's other brother, John, at a port en route here and these are the only two local lads I have yet met. I have seen some interesting places and things since I came out here (he was in the evacuation from Crete) We have the services of a Padre and are able to take Communion regularly every Sunday, which is indeed a blessing." A.C. Fred Pollard R.A.F. writes to say that he would be lost without the N.L. Says he plays the Organ for the Sunday Services in camp. Also says that each Sunday night after service there is a discussion group over which the Padres preside and they discuss anything that is of interest. Last week he came across Bert Strickland from Longton who is stationed at the same camp with his squadron. Bert Strlckland is Harold Aspey's cousin and used to come to the British Legion Club to play billiards. Rfn Charlie Wright (Mere Brow) is now billeted in a posh Hydro in Scotland, hot and cold water, big swimming pool and every luxury conceivable. Adds "the only thing wrong about it is that we have too many guards for my liking, and it is all spit and polish now a days." Says that he has a good job as storeman and so misses the long route marches.


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