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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
November 11th 1941

My Dear lads,
We have so many of our lads away now that last week we ran short of News Letters. We send out 150 each week and now we are having 170 typed, and it seems as though before the New Year we shall need over 200. It has been found quite impossible to send everyone a Magazine each month. As you know we started off with this intention and at the present we send about 80 copies to lads away. If you would like one perhaps the best way would be for you to ask those at home to order another copy and send it to you direct, or we would do it for them. The only trouble is the cost. When you reckon up about 200 twopences a month, in addition to the cost of the weekly N.L. you will find that the total cost is pretty heavy, and the rector’s pocket cannot stand it. Several people help him with subscriptions for instance last week Mr. Isaac Clark of Carr Lane, gave him 10/- towards the cost, but even then it leaves a lot for the rector to find from his own pocket. He is not grumbling but only pointing out that he is not Lord Nuffield, and his pocket has a bottom. A fortnight ago Mr. Tom Southworth, who is in the R.A.F. sent him 10/-, for which he is most grateful. But the Rector does not want the lads away to send him anything. If those at home like to help well and good, but not the lads away.
It is not a cash and carry, but lend and lease. With my love and my blessing, ever your affectionate brother, L.N.FORSE

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Harold Aspey writes to say that he has found some very good pals, mostly Lancashire lads. He is somewhere in Surrey and says it is very cold; they even had snow last week. Says that his Army life is "one mad rush". Adds "I miss those Home Guard nights when we could all get together and have a good chat. I met the Chaplain the other day and had a nice talk with him. He said if he could do anything for us he would do it and that all our troubles would be his." R.A.S.C. Artificer Harry Devitt says that they are on the go from dawn to dusk. He is now approaching the end of his training and has passed out in footdrill, arms drill, gunnery and waggons, and is now concentrating entirely on tanks. Says that the quality and quantity of the food is excellent. Adds that he should get his leave in about a month and he is looking forward to seeing Hesketh Lane once again. Cpl. Robert Moss, R.A.F. went to London on his 36 hours leave and had a thoroughly good time with a few pals. Says he is still keeping his old job Wireless Operator and adds "as there are many jobs worse than mine I have nothing to complain about. Two letters come by the same post from Marine Kenneth Nicholson the one dated Aug. 9th, the other Sept. 5th. Both were written from a very well known ship which appears to be somewhere in the Pacific, but as he gives no clue this is only a guess. He asks us to convey through the N. L. his best Wishes for Christmas to all the lads, especially those in the Middle East. Says, ”we are all looking forward to the time when we can step ashore and mix with white people who are civilised." Adds "The weather out here is getting warm and we are looking forward to some bathing when we get into ports." He also asks for the addresses of lads in the M.E., and hopes that he himself will manage to spend a nice quiet Christmas in some decent place. He proudly writes, "I see by the newspapers that the Marines have at last come into their own as the finest Regiment in the world. We on ships are proud to see our comrades on land uphold and carry on the traditions our Regiment has made for itself throughout the last four centuries. No doubt you know that Marines landed from ships in Iraq and Iran and are often required to quell risings or settle disputes. That is why a marine is trained for land service as well as sea, and are adept at landing guns and building pontoons." L.Cpl. Nick Dewhurst is on a six week's weapon training course. Says "It is a small school for the whole of the British Army, and I have been chosen from our Unit." This is a great honour especially considering that he is in the Guards where proficiency is of a very high standard. Says he has sailed through his first exam, and feels sure he will get through the second. He will then be qualified to wear crossed rifles on the sleeve of his tunic. Stoker Tom Spencer begins his letter "Just a line to let you know that I am quite happy here." Says that his mother has told him that Dick Burns has gone to his old ship and says "I am sure he will like being there although he will find it very different to being at home and in the Home Guard, for he will have to do most things at the double." Says he has not had a fine day since he landed at his new billet, snow and hailstones etc. Marine Will Wright sends a very fine photograph of his Squad, without exception the smartest we have ever seen in fact the smartness of the whole turnout and the evenness of the whole photograph was so startling that we actually used a magnifying glass to see if we could find a fault and could not find a single one. Of the place where he is now Will says "its the nearest to Jerry I have been yet, but some day I hope to get a little closer", wishes to be remembered to all the boys. Pte. Arthur Harrison begins his letter "I wish you could see the boys when I am reading the N.L. Sir, "they say," its the News Letter, can I read it after you Arthur?" Says that he is still helping the farmer to 'pike praters' and to get the sugar beet in. Went to Church Parade on Sunday and says the Padre "preached a nice sermon but he was bad to understand as they speak different to us here." Gunner John Ball writes concerning the Special Remembrance Service at the place where he is billeted." We have a big Church parade here tomorrow, ten soldiers have been picked from each gun site to attend, and I am one of them. There will be about 60 of us altogether, and then there will be the R.A.O.C. and the R.A.S,C. and Tank Regiment; so it should be quite a big parade; and "A" Troop (his own) will lead the parade." Later on he says that he has received a letter from Dan Stazicker and finds that they are both in the same county and so should be able to see something of each other.

On Leave.
Dan Wright for 7 days; Bob Sharples returned after 28 days agricultural leave; Dan Stazicker for 7 days; Kenneth Hind for a fortnight, while his arm which has been broken is setting; Ernie Nicholson for 7 days. Charlie Wright (Mere Brow) for 7 days; Tom Dandy for 7 days; Will Bridge (Rufford) for 7 days; Raymond Bailey R.A.F. (H.B.) for week end; Harry Cookson for 7 days. Austin Barton for 28 days agricultural leave. Norman Barron Gone East. Lieut. Arthur Croft and Artificer Matt Sutton, R.A. S. C. have both gone to the Middle East.

Change of Address.
Will all those who change their address please notify the rector at once so that the N.L. mailing list can be kept up to date. Several lately have been returned through failure to find a lad when he has been moved.

News of the Week
Mrs. Barton, wife of Capt. John Barton, Moss Lane, died on Saturday, and was buried on Tuesday in Hesketh Bank Churchyard. Remembrance Services held in Tarleton Parish Church on Tues. were well attended. Holy Communion at 8a.m. and 10.15.,after which we all proceeded to the Memorial where the School children sang the Hymn “Once to every man a nation, comes the moment to decide.“ and prayers were said by the rector. Frank Foster and Noel Clark (Nobby) have both written home to say that they have met somewhere in the Middle East. It happened quite by accident when Noel, on landing at a port; passed through Frank's medical inspection depot. Frank also writes home to say that he has received a letter from Jimmy Burns, also in the Middle East. Frank also went to a "Ramadan observance", a Mohammedan rite, and did not think much of it. Harry Rigby R.A.F. also in the Middle East, writes home to say that he has just come out of hospital after an attack of "Sandfly fever". John Gidlow, of Walmer Bridge was married to Ruth Hart, of Longton at Longton Parish Church on Nov. 6th. John Gidlow is in the same R.E. Coy. as Norman Barron. Sgt. Jack Bourn (Rufford) has gone to the middle east. Dick Burns joined the navy on Tues. last. He left Tarleton in the morning and the same evening his wife had a baby girl. Both mother and baby are doing well and Dick is coming home for this week end. George Burns, Irish Guards, came home on Tuesday, and Tommy Burns comes home to day. So the only one now serving with the Forces who will be away will be Jimmy who is in the middle east. John Webster should have gone for his medical on Tuesday but was unable to go as the doctor has ordered him to stop in bed for a fortnight. The rector's Sunday evening service for young folk is getting very popular and if we get many more we shall have to leave the Parish Room and go across to the schools. The rector had the privilege of accompanying the Mayor of Chorley on Sunday aft. when he lead the procession of Home Guard and A.T.C. to lay the wreath on the Chorley war memorial in Astley Park. Mr. William Ashcroft and his son Ronald have both joined the Fire Watchers for Coe Lane. Sgt. Baldwin, who should have come on leave, to stay, with his wife, at Mrs. James Howard’s Farm, has had his leave postponed and is expected to come this weekend instead. Aubrey Smith who was on seven days leave had it extended for another 10 days owing to an attack of Tonsilitis. Dr. Hendron, of Croston signed him off on Tues. and he has returned to his unit. Jimmy Parkinson R.A.F. is in a military hospital suffering from a very severe attack of influenza.

 
 

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