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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
November 18th 1941

My dear Lads,
As you will see this week I have had to leave quite a number of extracts from letters received unrecorded, but I will give them in the next issue. What it comes to is that I shall have to make the extracts shorter. Even as I was writing this N.L. Letters have came from Jack Marsden, Harley McKean, Michel Gicquel (all in French), Arthur Harrison and Malcolm Parkinson. Also there arrived all at the same time Jack Robinson, Bert Price and Harry Price to pay me courtesy calls. They tell me that Provost Sergeant Jimmy Leacy is coming home today to be married tomorrow. I have also heard that Sergeant Stanley Baldwin and his wife have arrived in Tarleton. More of all these next week.
With my love and my prayers for you all,
Ever your sincere friend,
L.M.FORSE.

On Leave.
Alf Rowland; William Sutton; Ronnie Sergeant; George Burns; Dick Burns; Ronnie Melling; Harry Cookson, Harry Price; Bert Price; Jack Robinson; Ernie Nicholson; Stanley Baldwin, and Jimmy Leacy.

News from the Home Front.
Big wedding on Saturday. Miss Maggie Shorington Stazicker was married to Mr. John Anderson Vickers of Askam in Furness. Church packed. Reception afterwards at Garlick’s. A.C William Sutton. Blackgate Lane, was also married on Saturday at Walmer Bridge Methodist Chapel to Miss Joan Wild. Bridegroom is on draft leave. Corpl. Austin Barton, Moss Lane, was married on Wednesday at Hesketh Bank Parish Church to Miss Mary Johnson of Lock Houses. Mrs. Dan Stazicker presented her husband with a fine baby girl on Friday. Both mother and baby are doing well. Mr. Holdcroft, Little Manor, Hesketh Lane was found dead in his garden on Tuesday evening. He was 76 years of age. His wife has for some weeks been dangerously ill. There was no inquest. He was buried in Tarleton Churchyard on Saturday. Big Remembrance Church Parade on Sunday in Parish Church. All the local National Services were present. Procession started at Rectory in this order, British Legion Standard, Rufford Band, Bank Hall Contingent, Home Guard, Fire Service, A.R.P. and Ambulance Corps, W.V.S. and Red Cross. Local Special Constables kept the way. Very inspiring Service in Church. Canon Lambert of Whalley Abbey preached a splendid sermon. Lt. Colonel Bustard, of Bank Hall was present. Lieut. Stanley Dean (Manager of the District Bank) who is in command of the Tarleton Home Guard, has been promoted to the rank of Captain. He is now Captain Dean. Sergeant Bourn' s mother at Rufford has received a Cablegram from him saying that he is on the high seas and has not yet reached his destination. Airgraph letters from Aircraftsman Harry Rigby say that he has not yet quite recovered, He is in the middle east. Sergeant Stanley Baldwin and his wife are expected in Tarleton at the beginning of the week. They have been invited by Mrs. James Howard to stay at her farm house. They should have come a fortnight ago but Stanley's duties prevent them doing so. The house to house collection for Southport Infirmary, undertaken by the Young Women’s Bible Class, came to over £30. Dick Harrison has gone overseas. Hugh Rowland has been called up and is joining the Signal Corps. Peter Dawson, Moss Lane, has joined
the Navy. Mr. William Wilson, Beach House, Hesketh Lane, has returned home from Preston Infirmary, and is doing well, though still very poorly. The Rector thanks Mr. John Thorne for the gift of £2.10.0. Half the proceeds of a Whist Drive at Mrs. Wignall’s house, Both these sums were given towards the cost of the N.L. Mrs. David Wright, Hundred End, had a little girl last week. Dvr. Harry Price preached at the Methodist Chapel last Sunday.

Extracts from Letters.
Annwyl Sir, Mae gennyf bleser i Ysgrifenu gair bach I chwi. Drosof bechgyn cymru sydd yma ynI cwmni Arthur ac i diolch i chwi am y pleser mawr yr ydych yn rhoi I ni gyd yma trwy darllen y papurwythnosol ac yrydym yn disgwyl ymlaan I darllen pob un o honi nw. Yr wyf yn gobeithio bod chwi yn deall y tipyn geiriau yr ydwyf wedi ysgrifennu a diolch yn fawr am pob peth. Cofion gynnes, G. Rowe, Pte.'
The rector need not say how very surprised and how very pleased he was to receive this letter from a complete stranger. He at once got Mr. Peters to translate it and here is the English version of it.
Dear Sir, I leave pleasure in writing a short note to you on behalf of the Welsh boys who are here in Arthur's Company (Arthur Harrison) and to thank you for the pleasure you are giving us all here in reading the weekly paper, and we are looking forward to reading each one of them. I hope you understand the few words I have written in great thanks for everything. Best Wishes. The Rector thanks Pte. G. Rowe for his kind words of appreciation and wishes him and all the lads ''All the Best'. Gdsn. Matt Farrington writes thanking the rector for the trouble he took getting quick official information concerning his brother Jimmy who was wounded while fighting in the middle east. Of himself he says ''I am living here under good conditions so I must count myself fortunate." Sends his greeting to all the local lads who are Serving in H.M. Forces. Gunner Thomas Fazackerly writes from the Y.M.C.A.to say he is on 48 hrs leave and is spending it in a nearby city. Adds "I have been posted out here as a plotter, which I think will be a very interesting job." Hopes to be home for 9 days in the middle of December. Wants the address of Arthur Harrison who is not so far from him. Says "Last Sunday I walked 3 miles to a Methodist Chapel and I always seem to find a very small one they are all very small round here but not so small as the one at Shulanger'. Adds that where he is they have had twelve months' weather crammed into a few days. Aircraftsman Thomas Parkinson, Carr Lane, writes to say his foot is much better and he has been put on light duty. Is going through the same course as the one he did with the Army, and thinks it is because the R.A,F. would like the credit of having trained them. Has not seen a Padre round the camp so far, but has got to know some local folk who will show him the nearest Church. Has to work most of Sunday but should manage it in the evening. Seaman Dick Burns went to H.M,Ship as a stoker, but with 39 others has been transferred elsewhere as an S.O.S. Wishes to be remembered to all his old comrades in the Home Guard. Hopes to get 48 hrs. leave in the very near future. Pte. Matt Sutton writes to say that he has now gone abroad to the middle east and to ask for the N.L. to be sent regularly. Says "One N.L. is worth more than 100 newspapers to me.'' His wife went over with him for the weekend before he set sail. The Padre at the Church Army canteen found them very comfortable billets. Says he has had his photograph taken and has asked his wife to take the rector one when they are ready. Pte. William Ellison says that the Army is very different to the Home Guard. "Everything is done 'click, 1, 2, 3’ and you have to shout it out.” Finds food good and plentiful. Says he has learned more in two weeks in the army than all the time he was in the Home Guard. Had a 4 mile run on Saturday and his Squad got second prize. Says if his Squad passes out he should be home on leave in two and a half weeks, but they have a few weak ones. Pte. George Almond (Croston) sends a long, interesting typewritten Airgraph from the Middle East. Says the colder weather is now coming on. Gives an interesting account of local farming, and says, "the corn is threshed out here by means of a ‘nurag' a sort of flat wooden implement with rows of knives underneath. When the corn is gathered it is put into heaps and a space is cleared on the ground and the corn is laid out. The 'nurag' is then dragged by unhooded oxen (true to biblical tradition) in a circle over the corn which is cut into little bits straw, chaff, and all the lot and formed into a heap in the middle. The farmer then waits for a breezy day, throws the 'mixture' into the air; the chaff blows away and the corn is left in a mound. Finishes "Please give my kindest remembrance to my brothers-in-law John and Hubert Tindsley; Tom Tindsley; Harry Price; Jack Bourn and all other Tarleton lads known to me."
Gunner Harry Harrison says that he is in one of the most desolate places anyone could be in, and to think that winter is so near does not make it more cheerful. The first thing he sees when he gets up the morning is snow capped mountains to make him shiver. Hopes to get leave in about three weeks’ time. Wishes to be remembered to his cousins, Harry, Dick, Jimmy, Tom, and Bill, Harry Cookson, Bert Price, Bill Sutton and his brother-in-law Billy Benjamin, from whom he would like to hear. Sign. Tom Harrison writes from an American Red Cross Hospital "somewhere in England" to say that he is much better although he cannot use his hand yet. All the Doctors and Nurses are American, and when they came over the ship was torpedoed and six nurses were drowned. Has made great friends with the Staff and hopes to visit them after the war. Wishes to be remembered to his brother Billy, Gerrard Pendlebury and William Clee, and hopes the latter likes his new job in the R.A.F. Several letters have had to be held over this week owing to lack of space, but we hope to give them the first place in our extracts next week. We shall have to give shorter extracts and thus get them all in. The Rector has received a letter, written in French from a member of the Free French Forces, thanking him for the N.L. Extracts will be given next week.

 
 

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