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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
November 27th 1941

My dear Lads,
Fortunately there has been very little purely local news of interest this week so that I have been able to acknowledge, by quoting extracts, most of the letters received up to date.
We have about 30 local lads out in Lybia and I know that I speak for us all when I say that they are ever in our prayers during these critical days. Long before this letter reaches them the issue of the battle now raging will have been decided, but when it does reach them they will, at any rate, have the satisfaction of knowing that their comrades were thinking of them all the time. We have always been such a complete and united family that what affects one affects all, and for myself I feel it all very deeply, for although my life since I came to Tarleton has not been exactly a bed of roses, it certainly has been cheered by the real and sincere affection, trust and confidence of the young men of the parish. You know me through and through as others do not, and therefore your judgment is the only one that has any value. And you, at any rate, know how greatly I long after you all, and how sincere are my prayers that God will bless and keep you safe both in body and soul. To those serving on the home front I say, do not forget to pray daily for our pals now bearing the burden and heat of the day in Lybia. I know you will not. And ask your Chaplain to remember them at the Altar. He will be pleased to do so. With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate Brother, L.N.FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Cher monsieur, Merci bien pour vos lettres que j'ai recu, elles m’teressent beaucoup. J'ai ete tres heureux de voir sur l’une mon engagement avec chere fiancee Miss Rose Twist. Je serais toujours tres heureux de recevoir encore de vos lettres. J' ai l’honneur de vous annoncez ma nomination au grade de Caporal. J‘espere vous rendre visite au cours de ma procaine permission. Je suis toujours a Londres, j'aime beaucoup 1' Angleterre. Je suis en tres bonne sante et j’espere qu’ilen est de mere pour vous, ainsi que pour votra famille, Recevez Monsier, mes sinceres salutations, Caporal Michel Gicquel, (of the Free French Forces). We are certainly coming on to get, two week's running, letters in strange tongues. Sorry not to put inflections in, but the typewriter hasn’t got 'em. What Corporal Michel says is (1) Thanks for N.Ls. (2) he was pleased to see in a recent issue his engagement to Rose Twist, of Fermor Road. (3) He has been promoted Corporal. (4) He hopes to pay the rector a visit when he gets his next leave. (5) He is in London and likes England. (6) He is keeping well and hopes the Rector and his family are the same. We congratulate the Corporal upon his well deserved and rapid promotion. A.C. Tom Dandy writes to say that he is now employed writing chits etc. in one of the offices, and expects to be where he is at present until after Christmas. Sapper Dick Johnson, who is in the middle east, says he was in hospital with Frank Foster in the desert. Has been to the Pyramids and like Frank, does not think much of them. Dick, who started his military career in France, came through Dunkirk, and spent last Christmas very near the North Pole, says "this Christmas is going to be a big change, from one extreme to the other." Aircraftsman Edwin Barron has changed his quarters to a place even quieter than before. Says "Very pretty country, lots of woods, acres of bracken and an occasional local inhabitant. When they say 'just up the road' here you can expect anything up to three miles. I’ve never done so much walking in all my life." Dvr. Abraham Wright is on a three week's course on operating caterpillars, dumpers and excavators. Says that if they pass they are usually drafted to the R.E.s, but he does not want to leave his pals. Sends his kind regards to Joe Wait and his company pals. Dvr. Harley Mckean says he sent his last letter back to his mother at Tarleton because she says that it’s the best medium of getting to know what is happening in the village. Says he is now driving lorries has heard of "civvy chaps” getting six quid a week for less driving then he does. Sends his best wishes to his brother Frank and also to Alf Rowland. Pte. Arthur Harrison writes from the South to say that he likes the new picture at the top of the letter but prefers the Church as it makes one feel more at home. Says the ' lingo' where he is is hard to understand. Asks us to tell Harold Aspey that he wishes him all the best. Artificer Billy Parkinson has now returned to his Unit from agricultural leave and writes to say that where he is in the south it is one mass of mud and water. Says he is now settling down more comfortably to Army life and is hoping, he underlines the word hoping, to get home somewhere around Christmas. Adds that he has not received a News Letter since he got back. Seaman Jack Marsden writes from the north; says that it is colder where he is than in the south but he would rather be in the north. Says on Remembrance Sunday “We attended the Memorial Service with rifles; there was the R.A.F., Army, Home Guard and Civil Defence Forces present, but the Navy was the main party, and we were the only ones with rifles there. A W.R.E.N. played the organ. Wishes to be remembered to Frank McKean, Tom Spencer, Harry Iddon, Alf Rowland and Dick Burns, and hopes the latter is liking the Navy. Sergeant Ernie Ball, who sends an excellent photograph, says,
"We have so much work on that we have hardly time to eat." He has moved back to his old billet and so knows the place very well. A short but cheerful letter just to let the Rector know, that he has not forgotten him. An Airgraph letter comes from Dvr. Ronnie Pilkington dated 26/10/41. He says he is making the best of things in the Middle East. Has as his pal a lad from Barrow in Furness. Had a short leave and, of course spent it in the N.E. Ends "I would be very pleased if you would give my best wishes and a Merry Christmas to the Church Bible Class, the members of the Comforts Fund at Tarleton and Hesketh Bank. Adds "It has been a great pleasure to me to receive so many useful things from them." Marine Kenneth Nicholson who is right out on "the Briny" says, "Just to prove how irregular our mail is, in our mail yesterday, the first for over a month, I received a News Letter dated 24/4/41." (He has already replied to N.Ls sent long after this). Says he has written to the rector regularly every month. (The Rector can tell Kenneth that he has received all his letters). Adds "We are in a terrible climate and it is often too hot to lie in the sun. I am lovely and brown from head to feet and never felt in bettor health. I don't know what we shall do when summer comes, it is supposed to be cool out here at present, and I am sweating just writing this letter." Later on says "I have also a message for Marine Bill Wright. Will he let me know whether he is going on a ship or on land, and if a ship let me know the name. I am sure Bill is like me when he says 'Bigger men I have seen but better Never! He knows he can walk on any drill field in any Barracks and be sure there isn't any other regiment so well trained as ours." So, good luck to the Royal Marines. Gunner Tom Fazackerly says ''It is now 4 o'clock in the morning and we are fastened up in no man's land. It is not a bad job, only we are fastened up in straight jackets, otherwise known as webbing, and have to keep it on all night, and are glad to take it off in the morning. Says he is billeted in a small wood which just reminds him of the good times he used to have as a boy in the wood at Kearsley. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith has returned to his Unit after sick leave. Has been put on Medicine and Duty 2 hrs. work for the day. On arriving back found 3 N.L.s waiting for him. Says he is going to see about a course with the M.T. Heavy Goods. Seaman Will Ball Royal Navy, writes a very interesting letter. Says while spending 10 days in port at a place 7,000 miles away from home I met two lads out of the Army who had been billeted at Tarleton. One of the boys stayed at the Rectory, the other with McCarthy’s, Hesketh Lane. We had a nice time together.” He goes on “at the moment we are going to a very interesting part of the world. We have a Padre on board who is going with us to a lonely island to marry the people on the island. I understand a Padre goes once a year for this." Says that he has had no mail for the last two months as it follows them round "and you never know when you will pick it up” Gunner Harold Aspey says he has now received three N.Ls and finds that they keep him in touch with his home town. He finds his H.G. training very useful now. Adds "It is just a month today since I arrived here, and believe me, rector, it seems 1ike four."
Wishes to be remembered to all his pals, especially those on Active Service, and mentions by name Gunner John Ball, Seaman Dick Burns, Dvr. Ronnie Iddon and A.C. John Rowland. Adds “I was sorry to hear of Mrs. Barton’s death. She will be missed very much.

News from the Home Front.
Provost Sergeant Jimmy Leacy was married on Tuesday last to Miss Mary Rigby at St.George’s Church, Chorley. They are spending their honeymoon at Windgate. Sergeant and Mrs. Stanley Baldwin have been staying for the past week at Mrs. James Howard's Farm in the village. This is Mrs. Stanley’s first visit to Tarleton. She comes from Fishguard, Wales, Mrs. John Ashton, Hesketh Lane, had a baby girl on Saturday. She is the wife of John Ashton who used to live in New Road. Mrs. John Baybutt, School Houses, Sollom, also had a baby girl on Saturday. Both mothers and babies are doing well. A.C. Jimmy Parkinson, who has been in hospital for nearly a month, has now returned to duty. We omitted to put in our extracts that Sapper Dick Johnson asks to be remembered to his cousin Harry Iddon, Jimmy Burns and Nobby Clark. The two latter are also in the middle east so Dick might meet them any day. Ronnie Johnson, Carr lane, joins the Army on Thursday.

On Leave.
Stanley Baldwin for 9days; Jimmy Leacey for 9days; Fred Forshaw for 48hrs. Bob Sharples (Hesketh Bank)

 
 

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