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World War II newsletter
January 16th 1942

My dear Lads,
It has given me great satisfaction to receive so many letters showing how much you all appreciate the great loss to the Church in general and to myself personally that has been sustained by the death of Mr. Fred Webster. He really is irreplaceable, and until you all come home and take up parts of the many functions he performed, my burden will, indeed, be heavy. That I should be able to look to you in the future is evidenced by the letter I received from the Bishop of Gambia (West Africa) of which I wrote to you last week. He says "It would do your heart good to see how many young Englishmen in the Forces come voluntarily to our African Services. Not that the services are especially for Africans but, until the war brought English Churchmen out, we never had any but Africans present. Their regular, keen attendances at our Services give very great joy to my African Christians, and are a wonderful witness to the Mohammedans. They are real missionaries and I am most heartily grateful." The Bishop wrote to me because he wanted all to know the great help Dick Rymer and his brother Officers had rendered him in his work. I am indeed proud of my lads for I am continually hearing from their Chaplains of the help they render. It considerably helps me to bear my many burdens.
With my love and all my pride, ever your grateful friend, L.N.FORSE.

P.C.Robert Davies, of Hesketh Bank, has received the King's Police Medal for gallantry, in recognition of his rescue of George Dawson, a Croston labourer, who was overcome by gas while working down a 12 ft sewer manhole in Town Road, Croston, last August. P.C. Thomas Simpson, of Tarleton, was married on Monday and has returned with his wife to Tarleton. Mr. James Iddon, Hesketh Bank's oldest inhabitant, died last week aged 90 years. A nearby A.A. Unit has challenged our Home Guard football team to a match. Over 100 guests were invited to the wedding of Margaret Coulton, Green Lane Farm, Sollom, to Raymond Ivison Golifar, of H.B. Tom Parkinson, who is in the R.A.F. was home for 48 hrs last Sunday. Went for bus at Cock and Bottle on his return, found it was not running, rector's car was out, so he could not get to Preston for last train. Rector rang up his Orderly Room and made matters right, and he returned first train next morning. Owing to buses not running quite a lot of people were stranded and many came to Rectory to ask to ring up anxious relatives. Some stayed in Tarleton all night. The rector gave the Sunday School children their prizes during Evensong on Sunday afternoon. Dick Burn's baby was christened on Sunday with the names Patricia Mary. The Navy gave him leave for the occasion. Annual meeting of the British Legion, Tarleton Branch on Monday last. The rector was elected Chairman for the 11th year in succession. With all the lads, the chief patrons of the Club, away, it has fallen on thin years, so the rector is making a public appeal for help to carry on till the boys come home. Jimmy Hulton of Fulwood Avenue, who was a premium apprentice at the Leyland Motor works was killed at 7.30 on Monday morning while motor cycling to Leyland. He ran into the back of a stationary Army lorry. He was 21years of age. He was the Armourer and Corporal of the Signals of the Home Guard. He was buried at Tarleton on Thursday. A detachment of 50 local Home Guard, under Captain Dean, formed a Guard of Honour at New Church where the Service was held. Fellow premium apprentices from Leyland were bearers from the house to the Church, then the H.G. took over this duty. Mr.Thomas Robshaw, Doctor's Lane, Sollom, died on Tuesday. He is to be buried at Tarleton on Saturday. The rector telegraphed Kenneth's C.O. for compassionate leave, got it, but Kenneth was in military hospital. Frank Croft, third son of Dr. and Mrs. Croft was married on Thursday at Bradford. Commander John Caunce, Hesketh Lane, is home on short leave. Corporal Michel Gicquel,of the Free French Forces, has been promoted to the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant. We congratulate him upon his rapid promotion. There was a Home Guard dance in Conservative Hall on Tuesday evening. Sergeant Withers, who was Sergeant Ernie Ball’s Q.M.S. when he joined the R.A.S.C. in 1940, has been staying with Mr. and Mrs.Ball in Gorse Lane, convalescing after a long spell in a military hospital in the N. W. During his visit to Tarleton he put on 11 lb. in weight. He had been discharged from Army owing to his health before he came to Tarleton.

L/ Cpl Fred Forshaw for 7 days. A.C.Billy Molyneux for 7 days. Gdsn Jack Moss for 7 days. Dvr. Tom Harrison for 7 days. Dvr. Billy Harrison has just returned to duty "over the water” after 14 days leave with three extra days for travelling. Sapper Norman Barron for 7 days. Dvr Harry Cookson for 7 days. Dvr. John Ball for 7 days. Dvr Tommy Burns for 7 days. A.B. Dick Burns, R.N. for 48 hrs. Pte Tom Fazackerley for 7 days. Sapper Hugh Rowland for 7 days. Pte Arthur Harrison for seven days. Sergeant Ernie Ball for seven days. George Spencer for week end.

Corpl Jimmy Burns sends a long letter, with a good photo enclosed, from the Middle East. Says the N.Ls keep getting through to him, and he had five all together on the day he wrote. Says that he sees in the N.L. the title "On Leave", and goes on "What does this word mean. I have been out here a year and two months and have had no leave, so have quite forgotten its meaning.'' He then goes on "but, as we all do who come from Tarleton we keep on smiling." Ends by saying that he cannot get to Church on Sundays as they work all day. Says his Chaplain is seeing the O.C. about it adding "I hope and pray he does as it is a long time since I missed Church like this, but the Chaplain says that if he can do nothing he will go back home." Dvr Walter Moss writes from aboard ship a very long way from England. Says "I have at last found time to write, although heaven knows what I am going to say.” In spite of this he writes a long letter full of interest. At a port of call he was done handsomely by the inhabitants. "A marvellous time, the people were absolutely wonderful to us, they invited us to their houses, fed us, took us for rides and gave us the best of everything.” Says that he is writing his letters with no shirt on, no socks, just a pair of shorts, and "sweating my brains out", while I can picture people in England crowding round the fire because it is so very cold. Ends "You can tell my people at home that I am O.K. and that they have absolutely nothing to worry about." Provost Sergeant Michel Gicquel, Free French Forces says "Pour la seconde frois, j’ai l’honneur de vous faire part de ma nouvelle promotion au grade de sergeant, ainsi que mon affectation a la police militataire”. All of which means to the uninitiated that he has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Military Police, but whether or not he wears a “red cap" as a member of Free French Forces we cannot say. Ends his interesting letter `J' espere vous rendre visite au cours de cette permission. Recevez, Monsieur, mes salutations le plus distinguez." Which in plain English means that he hopes to pay the rector a personal visit on his forthcoming leave, and sends him his best respects. Aircraftsman Tom Smith says "Standing in the Slipstream of a 1,000 h.p. aircraft is no joke on a frosty day. I would prefer sitting in front of a large fire toasting my shins, with a large cup of coffee at my elbow. But then, I am a man of simple taste. “ Says he is approaching the end of his course and that means he will have to part company with his pals who have been with him since July and this he will be most sorry to do. Soliloquizes thus "Going out to a Squadron without my friends will be like opening a door and not knowing what is on the other side." Says that he sends his N,Ls home so that his home folk can find out what is happening in Tarleton. Pte. Robert Parkinson, R.A.C.C. who has recently joined up says "I can't grumble at this camp, we have plenty to eat and we finish at 4p.m.” Adds that he is keeping quite fit and hopes that we have a better Church Choir by the time he comes back after the war. After five week’s training his lot get seven day’s leave which as he says "is not so bad". W.A.A.F. Vera Iddon says she is with a very big balloon training centre and has to go to school for eleven weeks; but it is all very interesting and she does not mind going back to school. Wishes to be remembered to her brother-in-law Pte Arthur Harrison, and also to A/C Walter Rawsthorne in Canada. Asks for the N.L. to be sent regularly. Also says "It is Church Parade in the morning and my thoughts are always at Tarleton during the Service." Adds that she is doing fine in the W.A.A.Fs, and feels that she is ‘doing her bit’ to help the war, which as she says ‘can’t last for ever.’ Last, but by no means least, comes a letter from Dvr.Jack Robinson who is overseas saying that he had a glorious Christmas and New year visiting some good friends he has made and going to parties. Had a busy Christmas morning taking the Padre to four different camps. Says "It was great, and after he had finished and I had got him back to our own camp he gave me two days off. He is very good to me, I must say, and he also wishes to be remembered to you, sir." The rector through the N.L. sends Jack's Padre the very best of good wishes for the New Year, and is very proud to find one of his own lads so well thought of.


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