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World War II newsletter
February 17th 1942

My dear Lads,
Here we are, right at the beginning of Lent and I know that you will expect me to do my duty and make my letter each week as helpful as I can from a purely spiritual point of view. On account of wartime conditions the Bishop of Blackburn has granted us, in Tarleton, permission to hold quiet social evenings, Hot pots etc. in the schools throughout Lent. What is the matter with this war is that so far we have relied too much upon externals, guns, aeroplanes, tanks etc., and have very largely left God out of account. It has often been the case of old, and it always brought disaster. Read Psalm 20, if you can get hold of a Prayer Book. It says "Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses; but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen; but we are risen and stand upright." You see even in those days they noticed it. Our cry must be "Our help is in the Name of the Lord“, and that means that we must find time to attend Church and especially to be present at Holy Communion. You all, every one of you, know my views, for I have certainly not hidden them. "Apart from Me", said our Saviour, "ye can do nothing", and that is absolutely true to day. So we must get back to God, learn to know Him and to love Him, and to Worship Him. Then, and not till then, shall we be safe.
Please shew this letter to your Chaplain and ask him to let you help him in his work of bringing men to Christ, the Rock of Ages. What a glorious contribution that would be towards winning the war. May God bless you all and bring you all closer to Him, Ever your affectionate friend,

News from the Home Front.
Dr. and Mrs. Croft have received official notification that their eldest son, Captain Fred Croft, R.A., who was previously reported missing in the battle in Lybia, on Nov.26th of last year, is now reported a prisoner of war. On Monday evening the Tarleton National Fire Service had a supper and social evening in the schools. The rector was invited but was unable to be present owing to indisposition. On Wednesday the local A.R.P. and their wives, had a hot pot supper at Garlick's when the rector was able to accept the kind invitation to be present. We congratulate Mr. Gilbert Marsden and his colleagues on an excellent evening. Present also were Mr. Higham, of Maghull, the area Chief Warden; Sergeant Saul, the new Police sergeant at Croston; Sergeant Forsyte, of Penwortham; P. C. Davis of H.B.; and P. C. Simpson of Tarleton and their wives. The large tar tank belonging to the W.L.R.D.C. used for spraying the roads caught fire at Mere Brow last week. Two fire engines stood by while it burnt itself out. No material damage was done. Mrs. Ball (nee Eva Sephton of Gorse Lane) who married a Banks man, had a little girl last week. Stanley Quinlan, R.A.F. was married on Saturday at Crossens to Betty Ainscough of that place. Betty is a cousin of Mrs. Harry Sutton of Haig Avenue. Roger Singleton, well known to all as a conductor on the H.M.S. busses is coming to live in one of Webster's Houses in Gorse Lane. Mr. and Mrs. Coates, who used to live in this house have gone back to Preston. The Mothers' Union held a dance in the schools on Friday evening in aid of their Comforts Fund. Mrs. Kerriush the mother of Sergeant Kerruish R.A.F., the airman who was killed night bombing over Germany, was taken suddenly ill on Tuesday and was rushed off to Preston Infirmary for an operation. She is still very ill. The Kerruish's lodge at Robert Bonney's (Cuerden Farm). Miss Lizzie Barron, Doctor's Lane, Sollom, underwent a serious operation in Southport Infirmary on Wednesday, and is still very seriously ill. It is Tarleton War Weapon Week, this week and we are out to raise £10,000. Will let you know the result when published. H.B. is also having its War Weapons week this week, so there will be same keen, if friendly, rivalry. Fred Forshaw's baby son was christened at Hoole Parish Church on Sunday by the rector of Hoole, the Rev. T. Watkins. The baby was given the names Ian, Godfrey, Houghton, and the rector of Tarleton was one of the Godfathers. The rector of Tarleton on Sunday christened the infant daughter of Pte and Mrs. Forrest (Nee Molly Burns) with the names Patricia Mary. Harry Forrest, of course, comes from Hoole and at present is with our Forces in the middle east. Jack Edmondson is marrying Beatrice Cookson of Hesketh Bank sometime within the next fortnight.

On Leave.
Harold Aspey, Dan Johnson (Banks), Edwin Johnson (Holmes),Robert Watson (Mere Brow), Dan Stazicker, Matt Farrington (Walmer Bridge), Tom Smith, Bob Sharples (Hesketh Bank), Stanley Quinlan, Harry Iddon, Tom Parkinson, Fred Forshaw, Robert Parkinson, Gerry Pendlebury, Tom Dandy (for week-end), Tom Rigby (Toll Bar), Tom Southworth, (Hesketh Lane).

Extracts from Letters.
Comes a letter from Malaya, from L/Cpl John Tindsley, dated Oct. 26th of last year and containing a Christmas card. He says "I am afraid that this will not be a long letter as I had the misfortune to fracture my right wrist whilst playing Rugger and I have still got it encased in plaster. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for faithfully sending the N.L. each week. Its coming is just like a ray of sunlight on a cold winter's day. Incidentally I wonder what a cold winter's day feels like these days. I have almost forgotten". Wishes to be remembered to all the boys. AC Tom Dandy writes to say that he is in a very large R.A.F. camp, and adds “the only trouble is that we are a long way from the nearest village, which is about 2 miles away". Says he starts at 6.30 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m. Dvr Jack Robinson says that George Formby visited his Unit but he did not get to speak to him; but when Peggy Carlisle, one of the Carlisle sisters of wireless fame, visited his Unit he did get to speak to her and she kindly put her autograph on the back of one of his photographs. Says he has a lot of good mates, but has not yet seen Tom Spencer. Wishes to be remembered to all the lads away and thanks all those good people of Tarleton who are working so hard for them. Pte Ronnie Johnson writes to say that he is on an eight weeks' specialist course on motors and so he will not get any leave until he has finished it. Wishes to thank the M.U., the B.L., and others for all they are doing for the lads. Also sends his best wishes to his brother and all other Tarleton lads in the Forces. AC Will Clee (Kearsley Avenue,) has now gone to another camp which he says is four miles from the nearest station. Adds "Concerts, dances, boxing, and an occasional film we have in camp, which helps to keep our spirits up." Says he was in Liverpool last week visiting his father and mother. Ends "I would like to be remembered to Alf Rowland, Tom Harrison, and Garrard Pendlebury, all through the N.L." An Airgraph from Trooper Ted Barnish saying "we are resting after spending months up in the desert, and, as you will already have heard, have had a few encounters with Jerry." Says that the N.Ls are now few and far between and thinks a good many are at the bottom of the sea. However, some do get through and he says "I smile when I read that the boys at home say they are lonely when only three or four miles from the nearest village. I wonder what they would feel like if they were like us 800 miles from one. Sends his best wishes to all his friends. George Spencer, who is on munitions, says he is on a new job driving a van. Has been to Slough and Guildford and enjoyed the latter drive over the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Says he hopes to be married on Easter Saturday. Ends "I would like to be remembered through the N.L. to my Bible Class mates who used to go to the Toll Bar on Sunday afternoons in the good old times." Marine Kenneth Nicholson who is with his ship in a very distant part of the world writes on November 12th 1941, to say that his August mail has just reached him. Says "We, out here, are making the best of the war and are all looking forward to the time when we shall set foot in England. Wishes to congratulate Harry Iddon on joining the first Regiment in the world (the Marines). Says "We did a march past the other day and our Captain said we were excellent. We gave them an idea of what a soldier should look like. We have been able to get a little sport in since we have been in harbour. It gives everyone a change and breaks the monotony." Thanks the ladies of the B.L. and the M.U. for doing so much to make things better for the Lads away and says he hopes their efforts will be rewarded by a speedy victory. Sergeant Nick Dewhurst says that he is sorry to hear that the rector has been ill but is sure that he will very soon be perfectly fit "because you are under the observation of a very fine gentleman" (Dr.Lawrence Croft). Goes on "No doubt you will see that I have gone up another stage, and I must say that the higher you go in the Guards the more they expect, but once a Guardsman always a Guardsman". We congratulate the Sergeant on his well deserved promotion. Says he is teaching a party of N.C.Os from other units and adds "the more I see them the more I think of what my Company Sergeant Major the first few days when he was taking us in drill said "Bigger men I have seen, but better never." Trooper Ralph Whitehead writes to say he hopes to be married (at Tarleton) on Easter Monday. More or less a private letter so more extracts cannot be given. Pte Ken Robshaw is still in hospital and says “what a grand lot of nurses we have, and how well they look after us". Says that he has had no snow where he is but it is very cold. Wishes to be remembered to all the lads he knows and hopes that the rector is now better. O/S Dick Burns R.N. has now moved but says his N.Ls have been forwarded to him. Suggests that it might help the rector to recover if he dropped the N.L. for one week, but adds "but don't stop it altogether because if you were to do that Heaven knows what we would do, as I and many more lads would never know what was going on in Tarleton”. Ends "Please remember me to all my brothers in the Forces, Jim, R. A. S. C., M.E.F. Tom, R. A. S. C. (Dunkirk Hero), George, Irish Guards; and brothers-in-law, George West Tank Corps, Harry Forrest,Signals M.E.F., and all my Friends on Active Service.


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