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World War II newsletter
March 12th 1942

My dear Lads,
My first words this week must be a reminder that next Sunday will be Mothering Sunday, and for all those who were confirmed in Tarleton the anniversary of your first Communion. As you know on that day we normally have about 300 Communicants at the 8 o’clock service, but with so many lads away for they formed a large percentage of the congregation, I do not expect such large numbers this year: However I have asked all parents and friends to be present at 8 a.m, and now I am asking you to make a point of being present at Holy Communion on Sunday so that we may still be found as complete families at the Alter.
Remember there is no space or time with God, and remember also that our Lord Jesus Christ has said “Whosoever eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him.” So if you go, and your loved ones at home also go to Holy Communion on Sunday we shall all meet in the sacred Heart of Jesus, as complete families; and can you possibly think of a better place in which to meet? So see your Chaplain or Vicar and ask him the time of the early Communion; then go yourself and pray for your loved ones at home, as they too will be praying for you.
With my love and my blessing, ever your affectionate Padre,

Home Front News.
O/S Tom Spencer, R.N. has sailed to where the artic winds do blow, do blow. Here he will find O/S George Moss, of Hoole, nephew of Harry Moss who works at Mellings. Bob Barron Hesketh Lane and Robert Bond of Mere Brow have been called up. Mr. Robert Iddon, Hesketh Lane, was taken to Preston Infirmary last week. His son, Marine Harry Iddon got short leave to come and see him. He is still under observation. Mr. Sephton who was the Schoolmaster at Bretherton is in Java as R.A.F. Instructor at least he was there when last heard of. Jack Edmondson (Chip Shop) who was married last week at the H.B. Methodist Chapel to Beatrice Cookson of H.B. has been called up for the R.A.F. He went on Tuesday. We are told that lettuce is now fetching 4/ . Banns were called for the first time on Sunday of the forthcoming marriages. Sgt. Ernie Ball to Constance Maher of Luton; and Ralph Whitehead to Mary Edmondson. Both couples are being married at Easter. The local Tarleton football team played Bank Hall on the Council School playing field on Saturday and won 5 - 2. The W.V.S. at Hoole held a Dance and made £30. They gave £10 each to Red Cross; Preston Station Buffet; Preston Infirmary.

The following have been or are on leave; Hugh Rowland (48 hrs.); John Wright; Harry Latham (10 days); Jack Marsden; Bert Price; George Burns; LAC Billy Benjamin; Harry Iddon (see above). Mr. Penn has now recovered and is back at the organ. Mr. Worth is also out of hospital and has commenced his duties as Verger and School caretaker. Home Guard had night operations on Monday. The County Council Scholarship examination was held on Saturday. The British Legion Women’s Section held a Jumble Sale on Saturday in the Club Room and raised £30 for their Comforts' Fund. The Church has gone to 6.30 evensong on Sundays instead of 3 o'clock as during blackout. John Webster is confined to bed with a split lung caused through lifting heavy articles, The W.L.R.D.C. has been all round Tarleton taking up railings and iron gates, with or without leave. In many cases it is an improvement, but in others it is a mess. Sapper Dick Gabbot out in the middle east has written home to say that he has met Marine Leslie Hodson who is also out there. Mr. Nicholson (Kearsley Avenue) is in the next bed but one in the Brown Ward in Preston Infirmary to Mr. Robert Iddon. The Rector been called to enquire whether it is possible to form a unit of Sea Cadets in Tarleton. With the Canal, the Douglas and the Ribble on our doorstep it might be feasible. Members of the local N.F.S. practising on canal bank nearly lost one of their number. (No names no pack drill) but this man was standing on the bank with the hose pipe twisted beside him when the motorman suddenly started the engine; the pipe straightened out,caught the man and threw him into the middle of the canal. Beyond a good ducking he suffered no harm.

Extracts from Letters.
Sapper Dick Johnson sends an interesting letter from the middle east. Says that in spite of the fact that so many Tarleton lads are out there he has not come across a single one. Has been out in the desert in the thick of the fighting, with Stukas hailing down bombs. His letter, dated 16.2.42 says, "A few days ago I received one of the N.Ls dated November and it was the most recent one I have received. We had a Christmas dinner after all, just a month late, but that did not spoil it any. " Adds that the weather is beginning to get warmer and in a few more weeks it will be summer out there. Promises to write again in a week or so. Pte. Matt. Sutton writes from Basrah to let the rector know that he has arrived at his destination after a really splendid voyage. Says "I enjoyed 4 days leave ashore at a well known port on my way out. I think it is the same port at which nearly all our boys have called. The people were wonderful; nothing was too good for us. I have often read reports about it in the N.L. and I now know how true these reports were. I have not received any mail yet since I left home but I hope to get some any day now and I shall be glad when I receive the N.L. again. I have missed it, I can tell you. We are on the desert here and it is rather hot." LAC Robert Moss writes once again after a few weeks of silence. Says "during the past fortnight I have done little flying on account of the weather" Goes on "I was very pleased to hear about Stan Quinlan getting married for I know him very well in fact his wife too, when we lived at Churchtown several years ago. This news, as you may guess, I read in the N.L., so you can see that they are 'really and truly news letters'. I enjoy reading every word of them, they cheer one up so much, especially when one is away from home. My pals like to read them also and they think they are fine." He hopes to be on leave on April 13th. ACW Eva Foulds, R.A.F. writes to say "I have been in the W.A.A.Fs now three months, and I like it very much. I have finished my training as a cook. We have Church Parades on Sunday mornings, and I go." Says she has been to four R.A.F. stations since she joined. Hopes to get her first real leave on April 4th. Pte. J. Power (Hesketh Bank sends a neat typewritten letter. Says, "I am wondering if you could please see that my name is spelt correctly on the envelope which contains the N.L. Adds that there is a lot of skating where he is and they are getting up a competition and hopes that his company will come out ‘top dog.' Goes on "This is only a small town and entertainments are the seventh wonder in the town, so it is up to us to find our own amusements and give others a treat as well." Wishes to be remembered to all his friends from H.B. particularly to Wm. Melling serving in the R.N. AC Tom Parkinson R.A.F. makes this comment in his letter with reference to our War Weapons Week "I see from the N.L. that there is plenty of money in Tarleton yet, and the weapons’ week was a great success. But it seems funny to me that all that money can be found for fighting with, and when it comes to a special cause for our Church or Schools it is hard work to raise enough although these causes are actually doing God's work. We seem to have got upside down in the world at present." These are very true words and we might all take them to heart. He wishes to be remembered to all the lads of the village and to his Sunday School class, and says that he is always glad to receive the N.L. because it keeps him in touch with the life of the village. O/S Dick Burns R.N. says that he has got good biIlets and only wishes that he could stay in them until the end of the war. Adds that he is very busy and says "it will give you some idea if I tell you that I have about 4 hours every day with the notes I have taken down, But should I be successful in passing this course it will mean a lot more money for my wife and baby, so it is up to me." Says that they have to draw from the Company Office the landlady's billeting money, get her to sign the receipt and take it back to H.Q.Office and, he goes on "if it is not in at a certain time I need not tell you what happens. Well, the other day one lad asked his Lieut.C.O. if he would mind taking this paper as he was going to H.Q. and the Lieut C.O. replied ’ fancy a man in my position running messenger for you, but give it here, I will take it." Dvr Tommy Burns R.A.M.C. writes from his hospital in---where he is a patient to say that he does not know when he will get out, although he is quite well in himself (he sprained his foot playing soccer). Says, in reference to being called a "Dunkirk Hero" in a recent N.L. "I’ve never mentioned this before but our Coy. was recommended by Lord Gort on the work we did, and how we got the patients to the hospital boat under fire all the time. We received a telegram from Lord Gort and from the War Office to say jolly fine work." Goes on "It would be better to stop the daily newspapers than your N.L., as it is more important than any daily paper." A very nice letter comes by air mail from Cpl. Harry Forrest who is in the M.E. but the censor has made windows in it with his scissors. In one place he says "I have found out where Jim Burns is, he is further South by about (window) miles." In another place he says "We are (here is a whole line cut out with the scissors) in this country, but there is not any fighting at all, as it was all cleared up some time ago. All I can say is this that as far as we have gone we are lucky as regards fighting, But I must not say too much or we may be up to the neck in it. We are under canvas and are repeatedly told to "take up our bed and walk:" The only friends we have got out here are the camel and the donkey as they are the only means of transport for the natives. Most of this country reminds me of the Bible and the Scripture lessons I had at school when I was at Hoole“.


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