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World War 2 Newsletter
March 18th 1942

My dear Lads,
Mothering Sunday went off very well, but I missed so many of you who could have been present at the early Celebration had circumstances permitted. Nevertheless I was pleasantly surprised at the large number of men present at this service nearly all of them of course, fathers with their families. On Saturday next the Bishop of Blackburn administers the Sacrament of Confirmation in Tarleton Parish Church. I ask you to remember the girls and boys being confirmed in your prayers. And then think back to your own Confirmation, your own first Communion, the thronged Altar on Mothering Sunday when you were taking your Communion with some hundreds of your companions. Did those red letter days of old make no impression on you? Try and catch some of the inspiration of those halcyon days and thank God for the influence of home, and village Church and frequent Communions. Those were sheltered days, and now you are out in the wide world, tossed here and there, the very thought of them should form a sheet anchor in times of stress and temptation. God knows how much we need His help at the present time, and you and I are the ones, for we believe in Him and trust him, to invoke that help.
May your prayers mingle with mine before the Throne, ever your affectionate Brother,

Home Front News.
The little girl, Katherine, of Mr. and Mrs. Frankland, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, was knocked off her bicycle On Monday by a Ribble bus and was killed instantly. She was 7yrs old. Her little sister, aged 2 days, died just a fortnight ago. Mr. and Mrs. Hind have been officially informed that their son Lieut. Eric Hind is reported missing at Singapore. Nothing has so far been heard of John Tindsley or Jimmy Latham. Mr George Mawdsley, Fulwood Avenue, is very seriously ill with heart trouble. Night and day nurses in attendance. Bill Leadbetter better known as Bill Galloper, had his leg crushed in Johnson's (Banks) thresher, and is in Southport Infirmary with broken ankle. Fred Pearson is in Morecambe Infirmary with internal trouble. Jimmy Dandy’s (Hesketh Lane) wife has had a seizure. Lewis Clark has been called up and goes on Tuesday. Bonney's set up a record on Wednesday when they threshed 199 sacks of oats in a day. This did not include seconds. Martlands (Burscough) had a sale of spare farm implements on Thursday and some extremely high prices were reached for most of the tackle. The Banns were called on Sunday of William Lyon, Holmeswood, and Florence Penny of Mere Brow. They are to be married at Rufford. Quite a commotion in village because the W.L.R.D.C. has taken up all the railings and iron gates except those guarding the Council property at Water Tower and the Pinfold in the village, they took all the railing in front of British Legion Club adjoining Pinfold. Miss Alice Rowland was married on Saturday to Richard Townsley at the Methodist Chapel, Tarleton. Wedding very early in the morning as the happy couple had to catch Isle of Man boat where they are spending their honeymoon on Isle, not boat. John Caunce has been called up to the R.A.F., and goes to his station for the usual three days before final call up. Richard Fletcher (Dick) from the Co op goes for his medical this week. Boys of 16 are being enrolled as Police Messengers. They are provided with armlet, tin hat, macintosh and boots. The Registration of Youth’s Committee of which the rector is Chairman, has been asked to find a few recruits. Tarleton Lads' Football Team played an A.A. Battery Team on Saturday on Hesketh Bank football ground and lost 10 - 0. Mr. and Mrs. Nutter have received a photograph of Herbert taken with twenty two companions p-o-w. He is looking very well and says he is in a good camp. The rector has received a very nice silver printed card from Mr. and Mrs. John Maher, of Luton, Beds. requesting the pleasure of his company at the marriage of their daughter Constance with Sgt. Ernie Ball, at Holy Trinity Church, Tarleton on Sat. April 11th at 2.30 p.m. Sgt Nick Dewhurst Scots Guards is home on 10 days leave. LAC Bert Barron on weekend while waiting embarkation. AC Billy Molyneux for 7days.

Extracts from Letters.
Lieut. Arthur Croft sends by airgraph the following interesting facts. "A few lines to let you know that I am enjoying Army life in India, and am keeping fit. I want to thank you for the N.L. which is arriving regularly every week. The ones I am receiving at present have chased me all round England but nevertheless have turned up here - in fact the first "Blighty" mail I received was the N.L. I have already met 3 fellows from my last regiment out here it really is a small world isn't it? When I am allowed I shall send you a long letter giving more details of my voyage etc. I hope you received my Christmas Greetings to you." (The rector did receive these Greetings and thanks Arthur for them.) Two letters come by the same post from Seaman William Ball (Scoot) Moss Lane, the one dated "Sunday. Jan 4th 1942 and the other Wed. Jan. 21st 1942." The first one begins "Many thanks for the 20. N.Ls I received a few days ago; you see we received six months mail at once. I myself received aver 100 letters." He has been at sea for 6 months and says it seemed a lifetime. Goes on "We have just been to Church on the Upper deck, the Captain taking the Service. I received the N.L. telling the boys of my stay in New York. I only wish some of them could have a taste of it themselves. It was very nice. I have been to quite a few places since last leaving the sweetest little spot in the world. Enclosed you will find a snap of the statue of Christ on the top of one of the mountains overlooking Rio de Janeiro." The second letter begins "Just a few lines thanking you for the N.L.s I received on Tuesday. I don' t suppose that any of the boys have received any of theirs in the same circumstances; you see we received Mail at sea and miles and miles from land. I was one of the boats crew that had to transfer it from one ship to ours. One thing was the sea was pretty calm and I quite enjoyed the trip. Last year we steamed 79,000 miles and altogether I have travelled 130,000 miles since I joined this ship.” These are the most interesting items from six closely written pages. Gunner Dan. Stazicker begins his letter like this "I have a complaint to make; and it is this: On the day I left home after my last leave my mother said "It is no use me writing and giving you Tarleton news because you get it all in the N.L." I tell you this because I am more than thankful for the N.L. and Magazine which I receive very regularly. I am still billeted in the street with the very unusual name "Unthank Road". I still go to a place of worship Sunday by Sunday and make my Communions regularly." Says that the other Sunday he had to go to a nearby aerodrome to watch a demonstration of enemy bombers which had been captured, and there he found Fred Pollard. Says "It was grand to see someone from my own village, and I suppose Fred thought the same." Ends, "I wish to be remembered to all the Tarleton lads in the Forces, and especially to those serving overseas whose whereabouts are unknown except to God and themselves. Gunner Harry Harrison says that he is four miles from a village and, as there are no buses he has to walk. He is also 26 miles from "what a Tarleton soldier would call a ‘gradely town’ . Finishes by saying that "as it is now 9.45 p.m. and I have just finished my last job in the Officers Mess I will close by thanking you for my regular N.L. Adds as a P.S. "Our Luxury Ration: 35 cigarettes a week, a box of matches for 2 weeks, and a 2 1/2 block of chocolate a fortnight." Wishes to be remembered to all his pals and cousins. Sends special greetings to Bert Price and says to his brother in law Billy Benjamin 'Good Luck, Billy Boy." Cpl. Frank Foster in Middle East, says it makes him smile when he reads in the N.L. that some of the lads think it terrible to be about four or five miles from village, with only storm lamps at night, and good solid floors to sleep on. As we all know Frank, like his father shares with Mark Tapley the gift of being able to whistle all the more cheerfully the tighter the corner he finds himself in. With sand and flies in his food, very many miles from even the semblance of a village, and that a native one with no shops, and camels instead of buses he still goes merrily on. Says that he gets the N.L. regularly though the news is always somewhat stale. Dvr. Stanley Johnson says he has not had a day off for the last 8 weeks and is driving his waggon till all hours of the night. He does not see much of Jack Robinson now a days as Jack is at H.Q. looking after the Chaplin. Says that where he is it has been snow, and more snow, and then adds, “I like snow on picture post cards" Trooper Ralph Whiteside says that all being well he hopes to get nine days leave at Easter for his wedding. He especially asks to be remembered to Alf Rowland in the N.L. Adds that he has quite a lot of letters to write and sends his greetings to all his friends.

Just a Reminder.
Most of you have been so long in the Forces that you have settled down to a come a day, go a day, its all the same what ever you say kind of existence; you have made new friends and have gained new interests. There is, therefore, the great danger of your home life receding into the distant perspective. Do not let that be so, but let us stick together as a village community, a band of brothers at least until the end of the war. There are still some of the lads from whom I very rarely hear, others who used to write regularly and have now dropped off. The N.L. is an excellent way of keeping in touch with each other and getting the latest local news. So please do write and keep us all together. If you are hard up for postage stamps mention it in your letters and I will supply them. It is worth 2 1/2d to keep in touch with a friend.


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