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World War II Newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
March 24th 1942

My dear Lads,
The Confirmation went off very well; but how I missed my elder Servers! All things considered the younger ones did extremely well, especially considering that this was the first big Service for most of them. But I shall, indeed, be thankful when the older ones get back, for they certainly did relieve me of so many responsibilities on such occasions as this. The Bishop took as his text “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?", spoken by St. Paul at the moment of his conversion. A very good text for each one of us at the present crisis. There must be a good many of you who have need to ask the same question. It is obvious to all that after the War the whole world outlook will have to be constructed, and every man will have to play his part in that reconstruction. And God looks to the Christian men to see that it is reconstructed on a Christian basis. What will your part be in this great work? Ask God, again and again in your prayers "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" and then set about and prepare yourselves, and make yourselves efficient to do that work. And remember, work for God means spiritual efficiency, not necessarily mental, bodily, or business efficiency, but most necessarily Spiritual efficiency.
Ever, as you know, your eager fellow worker, L.N.FORSE.

Home Front News.
Mr. and Mrs. Hind have received a cablegram from Eric, who was at Singapore when the garrison surrendered saying "Safe and well, will send address later." Nothing more than that, but it is obvious that he has escaped as cablegrams cannot be sent from enemy occupied countries. There was no sign of the place from which the cablegram was sent. John Tindsley has been officially reported missing and so has Harry Monk, of Bretherton, who married May Twist, off the Moss. Both were in Singapore. Also nothing has yet been heard of Jimmy Latham who was also there. When last heard of Billy Stringfellow, of H.B. was on the Exeter, which went down near Java. Malcolm Parkinson, Moss Lane, has been home on embarkation leave. He is a Cadet in the R A.F., training for a Pilot Officer, and is going to Canada to complete his training. Harry Latham is also home on embarkation leave. Lewis Clark joined up this week. Mr. George Mawdsley, Fulwood Avenue, died on Tuesday, and was buried at Tarleton. He was 67 years of age. Everyone on the Moss, and many elsewhere in the, village, are busy planting lettuces. The Confirmation on Saturday went off very well, and very reverently, there were 30 Candidates from Tarleton, 6 from H.B. and 11 from Hoole. Mr. Thorn and Mr. Watkins came with their Candidates. We missed the elder servers, but the younger one did their jobs very well, John Webster and Tom Dickinson were the Bishop’s attendants, John Caunce carried the processional Cross in the Bishop’s procession and John Spencer the Cross in the Choir procession. Tom Forshaw and Arnold Bailey were the rector's attendants and Mr. William Hind was the M.C. The Bishop gave a most helpful address to the Children, and after the Service came into the School and sat down with them to a cup of tea and a bun. The Banns were published for the first time an Sunday of the Marriage of Harry Cookson to Sarah Harrison. They are to be married on April 18th. On Wednesday the rector attended a meeting of Army Chaplains at Whalley Abbey. Both Army and R.A.F. Chaplains were present and the Bishop of Blackburn presided over the Conference. The D.A.C.G. and the corresponding brass hat of the R.A.F. were also present. Sergeant Nick Dewhurst, Scots Guards, home on leave looked very smart with crossed rifles on his sleeve to denote that he is a qualified Instructor in the use of that weapon. He also had the new short bayonet on his belt. His chief job now-a-days is instructing new recruits. The rector had to rush home, to Windsor, or near it, on Monday because his sister was ill, and she looks after his father who is 92 years old. So he had to arrange for someone else to be in charge of the house. So far none of the railings round the Church or Schools, or the old Church gates have been taken. The ladies of Tarleton registered at the Methodist Chapel on Saturday in their age group. As one lady told the rector it was like having her age writ in large letters on a placard on her back, as she walked along Church road to the Chapel. Never again can she pretend she is still in her twenties. We dare not even whisper who registered.

Extracts from Letters.
Corpl Jimmy Burns, R. A. S. C., sends an airgraph from the middle east. It begins: "Many thanks for the N.Ls. When I got in yesterday I found six on my bed. They were all in order from Nov. to Dec. Well by the N,Ls I see that the lads keep coming out from home to the M.E. They could have a much worse place than this. I want to stay here until they say 'Home James‘. I saw Dick Sephton yesterday and had a good chat about old times in Tarleton. I wish to be remembered to all the lads at home and away." Signs himself "Old Jim". His airgaph was dated 21 2 42. Also comes an airgraph from Pte George Almond, dated 19 2 42,and begins "Yesterday I received five more of your very interesting N.Ls. Where we are, and have been for some time, we do not get the services of a Chaplain, but that does not deter us from holding our little Services each Sunday. Several of us take it in turns in taking the Services and we derive great spiritual help from them. You can be sure that what you are doing for us lads is greatly appreciated. I am hoping to go into the Delta on leave shortly and it will be a grand change from desert life it is now some four months since I saw civilization. It will be a joy to have a real bath instead of the petrol tin type". Sends best wishes to all the lads. Provost Sergeant Jimmy Leacy C.M.P. says "'My time has been taken up very much by instructional work, much of this in addition to normal duties. I have also been helping to run a number of indoor sports tournaments ,and other entertainments. As soon as Easter is over I have to go on a three weeks course. By the way I have still to come across another N.L. like yours. I believe it is unique, and, if I may say so, does you great credit," Says that he hoes that good news will soon arrive about our friends who are in the Far East, and ends by saying "To my pals, via the N.L. Good Luck". Pte Harry Cookson, who is in the semi-arctic regions, not far from the North Pole writes: It is very quiet here but we can get to Church almost every Sunday and we look forward to it. You may have heard people talking about me getting married in the near future, and I am glad to say that they are quite correct." He asks the rector to make all arrangements at this end. Ends his letter "I will thank you once again for all you do for us, sir, while we are away, and will you please remember me to Sergt. Jimmy Leacy and Sergt. Ernie Ball?". Dvr. Jack Robinson, who is overseas, says he is very glad that his cousin Vera (Iddon) is enjoying life in the W.A.A.Fs, and wishes to be remembered to her. Goes on "I am having a night in tonight and have done nothing else only write letters since six o’clock. Well, sir, we have a Toc H. here and the padre has been chosen as Toc H. Padre. We have some very good nights. The A.C.G. gave us a very good talk on the history of Toc H. and where it was first started and all about Woodbine Willie. I was very sorry to hear about Mrs. Whittle and send my deepest sympathy to all those who will miss her. I am enjoying Army life, and the friends that I have made over here are very good to me. Just remember me to all the lads away from home, and especially those in the Far East. Gunner John Ball writes: As you will see by my address, I am now back on the gun-site. We only get half a day off every eight days. I get the N.L. every week and all my mates here want to read it. Last Monday our Division was on the Wireless in the Broadcast called Ac.Ac.; Beer,Beer, but we did not hear it as our set has gone away to be repaired. There are rumours that we are moving again shortly. Ends his letter thus "I would like to be remembered through the N.L. to all the other lads who are in the Forces and hope to hear that those who were at Singapore are safe." Seaman William Ball, R.N. says "I have just been to Church as we hold Church every Sunday and prayers every morning. on Friday we held it on the upper deck as the weather is lovely and warm down this way. We have been at sea three weeks and hope to arrive in port in a weeks time. I have been to this port quite a few times so I know what to expect. There is very little to see except a few natives and they are not such a nice sight. But then I suppose that I have been spoiled after spending five weeks in the States, and five days in the finest city in the world New York. Last week we had a practice shoot which caused quite a din, but I had plenty of cotton wool stuffed in my ears. I was also away in the boarding boat.” Marine Kenneth Nicholson, who writes from some thousand miles away in the tropics, sends a very much censored letter. The scissors have been freely used and it arrived almost in shreds. Says of the N.L. "The way you ferret the news out makes me think you would make a good third degree expert of the American police.” Later says: "I would be grateful if you would let me have the addresses of Stan Quinlan and Hugh Rowland. Give my best wishes to them and to all the boys wherever they are. I have looked at the sea so long that I look like it and I hope that soon we will visit
a decent port, but from what I can make out we are in for a long time at sea.”

 
 

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