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World War II Newsletter
April 2nd 1942

My dear Lads,
Easter, the Queen of Feasts. As most of you know the Church has always laid down the rule that everyone must make his or her Communion on Easter Day. I ask you therefore to make sure of the times when Holy Communion will be celebrated and to attend this Holy Service. Whether you are billeted in town or village or camp you will, undoubtedly find that this Service is being held. Ask the Vicar, or Rector or Chaplain about the time and be sure and go. Remember that on the very first Easter Day the two disciples recognised our Lord in ”the breaking of Bread.” They had walked with Him, talked to Him, but it was not until He broke the Bread that they know Him. So since then, it has ever been. We get to know the Master best by frequent attendance at "the breaking of Bread." We, at home will be at the Altar on Easter Day, remembering you before the Throne, join us, and be at your Altar remembering us and your village pals wherever they may be. We can get very close to each other at this Service. And don't forget to thank God for the resurrection and all it implies, and also the inestimable gift of the Blessed Sacrament.
With every good Easter wish and prayer, and with every blessing I am able to bestow,
ever your affectionate brother,

Home Front News.
We regret having to record that Mrs. Latham has been officially informed that her son Jimmy (Kearsly Ave.) is missing, and that the parents of Sgt. Jack Bourn of Rufford have also received official intimation that Jack is missing. Both were at Singapore. Mrs. Heywood of Kearsley Ave., sister of Mrs. Pendlebury, has also been notified that her eldest son, a regular soldier who has been at Singapore for many years, and has never been to Tarleton, is also amongst the missing. Mrs. John Bamford, Fermor Rd., had a son last week. Harry Lathom has been home on embarkation leave. Jimmy Swift, R. A.F.. (married Agnes Rigby) is also going overseas almost at once. The rector went home by the first train on Monday morning and returned to Tarleton on Wed. Night. Saw his aged father, and sister who is ill; called on a Battalion of the Guards and saw Aubrey Smith. Agnes Spencer, Mary Baybutt and Velma Sutton, got up a concert party with several other little girls, and one very small boy, Robert Bridge, of Sollom, and gave a really excellent entertainment in the Infant Room at School on Saturday afternoon. All the mothers and their children came, as a result they made £6.13.01/2d which they very kindly gave to the rector towards the cost of the News Letter. All the lads away ought to thank them for this. On the National Day of Intercession last Sunday all the local National Services attended the Parish Church at 10.30 a.m. Being Palm Sunday the Day School children conducted their own service in the afternoon as usual. Peter Pownall and Stanley Glover read the Lessons and Walter Turner (Liverpool evacuee living with John Whittle) said the prayers. The children sang the whole service beautifully. The rector has now 8 weddings to take during Easter Week. The Doctor having forbidden Mr. Worth our newly appointed Sexton, Verger and School caretaker, to dig graves he has resigned and Mr. Harry Dickinson (Plox Brow) has been appointed in his place. The Tarleton Football Team, composed of youths, beat Longton on Sat. 2-1 on the Recreation Field. Mr. Nicholson (Kearsley Ave.) who is now convalescent has gone to the Willows, and Mr. Robert Iddon, (Hesketh Lane) has had his operation and is doing well. Dick Blundell, Johnson’s Lane, has had his medical and is waiting to be called up. Jimmy Swift, (see above), has won the Heavy Weight Championship of his Squadron, for Boxing. It was an inter Squadron competition. He was presented with a very nice silver medal with Squadron crest in enamel. Mr. John Barron is giving up the Post Office and it is being taken over by Mr. John Hunter who is moving it to his house in Blackgate Lane. His son George is being discharged from the Army owing to ill health and, being used to clerical work, will help his father in the Post Office. Dick Harrison went overseas 22 weeks ago and not a single word has been heard of him or from him since.

Extracts from Letters.
Cpl. Frank Foster sends an air Mail letter beginning "Thank you for about half a dozen N.Ls and a couple of Magazines, all of which arrived within the past fortnight." Goes on "Life is absolutely deadly... Do I sound rather fed up? As a matter of fact I am in the pink, still cheerful, still in good health (despite the grub), life won't get me down, sir. Whoever heard of an old soldier, even a simple one from the country, who could not look after himself." Dvr. Harley McKean writes "Here I am on the high seas. We have had a good trip so far and the weather by the way is very hot. So far the trip has been very interesting, and I believe we have actually seen nothing yet. I am hoping to receive the N.Ls regularly, sir, I miss them a lot. Please remember me to all the boys." Sapper Dick Johnson, who has been out in the east a long time now, writes "At present we are living under better conditions than when I last wrote to you, which makes quite a welcome change. Though some of the Tarleton lads are in this district I have not met any of them yet. This Christmas was not spent under any too good conditions though it could not be avoided, and, if I maybe permitted to say so Bully and Biscuits do not make an ideal Christmas dinner. Looking through the N.Ls it looks as though not many lads are left in Tarleton. I have received your N.Ls up to date. "' Dvr. Dick Sephton (Rufford) writes from the M.E.F. by Airgraph. Says "Just a few lines to thank you for the N.Ls. Until today I thought that they must have been getting lost, but I received six at once to day. The latest one was 3rd Dec. I hope that you will remember me to Ernie Ball and William Bridge and tell them not to get caught in a draft out here at any rate. Well, sir, it is a long time since I went to a Church service as we are very busy every day. A Chaplain did once try services in camp at 6.30 on Sunday mornings, but as most of us were out well before that time it fell through." Trooper Harry Devitt writes. "I am now somewhere on the sea. This is a lovely boat and the food is good so we have much to be thankful for. Many of the men have been sea sick, and I have been so near it that I think it would have been a relief, but now we have all got over that, and we are enjoying life and developing enormous appetites. I suppose that the N.Ls will catch us up some day together with letters from home, and a welcome day that will be, I can assure you. Will you please send my kind regards through the N.L. to all my friends and acquaintances in the Forces and at home, who seem to be scattered now all over the world. I will write again when I get the chance. L.A.C. Yorrie Davies R.A.F. (Mr. Davies the schoolmaster the came to Tarleton with the Liverpool evacuees), writes from Canada. "I take up my pen to thank you for the N.Ls. They come with consistent regularity. In your extracts from the lads I have often seen it quoted that a local newspaper would not achieve better results and I heartily re-echo these sentiments. At present I am on an Astro Navigation course. This Astro course is a very comprehensive one, in which we learn to navigate by the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planets. Whereas of yore the stars were just twinkling lights in the heavens to me, now they have assumed names, positions etc: It makes me marvel at the minds of the mathematicians who have been able to arrive at the many conclusions, tables etc. I have just two more weeks to do here and then move on to for six weeks’ Bombing and Gunnery course. We do quite a lot of night flying. I finished my first course with an average of 80% so was quite satisfied. We have a Padre on the station who takes an active interest in life in general. Tonight I an going to a St. David’s Day Banquet in Hamilton. I am going along with my friends who emigrated from my home town Abergele, fourteen years ago. It will be quite a gathering of the clans.” A.B. William Ball (Scoot) writes from his ship "I was sorry to hear, from the N.L. of the death Mr. Fred Webster. He was a friend of mine, I am sure his death will be a great loss to the village. Sir, you certainly get all the local news, and we get more from the N.L. than from our own folk. I suppose they think that small events won't be of any interest to us boys, but to us it is home, sweet home. It is nearly nine months since I was last home. I am longing to get home once more and see the Old Village. At the moment we are at sea under the tropical sun and it is very warm, too warm at times. W.A.A.F. Eva Foulds, who is a cook and confectioner at an R.A.F. Station, writes " I enjoy reading your N.Ls. To know all the news of Tarleton and nearby villages is certainly grand. I will send you my photo when my mother sends than to me. I won' t get home for Easter as I expected, as all Easter leave is stopped. We have Church Parades on Sunday mornings, but I have generally to work as there are always new recruits coming in and they all want feeding When you write to the boys please remember me to them, and tell them that I hope that they are all well and not downhearted.” Gunner Bob Barron (Hesketh Lane) who joined up 10 days ago writes. "Please accept this short letter to let you know my address for the N.L. which I shall be very grateful to receive. I am getting along with a good spirit in my New Army Life. I would like you to remember me to the Home Guards as I find it a pleasure to remember the platoon of which I was a member, for I realise how much it has helped me on joining the Army. A.C.L. Fred Pollard says, amongst other items of interest, We have had some quite marvellous food lately. They have put up a big notice in the Cookhouse which says "If you want more, ask for more, but don't waste it." so you can see that they are looking after us pretty well. They are sending a good many chaps overseas now, I went for a medical for that last Sunday, but I did not pass. My mate who has been with me since I joined up has to go. I do appreciate the N.L. which I get regularly. I don't know how we should get all the local news without it. Last night I went to a concert given by the W.A.A.F's and thoroughly enjoyed it.


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