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World War II News
April 8th 1942

My dear Lads
Quite a good Easter from my point of view. A large number of Communicants at the early Celebrations of Holy Communion, when the men were especially numerous. Jack Robinson served at the 8 o'clock Service, as he was home on leave. As always I sorely missed so many of you who would undoubtedly have been present had you been at home. I really do miss your presence at these Services. However I look forward with hope when, the Victory gained, we shall all once more meet together at the village Altar. I have had a very busy time this Easter with weddings and still have many more to come. There seems to be an epidemic in Tarleton just at present. To morrow, April 9th. is an interesting anniversary for me. Twenty four years ago, at 9 am. I was taken prisoner of war at Givenchy. It was a terribly bloody hand to hand battle, hundreds of both sides being killed, but though the two M.O’s and myself were taken prisoner the main body of our Division never budged an inch, in spite of fearful enemy onslaught, and we won the battle. Lord Haig sent our General, Sir Hugh Jeudwine, a special letter of thanks. You must forgive an old man's reminiscences.
With my love and my blessing,
ever your affectionate rector,

Home Front News.
Mr. Charles Williams, of Croston, brother of Mr. Walter Williams, of Gorse Lane, was ordained Deacon in St. Andrews Church, Eccles, by the Bishop of Manchester, on Palm Sunday. Mr. Magrath, the Rector of Rufford, is leaving to become the Vicar of Sabden, near Whalley. Mr. Oliver Wignall of Hesketh Bank, was married last week to Miss Gertrude Mayhew, of Churchtown, Southport, at Churchtown Congregational Church. Jack Robinson, home on leave, told the rector that one of his mates, who is serving overseas with him, and whose name is Dvr Victor Tootill, and comes from Atherton, near Manchester, takes Jack’s N. L. to bed and reads it from beginning to end. Once he said "I never see my name mentioned!” Well he can never say that any more. Mrs. Sharrock, wife of David Sharrock, Tabby Nook, Mere Brow, died on Monday aged 67 years. Mrs. Ashcroft wife of Peter Ashcroft, Holmes, also died on Monday aged 72 years. Both were buried at Tarleton. Mr Baily, the father of Billy Hind's wife, who lived with them at the Bungalow at the corner of Kearsley Avenue, died somewhat suddenly on Sunday and was buried at Churchtown, where he used to live, on Thursday. He was turned 70. An Army lorry knocked down one of the traffic lights at the Windgate on Wednesday. All the lights were put out of action. Tom Harrison and Gerry Pendlebury have already embarked and are somewhere on the high seas. Jenny Fishwick, Gorse Lane, was married on Saturday to Joseph Parsons of Causeway Farm, Burscough. Doris Wignall was also married on Saturday to Richard, (Dick) Parkinson of Hesketh Lane. Both were married by the rector in Tarleton Parish Church. Mary Edmondson, Moss Lane, only child of Mr. & Mrs. James Edmondson, was married on Monday to Ralph Whitehead, of Hesketh Bank. This was rather a "posh" wedding. It took place in Tarleton Parish Church and the rector officiated. Banns were called out for the first time on Sunday, of Thomas Alty of Moor Road, Croston, and Kathleen Marsden, only child of and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Marsden of Hesketh Lane. The Post Office opened on Tuesday at John Hunter's in Blackgate Lane. George Spencer, Curacy House, was married at Croston Methodist Church on Saturday, to Pearl Ashcroft of Croston. William Baybutt, of Sollom, married on Saturday at H.B. Parish Church to Elizabeth Fazackerley, of Hesketh Bank. Alice Wareing, Becconsall Lane, H.B., was married on Saturday to John Ashcroft, of Rufford. John Hornby (Paddy Jack) of Chapel Rd., H.B. is very seriously ill. A small band of "Conchies" are ditching at Sollom. Billy Molyneux is getting his discharge from the R.A.F. on medical grounds. He is not at all pleased at it. Frank Cairns, Mere Brow goes on Monday as a Wireless operator air gunner in the R.A.F. He had some stiff exams to pass. Arthur Parkinson, son of Mr. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane, is home for three weeks leave after completing a very stiff course in the Officer Cadets Training School. Mrs. William Taylor, Blackgate Lane had a little daughter on Friday.

Extracts from Letters.
Squeezed out from last weeks extracts is a letter from Dvr. Harry Price. Says "I have got a new car a Humber Snipe 28 h.p. There is now a vacancy for a driver of my old car, and if you care for a few thousand miles of lovely scenery, well!! I can recommend the job A.1. by Jove." Goes on "A man I was speaking to made rather a remarkable statement to me. It was There is one job alone that stands out above all others where a man is sorely tried by patience and feelings of hopelessness; and that is the work of a Minister or man of God". Ends "Give my regards to all the boys especially my brother Bert, and to all who are far away I send my three "Gs", GOOD LADS: GOOD LUCK: GOD BLESS YOU.
ACW/2 Vera Iddon, writes "I have passed all my tests for a balloon operator; we get another test in three weeks for our AC1. It is a lovely place here, and six of us went to Church this morning 3 miles from here. The rector was a nice man and made us very welcome. We have to cook our own food, and believe me, sir, we get some fancy meals as some of the girls have never cooked in their lives before, but there's a war on and we can't expect anything else. In the next N.L. will you please remember me to Eva Foulds in the W.A.A.F." AC/2 Freddy Coupe, (Moss Lane) says, "I am not in with the. R. A. F. Last Sunday we had an Organ Recital and then a small Church Service. We have plenty of work to do during the day and are usually too tired to go out at night. L/Cpl. George Barker begins "Once more I thank you for the ever regular N. L. which are such a boon for spreading all the local news and whereabouts of the lads. At present I am laid up in bed with a badly damaged knee which I received whilst playing football. I am getting well looked after. It is a matter of which of the lads in the hut can do most for me, so you see it is very nice. My cousin Harold Rhodes from Walmer Bridge is reported missing at Singapore. A lad from Hesketh Bank in the name of William Ball (Chogger), was in the same battery while stationed at ---- at the beginning of the war." (note by rector Chogger William Ball was home on leave a few weeks ago and therefore could not have been at Singapore.) AC Stanley Quinlan says "I have spent a month on a "buckers up" course for ground defence. We have a fighter squadron here and I have to inspect the engines and keep them in perfect condition. It is a most interesting job. We have excellent food here, in fact we get lots of things which we are not able to get at home. The only trouble is that it is a long way from home and forty eight hours pass will be of no use, but at least I am in England. Remember me to Bob Moss and I hope he is doing well, and also all the other lads." Pte Fred Forshaw begins his letter "Here is the latest news from your War Correspondent at ----. It looks as though we should be here for some time as we are collecting cricket tackle. I expect that my next leave will be taken up teaching my son and heir how to grow tomatoes. The civilians here are very kind and most helpful." L/Cpl Tom Tindsley says "This week I had a letter from some friends of mine at Egham. Maybe you remember that I was billeted there. My friend sent me two Virginia Water Parish Magazines. I have read them so am sending them on as they may interest you." (Thanks Tom, the rector found them most interesting, especially the picture of the Church on the cover, for it was the Church in which he worshipped for the first sixteen years of his life.) Goes on "The whole battalion has been with the Tanks on a firing course. It was quite interesting, but conditions were far from comfortable. The mud was ghastly, the tanks churned it up, we were billeted in an unfinished camp and all the light available was one hurricane lamp to each hut. You should have seen me, sir, wallowing in deep mud with a pair of gum boots four sizes too big for me." Pte Ken Ogden says "About three weeks ago I applied for a transfer to the R.A.S.C., and I think that I shall get it. I believe that Ted Barnish is in India now, but I am not sure. I saw Alec Barnish while I was on leave and he is on embarkation this time. By the look of things I think we shall stop where we are for some time now. " Trooper Alec Barnish sends a letter saying "I think that we shall be taking a trip to the same place that my brother Ted went to. You will be surprised to hear that I have a young man from Mawdsley as my second driver, (in a tank). He keeps company with Sergeant Bourn' s sister from Rufford. His name is Bill Davenport. Well, sir, he received the sad news of Sergeant Bourn being reported missing at Singapore." (Jack Bourn is one of the rector of Tarleton's most valued young friends and he worries much about him, and prays God that he may be safe) "Will you convey my best wishes to my mother and all the lads serving in the Forces." Ends his letter "So good night, sir, and God bless you." (To which the rector replies, "and God Bless you also Alec, and your brother Ted, both very dear fiends"). Pte Ronnie Johnson Says "I came into B Coy Tuesday morning and missed a draft which is going out. We do fatigues and guards in this Coy. I was peeling potatoes yesterday, and am emptying bins today. I am glad to hear that one of our lads (Eric Hind) has escaped from Singapore."


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