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Home front news
April 23rd 1942

25 4 42.
My dear Lads,
Here is the prayer that we say every day in our Intercession at the Parish Church. I thought that you might like to learn it by heart and use it yourselves.
''O Blessed Lord JESUS, who by thy most holy Incarnation didst condescend to become a member of an earthy family, to know its joys, its sorrows and its ties, look, we beseech thee, with thy Love and thy Blessing, upon all our lads now gone forth on sea, on land, and in the air, to save and defend the homes they love. Thou knowest, Lord, where each one of them may be. Keep them safe from all harm to body and to soul and grant that they may return to those who love them to praise and glorify thy Holy Name. Amen!" I feel sure that many of you will be pleased to have a short prayer like this and will soon learn it, and say it daily, You would also be doing a good turn if you showed it to your friends who are like minded and let them learn it also. It is nice to think that you, away, are saying the same prayers as those at home. It brings us all closer together. And don't forget to pray for those who are missing, and their anxious ones at home. Also for those who are prisoners of war. Another week I will send a short prayer you might share to say for these.
With my love and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate brother, L. N. FORCE.

Home Front News.
Mr. And Mrs Robert Iddon, Sutton Lane, parents of Mrs. Ernest Ball, celebrated their Golden wedding on Saturday. Both are in good health. Pte Harry Cookson, South Lancashire Regt. (P.W.V.), was married on Saturday in the Parish Church to Sarah Harrison. The rector took the wedding, and Mr. Harold Webster was at the organ. Daphne Wright and Nellie Cookson were bridesmaids. Sergt. Nick Dewhurst (Scots Cards) got forty eight hrs leave to attend. It was the fourth anniversary of his wedding day. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Iddon above also attended so it was quite a weddingy wedding - two anniversaries and one actual day. Reception and wedding Breakfast at Garlicks. Guild of Players gave an entertainment in the Schools on Friday evening. Children gave a small entertainment in Infant room on Saturday afternoon on behalf, of N.L., and raised £4 This was the boys effort and we all owe them our thanks. Mrs. Blakemore, mother of Gerry Blakemore, of the Rams Head, died on Tuesday and was buried at Tarleton. She was 61. Mrs. O'Keeffe, late of Kearsley Avenue, mother of Billy O’Keeffe, who is member of the Southport Police, died at Southport on Tuesday and was buried at Tarleton. She was 58. Mr. William Suttton who works at Ulnes Walton with Ike Clark, was filling his motor with petrol on Saturday when it caught fire and he was badly burned. He was brought home (next to Price's, Blackgate Lane) and is still in bed. Doing nicely. Dr. Herbert Croft has kindly consented to act in a voluntary capacity as the Medical Officer to the A.T.C. Flight which is being formed in Tarleton. Harry Latham, Tom Rigby (Toll Bar) and Peter Guy (Moss Lane) are all now somewhere on the high seas. Mrs. William Lund’s house, one of Briery Villas in Blackgate Lane, was sold on Saturday, by auction. It was bought by Mr. Capstick, who used to farm Hallsall’s Farm in Carr Lane, and now farms at Scorton, for £607. The furniture was sold as well. Charlie Wright, of Mere Brow, who lived at Mrs. Sutton’s and who is in the Cameroons, is on leave and has brought his fiancee with him. She is a Scotch loss. Last Sunday at the Chapel was "Organ Sunday", with collections for the organist. Mrs. Oliver Wignall, Madame Turnbull and Mr. Harry Hodge were the vocalists and Rev. F. Taylor, who used to be the minister at Croston was the preacher. The furniture belonging to Mrs. Artmstrong, who lived at the small bungalow at Sunnyside Nurseries in Blackgate Lane, was sold for fabulous prices on Wednesday. Frank Foster, in middle east, writes home to say he left his old Unit and has joined the Motor Transport.

On Leave.
Fred Forshaw, R.A.S.C.; Dick Burns, R.N.; Ronnie Iddon, RASC; John Rowland, R.A.F.; Nick Dewhurst, Scots Guards John Moss, Scots Guards; Bert Barron, R.A.F.; Harold. Aspey, R.A.; William Parkinson, R.A.S.C.; Bob Parkinson, R.A.S.C.; Tom Spencer, R.N.; Will Ball, R.N.; Harry Taylor, R.A.F.; Charlie Wright, Cameroons; Harry Cookson, P.W.V.; Frank Cairns, R.A.F.; (Mere Brow), Eva Foulds, W.A.A.F.; Joe Wait, R.A.S.C.; Tom Burns, R.A.S.C., Arthur Harrison Welsh Regt.; Alf Rowland, R.A.F.

Extracts from Letters.
Corpl. Hubert Tindsley sends an airgraph from the middle east dated March 19th. Says “My former Unit has (blacked out by censor) and consequently I have been reposted. This is a good Unit for sport, soccer, hockey and cricket, and it can boast of an excellent Concert Party. Change of my address has not interfered with the delivery of the N.L. I have heard no news of my brother John (reported missing at Singapore). There is a hut across the camp called Wesley Hut. Each evening at 9.15 they have family prayers." A/C Harry Rigby R.A.F. sends a closely type-written airgraph from the middle east: Says "I have not as yet had the good fortune of meeting any local lads who are out here, but have had a very cheery letter from Hubert Tindsley. He tells me that he was stationed not far from me although at the time neither he nor I knew it. Please remember me to Mr. Davies, Ronnie Iddon, Nick Forshaw and Stan Baldwin. Also convey my thanks to the M.U., British Legion ladies, and Conservative ladies for their Christmas gifts." Dvr. Dick Sephton, R.A.S.C. also sends an airgraph from the middle east. Says "Only yesterday I was speaking to Jimmy Burns, in fact he invited me to dinner as I was working at his place, and he was saying that the N.Ls are better than a newspaper for him and me, but he is like me and doesn’t like to read of all those on leave and us stuck here. Trusting you will remember me to all the young men, including Ernie Ball, Will Bridge and Mr. and Mrs. Ball (Gorse Lane)." Trooper Tom Rigby (Toll Bar); writes, "As you will see from the above address it has changed somewhat. Instead of Private I am now called Trooper. Just over a week ago we were inspected by the Prime Minister and three days later we had the honour of being inspected by the King. I should be very grateful if you would remember me to Walter Rawsthorne in Canada and tell him I hope he received my letter. I will write again when I get to the other side of the water." Trooper Harry Latham writes "Well, rector, I will not be able to write again for some time as I am going for a sail. Will you call on mother and tell her that I am alright. And don't forget to send the N.L. There is always nearly a fight as to who is to read it first. I am in the best of health and will let you know when I get to my destination. Cheerio, I cannot write again till I get there." A/C2 Fred Coupe says "I pass through my course in 12 weeks time. We have to do 12 words a minute in Morse and also have to pass in musketry. I have a good billet with 13 other lads. We start duty at 7.15 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m." A/C2 Jack Edmondson writes a long, interesting and very informative letter. Says "I am writing this on the balcony of our hotel overlooking the Bay. The view from our window is like a painting. We are situated on a rising and a mist rests on the Bay and other high points protrude above the mist a most delightful scene. I am writing this letter after Church parade by the Padre. After he had been introduced to the Choir the next hymn to be sung began "Lord have mercy upon us”. We had a very thorough medical examination when in London. We were vaccinated, innoculated, and blood grouped, all at the same time. It was like a skittle alley when we were outside. First one fainted, then another but I managed to stand on my feet. Tarletonians must be tough. But really the life is grand and we are all like one family." A/C1 Tom Smith says “This situation has many good points and many bad ones, The food and accommodation are really first class and I think we do as well, if not better, than the average civilian. Its chief disadvantage is that there is a great deal of ceremonial, leave is regular, but rare, and weekends are useless partly because of distance partly by rural inaccessibility. Working hours are long 7a.m. to 7p.m. Flying goes on for 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. We get one day off a week, but as we are on guard the previous night we spend most of the day off in bed." Pte Ronnie Johnson says “ I went to Communion on Easter Sunday at the village Church. I had to ask to go as we were not allowed out without permission. I was the only one to go from our camp as the others had service in camp but there was no Communion in camp. It is very quiet here as we are right in the country." Dvr Bert Price writes "I feel sure that if your N.L. could be read and appreciated by the Minister of Supply, as much as by us Servicemen, he would surely grant you extra petrol coupons. I am getting used to sleeping out in the open air; in fact I think that I shall turn tramp when this war is over. My thoughts will be with my pal Harry Cookson on his wedding day and I hope that my wishes for many years of happiness will be conveyed to him through the N.L. Also I send the best wishes to all the lads and lasses from our home town, and may the Lord guide and guard us all during these troublous times.” L/Cpl George Barker writes "Just a few lines to let you know that we have made a move at last after fifteen months in desolation. I don’t expect that we shall be here much more than 10days. Just our luck." Trooper George West says "Thank you for the N.L. which comes regularly and also for the old ones I am receiving from the middle east. We are very busy down here with these 18 ½ hrs coming again. I thought that the Sergeant's voice had left us for good, but it is just as loud as ever!“


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