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Newsletter from home to servicemen
May 1st 1942

My dear Lads,
Having been a serving soldier myself, enduring the rigours and hardships of a four year’s campaign on foreign soil, I know how much such a life of routine, of movement and of pre-occupation tends to deaden the soul. Yet there is not one of you who would deny that you have a soul, and if you did you would be wrong. The soul it is that enables you to comprehend and grasp all that makes life really worth living: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Kindness, etc. The strong and healthy soul lifts the mind right out of earthly cares and eases the mind of worldly worries and anxieties. The soul that is quickened is able to grasp the higher essentials of life, and leaving behind the sordid things, appreciate the beauty and the joy that can still be found in this world. Contact with God, which a healthy soul can make, gives us courage, fortitude, and contentment such as no contact with the world can inspire. So I ask you to take the greatest care lest your Army life deadens the perception of the soul and damps down your appreciation of the higher and nobler aspirations. A thought provoking letter?
I hope that it will prove so.
With my love and my prayers.
Ever your sincere, friend and brother, L. N FORSE.

Home front News.
Mr. Richard Whitehead, who was an Accountant, and worked in the Treasurers Dept. at the County Offices, Preston, and who lived in Fulwood Avenue, Hesketh Lane, went to work on Thursday, had a stroke, was brought home in the ambulance, and died within half an hour. Funeral Service was on Monday in Tarleton Parish Church with internment afterwards in family grave at Preston. He was 55yrs old. The rector took both services. Mr. Arthur Singleton brother of Roger of the H.M.S. buses, died suddenly at Bulford on Monday. He visited Tarleton last summer. The parents of Lieut. Eric Hind have been officially informed by the War Office, that he has escaped to Ceylon from Singapore. Mrs. Sanderson, senr. Hesketh Lane, mother of Percy Sanderson, is in Southport Infirmary. Her husband is very ill at home. The rector was very pleased to receive a visit from Commander Caunce, Hesketh Lane, while on leave. He is in command of a mine sweeping flotilla somewhere in the world. Sapper Edwin Johnson, Holmes, is home for a month on agricultural leave. Gdsn. John Moss has just come home for the same purpose for the same length of time. Kathleen Marsden, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Marsden, Hesketh Lane was married on Saturday at Tarleton to Thomas Alty of Croston. The rector took the service. Miss Eleanor Pearson, the Chalet, Hesketh Lane, who is a Queen Alexandra nurse, is going east with 24 other nurses from her hospital. Mr. John Parkinson next to mission Church in Hesketh Lane, had a stroke on Saturday and died almost immediately. Miss Emily Penn had an accident on Thursday and very severely damaged an eye. She was taken to Preston Infirmary and it is expected that she will have to undergo an operation. David Hanson of Kearsley Avenue, goes on Thursday to ---- for his examinations as a pilot in the R.A.F. Great glut in lettuces this week. Many hundreds brought back from different markets unsold. Tarleton football team played Bretherton (Th’edge o’ Leet) on Thursday evening. Won 9 1. A regular Derby game, many casualties. Four cousins of Jack Robinson were all home together last week. They were Tom Martin, Southport, Billy Jackson, Longton; Fred Jackson, Longton; Jack Robinson, Preston. The Holy Trinity school children gave their annual concert, under the direction of Mr. Peters on Friday. Quite a good show and the large room was packed with parents.

If you are one of those who have not written to the rector, please do so now. You like hearing about the doings of those who do write, remember that they like hearing about your doings. So write now before you forget.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. Jack Robinson writes from overseas to say “I wish Ernie Ball and his wife, and Harry Cookson and his wife much happiness and good luck. We had some fun in the room when my mate from Atherton saw his name in the N.L. He is more taken up with it than ever now. I wish to thank the ladies of Tarleton for the two 5/ which I received from then safely. This place here is great; the best I have been to since I joined up and that seems a long time ago. AC1 Walter Rawsthorne writes from Canada. Says 'Thanks for the N.L's which now reach me regularly. A few nights ago when on duty I dozed off, and woke up to find a Squadron Leader at my side, and did I wake up quickly? Anyway, he was very nice and let me off with a caution. I think it must have been the four hours skating I did that day. I am hoping the 'Cut' will be frozen by the time I came home and then I can show the boys what a Canadian winter has taught me in that respect. Marine Leslie Hodson writes "Its Saturday where I am and all I can see is miles and miles of desert. There is something interesting I have to tell you. The other night I had a walk to a Church canteen. I had been in about half an hour and who do you think walked in? Dick Gabbot in the R.A.S.C. fancy meeting Dick in ----. He had only just landed in this country. It was great meeting one of the lads out here. I have just received my first N.L. It has followed me from Plymouth, then S. Wales, then Deal, then out here. I was at sea nearly three months. I have had three letters from Tom Dandy and would like to be remembered to him. I leave not heard from Bill Wright. I spent my 21st Birthday out here and almost forgot about it. Will write again soon.” Corpl. William Roberts (married Olive Dobson) writes "I think I must have been born under a lucky star because I have let lucky again in that I have got a grand billet, making a total of 5 good billets since I joined the Services. When I have read the N.L's I put them in a drawer and take them home when I go, and if I forget to take them I am told that I should know that the people at home want to know the news as well as I. Please remember me to all the lads of the village most of whom, I think, know me although I am not really a Tarleton lad.", L/cpl Arthur Molyneux (Irish Guards) writes, “I have a tank to look after and that's a full time job if they are looked after properly. Also I have a class of different boys each week to teach driving and maintainance, and in the evening we learn Morse. George Burns is the only Tarleton or District boy that I have seen for more than 12 months. I don' t think there is anyone in the Battn that does not know George.” AC W. Riding (New Road), writes a very good and thoughtful letter criticising compulsory Church Parades. The rector agrees with much of what he writes. Among other things he says, “Is the Church unable to give the people the faith it ought to have? 'Has it the courage of its own convictions? I very much doubt it. Yet before there can be any hopes of a lasting peace this faith will have to be born, yea! Before we can hope for a worth while victory. It is all so simple, yet so immensely difficult. The chains forged during the past 400 years still hold, and it will need many strong hands to break them. Let us hope that they are broken before the mortgage is signed for the coming generation. I write in the hope that you might bring these facts to the notice of the authorities concerned. Pte Ronnie Sergeant writes “We have had two hundred new men sent to our Unit during the past week. The recruits are all from various parts of Lancashire. They are cutting down all the spit and polish in our mob and are getting down to the real job at hand. I think that is rather a businesslike step, especially for a very regimented Highland Regiment like ours. I am patiently waiting for my advanced mechanics course.“ Gunner Harry Harrison sends a long and most interesting letter. Amongst all the lads he easily takes the first prize for calligraphy. Ends "Please remember me to all my cousins and pals. I am very sorry that my cousins Jimmy Latham and Dick Harrison are missing from Singapore and pray that some news will soon come to hand. " Pte W Seddon, of the Regiment in which the rector served for 25 years, writes “ I have now moved again and am now at a place that reminds me of Blackpool. Will you thank the M.U. for the unexpected present they sent me? I hear that my sister-in-law Nellie Fazackerley has been appointed pianist for the Sunday School. I think that she will be very good. I am glad that Tom Fazackerley and John Blundell have both joined the Home Guard.' Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes “We are busy doing our garden. We are going in for a £5 prize which is being given by the Battery, and we are all very keen. Please remember me to all the boys, Leslie Hodson and Bill Wright.” Sergt George Hardcastle, the rector’s nephew, known to many of the lads writes: Those in charge seem to have gone crazy on rope climbing. We climbed up and down and across trees, and ran over numberless courses. We jumped ditches and scaled walls. We had quite a lot of swimming and had to swim in full dress, with equipment, rifle and steel helmet. Billy Molyneux R.A.F. writes to say that, much to his sorrow, he is being discharged on medical grounds from the R.A.F. and expects to come home soon.


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