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WWII Newsletter
June 11th 1942

My dear Lads,
Last week I slipped into Church at various times and on each occasion I found a few people in the Lady Chapel looking at the photographs of you all, which, as you know, are displayed there. They do help to focus our thoughts on you before we kneel down to pray for you all. In this way they are most helpful. I said “of you all”, but there are still a few very familiar faces missing, and I would, as I know others would, appreciate seeing the missing spaces filled up.
So far we have 130 photographs, each in a separate frame, and each week Nannie Wareing kindly dusts them and alters their positions, so that each in their turn occupy the front row. This means we are between fifty and sixty photographs short, so, if you are one of the missing please rectify the omission.
I was much struck with the first Lesson on Sunday morning which was the 1st chapter of the Book of Joshua. It was the story of the Lord sending Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the promised land. Five times over we find the Lord exhorting Joshua “only be strong and very courageous”. I thought what excellent advice this was for us all to take to heart in these days, when we, too, are forging our way into the “Promised Land.” “Only be strong and very courageous,” We need strength and we need courage, and God can, and will, give us both, and possessing them, we shall undoubtedly prevail and inherit the promised land.
With my prayers and my love,
Ever your affectionate fellow-soldier,

Home Front News.
Minor tragedy at Sollom. Some Liverpool evacuees brought a tame monkey with them when they came to live with Richard Bridges at Sollom Lock. It was a young lady. She slipped her chain last week, chased all the hens, caught them and plucked them alive. Then Sollom chased the lady. She got into the trees and as fast as the lads climbed after her she nimbly sprang to the next tree. So they got their guns and shot her. Everyone was sorry because in many ways she was a very pleasant girl. Harry Balshaw, Plox Brow is marrying Betty Balshaw of Blackpool in a fortnight’s time and they intend to live at Legh House farm, Mere Brow, which is being repaired for them. Inez Molyneux was married on Saturday morning in Tarleton Parish Church, by the rector, to Gilbert Johnson. Billy Molyneux was best man. On Saturday afternoon the rector married at Rufford Parish Church Nora Sephton, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Richard Sephton, the Garage, to Arthur Leyland of Burscough Bridge. After the wedding the rector took the funeral, also at Rufford, of Richard Fells, Holmeswood, aged 81 years. Ellen Wallbank, Kearsley Avenue, was married on Saturday at Bretherton Parish Church to James Taylor, widower, of Bretherton. There were 37 candidates for the Tarleton Scholarship which was held in the C.E. Schools last Friday. This is the largest number on record. Male members of the Parochial Church Council spent Wednesday evening in the Old Churchyard new extension given by Lord Lilford, felling trees and grubbing hedges and making things ready for fencing and draining. All the labour was voluntary. British Legion whist drive on the rectory lawn on Tuesday afternoon made over £11. The weather was perfect. The Mother’s Union are having a garden party for their Comforts Fund. The engagement is announced of AC2. Alf Rowland to Jeanette McIver, of Larges, Scotland. Leonard Bourne, Moss Lane, brother of Mrs. Nick Latham, was married on Saturday to a girl from Scarisbrick side of Southport. Sunday School Sermons at Hoole Parish Church on Sunday last. Dan Stazicker home for 10 days leave. Mary Ashcroft, New Road, has been seriously ill with rheumatic fever. She is now just a little better. Eileen Cairns (Mere Brow) is engaged to a lad from Wales. The second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mee was baptised on Sunday by the rector and given the name of Jean. Mr. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane, has just telephoned through to tell the rector that Flight-Officer Dick Rymer, who is home on leave from the Gold Coast, is being married on Tuesday next, presumably at Oswestry, where his fiancee lives. More particulars next week when the rector has seen Dick or his father. Sidney Ball celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday. Owing to the war it was quite a quiet affair.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Tom Harrison, Kearsley Ave., sends a nice card with printed heading “Somewhere at Sea”, dated April 1942, and in addition to a little poetry saying, “Tho’ far from Home and those I love, With not much chance to drop a line, The sending of this little card Lets you know I’m keeping fine”, he also adds on his own account “Remember me to all the lads in your N.L. Will write when I arrive at my destination.” Marine Leslie Hodson writes from the middle east to say, “Just received an N.L. dated Dec. 17th and although it has taken three months to reach me I cannot tell you how much I appreciate receiving it. (His letter is dated March 2nd) I have been far away in the desert, going through a wireless course, but I am moving any time now on a job to work with the Navy. So far I have only met one Tarleton lad - Dick Gabbott, but there is a Preston lad in my section. I would like to be remembered to all lads of T. and you can state that I am now in Egypt. I would like Bill Wright to write to me, I have a feeling that he is not far away from me somehow.” Dvr. Bert Price says “We have been working extra hard for instance we went out on Sunday night, travelled for 2 ½ hrs, had a couple of hrs sleep, then started a battle which lasted till Tuesday night. I covered 150 miles in my carrier over all kinds of country, and many times had only a crust of bread from 2am till 8 and even 10pm. I say pity poor Jerry if ever he bangs up against the Recces. Best wishes to all the Tarleton and H.B. lads and lasses now doing war duties, and especially to those who are P.O.W., or in distant lands. Remember me to Bill Sutton, Jim Leacy, and our Harry, and wherever a Tarleton lad is stationed I say “Good Luck, pals.” Corpl. Doris Molyneux, R.A.F. (we congratulate you Doris upon your very well deserved promotion), writes “You will , of course, have heard of the marvellous work of the R.A.F. recently, and I needn’t tell you how proud we are here to belong to Bomber Command. Apart from increasing work during the summer months we have a fine tennis court and organised netball and swimming matches. Our Chaplain takes a great interest in our welfare and has opened a canteen at the church. Please remember me to all my comrades-in-arms in the W.A.A.Fs.” Pte Ronnie Sergeant says “I am having a busy time at present, as I am out from 8am. till 7pm. instructing learner-drivers from our Driver Maintenance School. This is a fairly decent job, and I have quite a good time touring the country which has some really marvellous beauty. Best wishes to my brothers-in-law Jack Edmondson and Nick Forshaw - through the good and ever welcome N.L.” Pte Ken Ogden writes “At present I am with the Army Dental Corps and am doing a bit of office work cum general handy man. The job is O.K., but there is plenty of work to do. My brother Vernon will be joining-up this week and so I shall miss him when I come home. I am still hoping to get my transfer through into the R.A.S.C.” Dvr.-mechanic William Parkinson sends a last letter before embarking. Says “We are expecting to move any day now, for the last of our vehicles go back tomorrow. We have now got our tropical kit and everything, even our brasses are painted --. I do not know whether we shall go straight to the boat from here or another location, but we expect to make a move about --”. Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes, “I see in the N.L. that Dan Stazicker is in N. Perhaps one of these fine days I shall run into him. We had quite a bit of fun the other week. We cooked our dinners outside in our mess tins on a stove we made ourselves. My mate joined me and we had quite a good feed. It is surprising what one can do when it has to be done. It reminded me of my school days when Bill Wright and I made stoves in the wood at the end of Kearsley. AC2 Freddy Coupe says “Our new billets are very good as far as food is concerned, but the washing and shaving business is bad, because we have only one wash basin and there are nine chaps for it; so we have to queue up in the morning. Next week we fire the Lee-Enfield rifle on --- range; so I ought to get a kick out of that. Anyway I hope to get a good score. I don’t expect to be in this billet very long, but I will let you know when I move.” Corpl. Frank Foster writes from that delectable spot where the spicy breezes blow soft and where every prospect pleases, and only man is vile. If Frank, or any other Tarleton lad on the same isle, and we know that there are several there, will go to the Cathedral and boldly ask for Canon G.E.H. Arndt, and will show him one of the N.Ls., the good Canon will have a most pleasant surprise and the lad will most certainly be welcomed as a long lost brother, for the rector and the Canon, who is a native of this island, were bosom friends in their youth. The rector has not seen him for 34 years but his love for him is as great as ever and always has been. So trot along Frank, and Padre Edward if you reach this island, and for my sake you will be most welcome. So here’s to Emmanuel and Corpus, thine and mine George, my very best of friends. Wade has passed long ago to higher service, Durham is rural dean of the Isle of Wight.


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