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WW2 Newsletter
June 18th 1942

My dear Lads,
I have received so many letters this week that I have not been able to spare the room for extracts from them all; but I will certainly give them next week. I would much rather receive too many letters than too few so please do not give your letter writing a rest. As you will notice there has been a good mail in this week, and I am sure that you will all like to hear from those who are away in distant lands. May I make a suggestion to you all? Every evening, at 7,15 we remember you all in our Intercessions in Church. Could not you also at the same time remember us at home and those of your fellow villagers away whose companionship you enjoyed in the days of old? There is so much strength and power in united thought and prayer. I am getting printed a small card that will fit into quite a small pocket containing a few suitable prayers. I am sending these out with the N.L. in a few week's time, and I do hope that you will use them. But always remember that even a very crude prayer uttered from the heart is quite as acceptable to the Almighty as a very polished one composed by a great ecclesiastic. For God knoweth whereof we are made. With my love and my prayers for you all, ever your sincere friend,

Home Front News.
Flying Officer Dick Rymer, Hesketh Lane, was married on Tuesday to Miss Elizabeth Joan Steele, of Oswestry, at Oswestry Parish Church, by the Rev. Prebendary Moore Darley, the Vicar. Reception at bride's home, honeymoon at Chester. The bride's grandfather is Alderman R.D. Bromley, of Shrewsbury. The wife of Dick Johnson, butcher, Hesketh Lane, presented him with a fine baby boy on Friday. Mr. Varey Pickup leader of the women's class at the Hesketh Lane Methodist Chapel, died on Sunday and was buried at H.B. He was 66 old and was a native of Salford. Leonard Waddilove, Rose Cottage, Hundred End, driving his lorry home from market on Friday run into by a motor cycle driven by John Benjamin Storry, R.A.F. aged 30, who lives at Liverpool Road, Longton. The accident happened at Little Hoole, within half a mile of Storry's home. He was coming home on leave. Storry badly damaged, leg broken in two places, was taken to Preston Infirmary. Hugh Melling and John Sutton, son of Harry Sutton, opposite Church, both join up this week. The engagement is announced this week, of Nellie Cookson, Church Road, to 2nd Lieut. Ronald Cook, of Colwyn Bay. Lieut. Cook was stationed at H.B., but is now in the South of England. He is 24 yrs of age, and for three years previous to the war held the Springboard Diving Championship of Wales, and still holds the Challenge Cup. Charlie Wright of Mere Brow has been called up and joins the Army next week. H.B. Methodist Sunday School Tea Party Saturday. In spite of rain they walked. H.B. Band, Tea in Methodist schoolroom. The Harold Websters have now gone to live at the shop and Mrs. Fred Webster has moved into their house, Manor View in Church Road. Harry Hodge and Norman Dandy have been on a week-end N.F.S. course at Liverpool. Church Tea Party next Saturday with Rufford Band and Silcocks round a bouts. Full particulars in next N.L. Mr. W. Morrison, Windgate Garage brought his tractor and pulled up huge trees in the new extension to the churchyard an Monday night. It was easier than pulling teeth. He made no charge. Rector's string of onions, given him by Mrs. Twist, Tarleton Moss for N.L. Fund, made £2 at M.U. Garden Party on rectory lawn on Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Kerruish, whose only son Ronald was killed while bombing over Germany, have gone to live opposite the ?ze at Rufford. They have been lodging at Bonney's Farm for nearly two years. Sergeant Major Stanley Baldwin called at Tarleton for a few hours to tell rector that he has been selected for a C.C.T.U. course for Commission in Royal Artillery. He has now left his Battery which is commanded by Major Dennis Seddon Brown. HarryTaylor; Dick Burns; Robert Moss; Fred Taylor; Bert Barron; home on leave. Special Flag Day Service in Church on Sunday afternoon H.G., N.F.S., A.R.P., W.V.S., and Special Police attended. Parade assembled at rectory and marched to Church via Windgate. W.A.A.F. Eva Foulds is home on sick leave with a broken wrist. She broke it through getting off a bus the wrong way. Mrs. Jimmy Swift, (nee Agnes Rigby) has had a wire from her husband to say that he is in Kenya.

Extracts from Letters.
AC1 Walter Rawsthorn writes from Canada, where he is with the R. A. F. and begins thus: "May I thank you for the N.Ls which arrive with constant regularity. Sometimes I don't hear from home for weeks and weeks, but the N.L. always gets here. I am beginning to think it could get through all Jerry's submarines. I see in the N.L. that my pal Bob Barron has joined up; could you be kind enough to give him my kind regards. On Sunday last we had a big Church parade, over 800 men attended our Church (No 3 Hanger), it was a jolly good show when you consider it wasn’t compulsory". Dvr. Ronnie Pilkington, who is in the middle east, writes, "I have been trying all I am worth to make a book out of the contents of the N,Ls. It will be a big surprise to everyone when they see it. I must ask you to give my kind regards to my friend Ken. Nicholson (who is somewhere in the Pacific), and to all others I know. As to this place I shall be glad to see the back of it, it is best seen on the pictures, or on a world tour, but not every day. We have had a plentiful supply of sand storms, and then will follow the heat and when that gets here it puts you out for six. Photo will follow in a few weeks time". Pte Ken. Robshaw sends a letter from the ship on which he is travelling saying "I am enjoying every bit of the voyage. I have been passing most of the time reading, for there are some very good books on board. The weather is very warm, much warmer than you get it in England in the middle of the summer. We have good food and are short of nothing,50 cigs. for 1/8d!!! Remember me to all the lads and tell them I hope to see them again soon!! Dvr. Jack Robinson sends a long letter saying amongst other things "From what I read in the N.L. there are two or three lads over here from Tarleton, but I have not seen any of them yet, only Stan Johnson, and he came over here with me. The Padre wishes to be remembered to you, sir. We have an early Service every Sunday at 8 o'clock and there are always a lot there. We had a big Church Parade on Sunday, about 600 at it, so you can see it was great. I wish to be remembered to my cousin Vera Iddon and to Arthur Harrison, hoping to see them before long. I wish also to be remembered to all the lads in the Forces abroad, and to all at home who are working so hard for us who are overseas." Trooper Alec Barnish writes "You will see by my address that I am somewhere on the high seas. The voyage, so far, has been quite comfortable and the food is good. I would love to have the opportunity of meeting my brother Ted when we arrive at our destination. What a re union it would be for us both! but that's a thing we cannot tell, for none of us know where we are going. The last N.L.I received from you was dated May lst, so the others will be chasing after me. Please remember me to all the lads from Tarleton and district serving with H.M. Forces and say that I send them my best wishes." Dvr. Dick Sephton (Rufford) writes from the middle east to say "I am in the pink at present. The other morning the Padre came to camp and we had a Service. Luckily I was able to attend, but unfortunately only nine others, as they were nearly all out with their lorries, so we had a few hymns and some very nice prayers. It is very hot out here and what little time we get off we spend in the sea nearby, to keep ourselves cool. Oh! what the people at Blackpool would give for weather like this for the holidays; but it isn’t safe to sunbathe too long. If it is possible I would like to be remembered to Mr. and Mrs. William Bridge and Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Ball." Gunner Robert Barron (Hesketh lane),writes from the South to say, "I have been posted as a gunner to an A.A. Battery. It is very interesting and I am sure that I shall like it here. We went to - for a 10 days' firing course, and we fired at a "Sleeve" trailing behind a 'plane. After that we went on a 10 days' exercise under actual battle conditions, sleeping under hedges and living on hard biscuits etc. The Canadians were our opponents and we had many lively skirmishes. I get your N.L. regularly and they make very good reading. Please remember me to Walter Rawsthorne in Canada, and also to all my old pals." Stoker 2 Tom Spencer says "While here I have met two lads from near home, John Taylor, of Moss Lane, with whom I have spent one or two pleasant evenings, and Walter Smith, of Longton, who is at present on 12 days leave. It's not much different from home except for missing all the people one knows around, for we have all the Lancashire lads here in the Navy, from such places as Wigan, Manchester, Liverpool, and other like places in Lancs." Dvr Harry Price writes "I was chosen as driver to a very high Officer, Lieut General Anderson. We spent some lovely days in - and I was very sorry when it was over. However, coming back to camp on Sunday,I was chosen for 'a seven days' tour my "load" consisting of Speed Boat Officers. Just another word to all my friends wherever they may be; "God bless you all, and in his own good time bring you safely back to Tarleton. Keep smiling boys, because we may all be home very soon." Sergeant Ernie Ball says "For the last few weeks we have not known the meaning of the word "finish" before 10, 11 or 12 at night. I did have 48 hrs off a fortnight ago, and one day of that was spent in London, when my wife and I went to see "Gone with the wind," and it really is a marvellous film. News is very scarce round this part of the country.


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