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WW2 News from home
June 25th 1942

My dear Lads,
Tea Party Day has come and gone and, as a matter of fact surpassed all expectations. As you all know Mr. Fred Webster took the whole responsibility of running it off my shoulders, and he always did it so very well. So well, indeed, did he organise it that it appears to run automatically and we did not have any real bother in carrying on. The one thing everyone on the field was saying was how much we all missed the elder lads,- and what a struggle the two younger lads had to carry the banner! Well, by next year you will all be home to make it the biggest success that ever was. What a day that will be when I have got you all round me once again and in my old age can feel that I have some really devoted and loving sons to ease my shoulders of a good deal of my present responsibilities. But before we can hope to see the tide turn we must get back to God. As believers we cannot expect the Almighty to allow the war to be won without His aid, for posterity to say that it was the tanks or the aeroplanes that did the trick. When we turn to God and say with sincerity "Apart from Thee we can do nothing" then we shall know the truth of "Our help is in the Name of the Lord. I am convinced that until we prove ourselves worthy to administer the Peace the day of Victory will be deferred. With my love and every Blessing, ever your sincere friend,

Home Front News.
Sunday School Field Day last Saturday. Brilliant sunshine and quite warm weather. Procession round parish with Rufford Band. Tea in Schools. Children brought their own eatables: Tea, sugar and milk provided. Silcocks round a bouts etc. A fine show. Over 800 adults paid for admission to field. All children admitted free. Every child attending Sunday School given l/ to spend on field. This cost S.S. £9. A really good day’s enjoyment. Mrs. Agnes Swift has received a letter from her husband, Jimmy, who is now in Kenya. The engagement is announced this week of Corpl. Clifford Hambilton, prisoner of war in Germany since May 1940, to Miss Jean Taylor of Southport. Cliff is still in Germany and writes home to say that he has not enough to eat and is worked very hard as an electrical engineer. Commander King-Hall M.P. is coming to Tarleton on July 6th to visit all the National Service organisations in the parish. He will dine at the rectory before making the round. Holmes Methodist Chapel Tea Party last Saturday. Tea in their own school at Holmes. Afterwards all children under 14 were given 2/- apiece and sent on to the Church Tea Party field to spend it on the many amusements provided there. Thomas Ascroft, Corn Merchant, Mere Brow is being married on Saturday next at Holmes Chapel to Norah Ascroft, daughter of Walter Ascroft, Holmes. Charlie Wright, from Tabby Nook, Mere Brow, left last Friday for the same R.A.F. Station as Hugh Melling. The other Charlie Wright, in the Cameroons, also of Mere Brow, whose father lives at Sollom, is on leave, and Robert Bond, Mere Brow, in R.A.S.C. was home at week end for 48 hrs. Eileen Cairns, Mere Brow, is being married in a fortnight's time to Sapper Brian Davey, who comes from Brailsford, near Derby, and who is now in the R.E’s. Jimmy Sutton, Hesketh Lane, joins the Navy as an Electrical artificer on Friday, and Harold Pilkington is going into the Military Police.

Extracts from Letters.
Sapper Norman Barron,R. E. writes, "I cannot say that writing is actually a pastime that I care a lot for, but we all like to get letters, so therefore we must write them. As you know, I am with George Barker and Jack Gidlow. Please remember me to Matt Farrington, of Walmer Bridge, through the N.L., also to Jack Robinson and Stanley Johnson, and congratulate Stanley upon his promotion. Pte Robert Watson, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, says "The weather here is not so good, for it has been raining for the last three days. We are all in tents, and do we know about it!!! Still we manage to have a good time." AC2 George Harrison says, "We have been on a very tiring training course and manoeuvres, and were out in the country away from any address. Remember me to the British Legion (Women’s Section) and thank them again for the warm welcome they gave me when on leave." Gunner Dick Blundell says "Glad to hear from the N.L. that Alf Rowland has popped the question at last. A friend of mine in the same billet comes from Larges and knows Alf's bride to be. Please remember me to all the Tarleton lads in the Forces especially the Rowland Brothers and Stan Quinlan. Please remind Corpl Holmes that he owes me a letter." Ends his epistle "Yours to a cinder, Dick." AC Stan Quinlan says "The place where we are now stationed is very much out of civilization. I have realised my ambition this week and have been up for a few flips. You will have read in the papers just lately of the great R.A.F. offensive. Well, I am glad to say that our Squadron has been playing its part, which has made us extra busy. Please remember me to my pals in Tarleton and Ken Nicholson (Royal Marines, in Pacific), and Corpl Robert Moss". LAC. Jack Edmondson writes "As you will see I have passed my first exams and therefore am re classified as an L.A.C. I am here for a month on supplementary course. If we are still sane at the end we go on to a 14 weeks course of wireless, and still more buzzer. Here perhaps we might get a little flying, and then our physical re action will tell us whether we shall be flyers or not. Remember me to Dr. Shearer and thank him for his most helpful tuition, also to the Home Guard." Dvr. Fred Taylor (Hesketh Lane), writes "Well, rector, the Army life is a grand one, and it keeps you fit. We go for a 4 to 5 miles run every morning and I like it. I went for a bus ride in the country the other night and I must say that the Derbyshire moors are lovely". Telegraphist Bert Fawke, R.N., who is on a course, writes "We have plenty of spare time, only doing 5 1/2 hrs Morse a day, as more than that will probably affect our nerves. The time soon goes for us, however, because we have a Tennis court, Billiards etc. at our billet, and we have some good games. I didn't realise that so much happened in a week at Tarleton until I came to read your Home Front News in the N.L." A.G.W. Vera Iddon, R.A.F. Writes, "This is the first opportune moment I have had of writing to you. I spent most of my last leave with my boy friend in Liverpool. Will you please remember me to Matt Farrington, Arthur Harrison, Walter Rawsthone, in Canada, and Eve Foulds. The people round here are marvellous, there really are some kind folk in the world. They invite us to their houses and bring us all kinds of things to make us comfortable." Gunner Harry Harrison says, Last week I had the good fortune to have a Birds eye view of the King and Queen; they came to inspect the Bands of our Regiment. I am glad to tell you that my wife and daughter have been here for a week and are having a glorious holiday. I am very much afraid that I shall not see Tarleton again before we have put the Nazis where they ought to be. (since writing Harry has gone abroad). I wish you would remember me through the N.L. to all my many cousins, also to my brother and sister, Billy and Margaret, whom I have not seen for 12 months now, Good Luck, Billy”. Dvr. William Bridge says, "We have been undergoing some strenuous stunts lately. We have been here only a few days and its terrible, miles from anywhere. We are all under canvas and that is about the only decent thing about the place. I should be coming home soon on leave so I will slip in and give you a full account of my new billets,” Sapper George Barker writes, “ On my return I was sent with half my company to this wild, out of the way place. I don't think that it has ever been explored yet, only by shepherds, as I cannot find it on any of the maps. Only a single cart track leads to our place of abode where we are encircled, in a valley, by hills towering over 2,000 ft. high. The road we are working on we have nicknamed the Burma road.''. Pte. F. Hewitson, says, "Once again, and for the 18th time, I have changed my address, this time to the South. This camp is only in its infancy. We are under canvas and our floorboards have just arrived, so I shall have to excuse myself, please, and give a hand. A much more welcome arrival at tea time was the N.L. which had chased me from 0 --. My tea was rendered doubly enjoyable." AC/2 Freddy Coupe has again changed his address and writes to say "I managed to score 79 out of 125 on Rossall Range. It wasn't bad. I improved as I went on, and in the last 10 rounds got 46 out of a possible 50 which included 8 bulls. Raymond is coming here for a holiday on June 27th. I am glad to read in the N. L. that Malcolm Parkinson is going to broadcast. I only hope that I am able to hear it. I don't hear the cuckoo like I used to at home. Pte. Arthur Harrison writes, "I was pleased to get a letter from my friend Harold Aspey. We have been for four days on manoeuvres. We had iron rations and slept in a wood. We were up at 4 every morning standing to, and we were doing guard during the night. and we were ready for getting back to our little beds. I have never seen so many woods and trees miles of them. I expect the Churchyard is looking nice now. I always like going in and hope to be cutting the grass on the graves in five weeks and having a chat with you. Please remember me to all the local boys .and wish them luck wherever they are. Roll on Peace."


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