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WWII news from Tarleton
July 2nd 1942

My dear Lads,
It is very gratifying to find how much you all appreciate the News Letter, and for myself I am most grateful to so many of you for your regularity in writing to me. One thing, at any rate that you all know by now, is that whether you show me that little act of courtesy by writing to me now and again, or not, you still get my letter to you week by week. I write every word myself when I get back from Church on Sunday night. But, as so many of you recognise, it does keep us all together as a village community and prevent us losing sight of each other. Also I hope that it does continually keep before you the fact that the Church follows her children wherever they may go. That is why the Church is very often called the Mother; once her child always her child, and if for any reason you leave her she still loves you, prays for you, writes to you and longs for the day when you will return to her. One of the chief reasons for my starting the N.L. was to give you all that very feeling. I wanted you always to say "In the prison camps of Germany or Italy or Japan, in the deserts of Africa, the heat of India, on the mighty oceans, the prairies of Canada, yes, into all the most out of the way nooks and crannies of the world, the Church sought me out, followed me and kept in touch with me because I was her child and she loved me.'' With my love and my Blessing, ever your affectionate pastor,

Home Front News.
Sidney Rutter, Kearsley Avenue, joined up on Friday. Ernie Nicholson is home on 48 days agricultural leave. His father is still very ill indeed, and his mother has been paralysed for some years, and they can get no help in the house. Mrs. Sarah Berry, the wife of a Chorley undertaker, was buried at Tarleton on Thursday. She was a Tarleton woman, born a Johnson, married first a William Taylor, then Mr. Berry of Chorley, who is a Churchwarden of St. James' Church there. She was 69 years old. Tarleton Methodist Tea Party on Saturday. No procession, but children went to Cinema, then Tea in Methodist school, afterwards to recreation field where Silcocks still has his round a bouts. On Wednesday night Mr. Herbert Silcocks gave the whole takings on the Round a-bouts to the local War Comforts Funds. At the end of the evening he handed £15 to the rector who made a short speech from the Round a bout thanking Mr. Silcocks for his gift. The following local funds get £3 apiece. M.U.; Methodist; British Legion; W.V. S,; and N. L. County Council Scholarship results announced this week. The following won them in Tarleton and H.B: Sheila Kemp, New Road, and Betty Hodson, Blackgate Lane, from Tarleton C.E. School. Judy Sanderson, Hesketh Lane and Barbara Fearns, H.B., from the Council School; and Leonard Cookson and Betty Ball from H.B. Church School. The Bishop of Blackburn is to be enthroned as Bishop of Norwich in Norwich Cathedral on July 29th. Lads in that area make a note of it. The rector will do his best to get down to Norwich for the ceremony, if so will see all lads in district. Robert Barron, Hesketh Lane and John Rimmer both on leave: Home Guard manoeuvres all day on Sunday. Pte Alf Rowland senior brewed tea in newly erected boiler at rectory. The rector's dog Max, sometimes known as Bonzo, was run over by Greenwoods light van in Coe Lane on Friday morning and killed. He was just 18 months old.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner John Ball writes "I should have gone on a month's Commando training, but it has been cancelled owing to the work we have got to do here. Please remember me to all the other lad's in the Forces. It is almost eleven o'clock, and that means "Lights out", but will write again soon." Gunner John Hornby says "We get good food and plenty of it, so have no grumbles in that respect. I got home for the week end, June 6 7 as my little boy has been ill. Please convey my sincere thanks to M.U. for their gifts, and many thanks for the N.L.s. They certainly keep us in touch with home." A.B. Frank MacKean, who is on a very famous Battleship, writes, "You see, sir, the Navy is the silent Service, but make no mistake, I could fill pages with interesting things could I tell you what I see and what we do. But I have to wait until something is made public, and then you know about it before I write. You will have read about the King's visit and the great honour he conferred on the Ship and the Company when he lived for a few days aboard with us. Sunday was our great day, for the King inspected the ship's company and attended Church Service afterwards. It was indeed a great day for the ship. May God help us to win through to a happy Peace." 0/S Dick Burns begins his letter with an apology for his delay in writing, and says "I know what you will have in your mind, 'Who is this from? 'Oh yes, I remember, its Dick Burns', If I were to make an excuse and say I have not had time, it would not satisfy you nor myself, but if I were to tell you that I was just bored stiff with writing you would say, 'Well Dick, that is a new one', but if I were to show you the writing I have had to do this last week or so I am sure you would let me off." (You're let off, Dick). "Please remember me to my brothers in the Forces, Jim, Tommy, George, my brothers in law George West and Harry Forrest, and all any pals on Active Service." LAC/W Margaret Moss writes "I am a cook in the Officers' Mess. It is very interesting work, but very hot during this spell of hot weather. This camp is about 2 miles from the nearest village and 10 miles from the nearest town. In your N. L. you say you would like any of us who haven't yet sent photographs to send one. Of course, I didn't know of this before, so I will send one as soon as I get them from home, although I don't expect many Tarleton people will recognise me as I come from Mere Brow." L/Cpl Tom Tindsley says "I am writing this as I sit in my tank; we have reached our park area for the night and there is very little on at the moment. Your N.L. still arrives with unfailing regularity and I am very grateful for it. I have always appreciated the N.L. because it has helped to unite a happy group of fellows of different ideas and ideals into one big family. For that alone you have my thanks. Please remember me to all the readers of the N.L." Dvr Billy Harrison says, "I was pleased to see in the last N.L. that you had heard from our Tom (on his way out East) and the poem was really nice. I pray to God to keep him safe and all the other boys who are overseas I am doing my best to be home for my 21st Birthday because Mother has promised me a party if I am lucky enough to be at home then. I wish all the boys in the Forces the best of luck and say to them, Keep smiling." LAC Malcolm Parkinson (Moss Lane) sends his letter from Georgia, U.S.A. and says "I spent nearly a fortnight crossing the Atlantic, which proved very uncomfortable. I wasn't able to remove my clothes for the whole trip. I even slept in them! The train journey (from Canada to Georgia) lasted three days and three nights. We went on a rather zig zag course. The heat here is simply terrific; at the moment the thermometer is registering 98 in the shade and the Americans tell us that the hot weather has not yet come. The woods round the camp have been placed out of bounds owing to the presence of grass snakes and rattlesnakes. Swimming in the river has also been prohibited as alligators make their home there. It is now 7 p.m. and the boys are waiting for me to go into Albany with them". Pte Lewis Clark writes "I am receiving your N.Ls, but I have not much time to write back to you, but thanks for sending them as they let me know how the Tarleton lads are getting on. There is another lad here who likes reading them; he is Bob Watson from Bretherton. Tell everyone at home that I am doing well." AC1 Freddy Pollard who writes from a lonely island in the Atlantic says, "Excuse me writing in pencil but the N.A.A.F.I. has run out of ink, and that is the only place to get things here. I am happy to say that I have been receiving the N.Ls very regularly and this is the sort of place in which you fully appreciate their value. I am hoping to be paying you a personal visit in another fortnight, as, all being well. I am going on leave. It is a very long way home from here, but we get four days travelling time allowed. One thing that seems odd about this station is that we have no Padre, so there are no Services to go to at all. That is rather unfortunate, as I always enjoy, going to Services.” Aircraftsman Alf Rowland says "I ask to be remembered to Bill Wright, Ralph Whitehead and Frank MacKean, and also give my kind regards to my two brothers. I spent a very pleasant time on leave; it was ideal weather, and best of all I had a pal to spend it with”. Gdsn Harry Crook writes "Your latest N.L. tells me that my cousin Hugh Melling is joining this week end, and I hope that he has good luck and has joined a good regiment”. (Hugh has joined the R.A.F., and his Uncle Bert Melling is joining up next week, in, I think, the R.As). Goes on "We are doing intensive training here and so we should be O.K. for any draft when required. Remember me to Ted Barnish and Bill Sutton, the latter of whom I have not heard about recently." (Ted is in India and Bill has gone east and no-one has heard from him for weeks). Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) says "Two nights before leaving this camp about 24 of us attended a short service and were each presented with a small crucifix. We move to - next Wednesday and I am looking forward to meeting my old pal Albert Becconsall of Gorse Lane, who is there". (Albert was on leave last week and paid the rector a courtesy call).


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