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War news from Lancashire during WWII
August 1st 1942

My dear Lads,
I know exactly what you will say when you open the N. L, this week. It is “What has gone wrong? No ’Home Front' News worth reading and only a very few letters answered." The answer, of course, is that I am away from home and have received no letters since last Wednesday. However, next week I hope to get back to normal and after all last week's double number should more than compensate for this week's poor one. Also I am away from my typewriter and, nowadays, I find it very difficult to write with a pen. However, as you know, I do not want to miss a single week sending out the N.L. and that is why I have made a great effort to send you one while I am away. I am missing my car very much on this trip round and have seen very few of the lads away. So far I have only seen Aubrey Smith who is somewhere in this neighbourhood and Fred Forshaw who also is not far away. I did call on John Rowland and found him away for the day on a course. However I seemed to be already well known in his Camp which took me hours to find and I should think I walked quite five miles to get to it. In the Orderly Room the first words I was greeted with were "Are you the one that writes the N.L.?" It appears that they all read it and enjoy it. So I got matey at once. I went to Bournemouth to see my brother who is an invalid. I also called on an Army Chaplain who is both a V.C. and an M.C., and for the first time for over a year I heard the sirens. I was pleased to receive a Birthday Greeting Telegram from John Robinson, who, as you know, is somewhere overseas. I get back to Tarleton at the end of this week and so you may look forward next week to a normal N.L. And may I apologise to whoever types this letter at Messrs. Brown's Typewriting Services at Burnley, who produce it each week so very well and punctually, for my bad writing and express the hope that she will be able to read it. With best wishes and many prayers for one and all,
Ever your sincere friend,

Dvr. William Harrison, Kearsley Ave., says “I have moved since I last wrote to you. The other place was only ½ mile from Town but this is about 5 miles away, so we can‘t get out as often. One of my pals went into Town last week and came back with a motor bike, so since then we have been able to get about a bit more, and I must say that I am enjoying Army Life more now than I did at first. I was pleased to see in the N.L. that you have started an A.T.C. in Tarleton and hope that the boys will take an interest in it. I would like you to give all the lads in the forces my best wishes“. " O.A. 5 Class J.T. Sutton (Jimmy Sutton from shop opposite Mission Room, Hesketh Lane) writes “I am waiting with all my heart to have my first N.L. It gives you an idea of what is going on in our little village. I don't like the idea of walking around here as I feel a bit of a "rookie" as they all call it, which means that one is new to the job. We have a lovely Church Service here every Sunday morning and also have Holy Communion. I will be sending you a photograph as soon as I can manage to get one taken. There is a lad here from Banks who knows all the lads from home. His name is Wright. I expect that Jack Bibby (his Tarleton mate) is a bit lonely now.” P/E.R.M. Dick Burns says "We came to this new place which appears to be quite comfortable as yet, but I think it is how you make things yourself. While I was waiting for draft yesterday morning I looked into the next room and found the Padre all upside down trying to arrange the writing tables and chairs in better order, so I thought I would do my good turn for that day so I asked him if I could be of any assistance, and he said, "You are just the man I want for an hour or so.“ So with that I got all my pals on the job and when all turned to and helped we made light work of what the Padre said looked like being a long and hard job all on his own. Please remember me through the N.L. to my brothers in the Forces; Jim, Tom and George, and by brothers in law, Harry Forrest and George West, and my pals on Active Service. I will explain when I come home again that my rank is as a P/E.R.M.; but it does not matter so long as I get the extra money for it - at least to me.” Sergt. Ernie Ball writes: "As you will see we have changed our address. I was on the bicycle all the way averaging approx.180 miles per day. The country is very nice round here from what little I have seen of it, but I still prefer the South:" Sapper Ronnie Melling writes "A few weeks ago our Company was at ---- at a R.E. Training Camp, and what with manoeuvres and red tape we were all glad when the fortnight was over. There was a company of New Zealand Forestry Troops there at the same time and the last Sunday there we had a Drum Head parade service with the New Zealand Padre and the rector of --- taking the service. The N.Z. Padre was very interesting and it was first Drum Head Church parade I have been to. I was very pleased to see the results of' the Tarleton Homing Society in the N.L. a few weeks ago when my employer took 1st and 2nd prizes." L.A.C. Malcolm Parkinson writes from Canada to say “The school I am now at (a small country town in Southern Georgia, U.S.A. ) is a Flying School and it is thrilling. Somehow the instructor passed me as suitable to go solo last Monday, and now I have got fifteen hours flying in. That is not much considering that it is necessary to get 200 flying hours in before I graduate from the U.S. Army Air Corps, We are well treated here, the people of -- being exceptionally kind towards us; they invite us out for dinner and for the week-ends and take us out into the country for drives in their cars, and generally do their utmost to give us a real good time and to make us feel at home. That counts a great deal when we are so very far from home. I would like to be remembered to Roger Watson, Fred Coupe and Pilot Officer Rymer wherever they may be". A/C Stanley Quinlan says "My wife told me that you had been asking about me so I thought that perhaps I could find a little news for you. My reclassification came through on July 1st so that gives me an extra 9d a day on my pay which is most acceptable. I saw a picture at the Station theatre which I should advise everybody to see. The title is "Next of Kin" and shows what a lot of trouble and misery can come from people not guarding their tongues. Please remember me to all the lads of Tarleton and may we all be together again soon; especially Alf Rowland, Dick Blundell, Ken Nicholson and Corpl Robert Moss. I hope I have given you something whereby you can add to your N.L. which I always let the other lads read and they always say how grand it is and what a good idea it is for keeping pals in touch with each other and they get much enjoyment from reading it." Gunner Tom Fazackerly writes, '' I have just returned from a course of two weeks Radio location and am now back again on the site. I got a N.L. last week and I see that you are hoping to visit -- and I shall do my best to get a day off and hope to see you. I have been round the Cathedral and think it a very beautiful place. I am looking forward to seeing Tarleton again and I'm hoping to go swimming in the canal at "Thops" Tell Bill Wright I wish he could join me and Leslie Hodson. I shall miss them for the last time I went in there we were all together, and hope that it is not long before we are together again. (N.B.) Both Bill Wright and Leslie Hodson are aboard ship in very warm waters and so we suppose that they are taking their ”swims” in a little larger canal than the one at Tarleton). Pte. Arthur Harrison says "I am writing this letter in the dining hall. I am P.M.O. (Private's Mess Orderly). There are four of us and we have been on this job two weeks now. I told you in my last letter that our company was getting split up. Well I am glad to tell you that it has been cancelled. We are all glad as we did not like the idea of getting separated. I am going on a course from the 21st to the 31st of July, so it may get to the 7th of next month before I come home. About 30 of us got a good conduct stripe last week. Two years service in. They don’t have to give us a stripe for that; we know only too well how long we have been in the Army (Roll on Peace). We are having new spuds tomorrow, the first lot and our own growing, so it will be a change for us."


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