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War news 1942
August 4th 1942

My dear Lads,
During the past week my aged Father, who was in his 92 Year, passed on to fuller Life and service. I had been home and seen him and had gone for two days, first to Cambridge and then on to Norwich to see the Bishop enthroned. I obtained permission for Dan Stazicker and Tom Fazackerley to spend the day with me there. The three of us went to the Cathedral and thoroughly appreciated a most beautiful Service. The Bishop wore a Cope of Cloth of gold and wore his mitre while sitting on the throne. I was very pleased that Dan Stazicker was able to be with me for he is one of our Sidemen and so Tarleton Church was represented by its rector and one of its sidemen; also Tom Fazackerley, being a Methodist, was able to represent the Tarleton Free Churches. After a hurried tea with Dan and Tom I set off for home and found, when I arrived, that my aged Father had died very suddenly during the afternoon. The funeral was on Friday and I returned to Tarleton on Saturday. Naturally I was not able to see many of you on this journey south, but if I come again this year I will look up all those who are anywhere near me. My sister telephoned through to the Police at Norwich asking them to find me at the Cathedral, but they could not have received the message in time for I did not hear the sad news until I arrived home at about 11 p.m. With my love and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate friend and rector,

Home Front News.
Betty Taylor, Mere Brow, was married on Saturday at the R.C. Church, Hesheth Lane, to Michael Maclarky, who used to be a foreman on the new by pass road at Mere Brow. He now lives at Stoke-on Trent. James Read Ashcroft, of Mere Brow, was married on Saturday to Alice Wareing, at Banks Methodist Chapel. The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson, Butchers, Hesketh Lane, was Christened on Sunday with the names of Anita June. Constance Ritchings, (New Road), who is a hospital nurse is being married to Thomas Coggins of Blackburn. Banns called out for first time on Sunday. Sidney Ball has been called up and goes on Thursday. Young Tom Forshaw has gone with some other Preston Grammer School lads to a lumber camp cutting down trees. The rector called on Sergeant Nick Dewhurst when he was in the south but found him away on a course. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson (PIox Brow), went to Chester last week to see Jack's Padre, who was on a visit there. Austin Barton, Fred Forshaw, Abraham Wright and Jimmy Harrison, (Kearsley Ave) are on leave, but having been away for ten days we are not quite as up to date with "leaves" as usual. There may quite easily be many more to add to the list. Engineer Officer Johnny Hague and Ronnie Iddon are also on leave. Good mushrooms are now being gathered on the marsh. Some lads have got quite good hauls. Dick Barrons young son is to be christened John. John Bridge who lived at the White House at Sollom is over for a few days holiday. He and his parents now live at Banbury. He says that Hugh, who is in the Army has just had an operation in a Military Hospital and one lung has been removed. He expects that he (Hugh) will be discharged very soon. John Taylor, Blackgate Lane, has a dog (fox terrier) which brought home a young rabbit and is suckling it in the flour bin. John calls the baby rabbit his "bunny pup." There was a Gymkhana at Bank Hall on Saturday when a number of guests were invited to the sports. Mr Herbert Parkinson ( Moss Lane) is broadcasting on Sunday next, August 9th at 1-15 on Hesketh Bank and neighbourhood.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Harry Harrison writes from aboard ship to say "We have been allowed five days in which we can post letters, and although I have so many to send I had to write once again to you. I am well on my way across the ocean and I never dreamed there was such a stretch of water. As I write this I am down on my Deck Mess and sweat is dropping from my nose and it is terribly hot, although we have only a pair of shorts on. Cigarettes are cheap 36 for 1/ ½d, and oranges 2d each. I hope that my N.Ls will reach me no matter where I am. Before I close I should like to thank once again all those who run the various Funds who have sent me so many gifts; also please remember me to my sister and brother in law whom I have not seen for 16 months. “Good Luck Muph and Billy, I hope that the girls are both well'. Also to my cousins and pals I say "Good Luck and keep your chins up. Marine Leslie Hodson writes from somewhere in Syria saying, "I was glad to receive a letter from Bert Marsden the other day. Although I knew that my best pal, Bill Wright, was only 30 miles away from me once, I did not get to see him because I was moving when I heard of it. I see Noel Clark quite regularly. Seaman Jack Marsden, R.N. is wrong when he says "I can't write a good letter" for he certainly does so. He says, amongst other things "Someone wrote on the front page of the N.L. that a good verse for us to remember was “Fear God and Honour the King." I would like to tell you that we have that same line over the Quarter deck on my ship and I always think about it when crossing the Q deck and glance up and see the words there. Please remember me to all the lads particularly to Harry Iddon, Bill Wright, Les Hodson, Alf and Hugh Rowland, and Bill Ball of H.B., and tell Bill the old Tites is still going strong." AC1 Freddy Pollard who flew home on leave, but we don't know how he got back, says "When I arrived back off leave there was a N.L. waiting for me. My mates in the billet had made me a French bed, and had covered it with wild flowers and put a card on it which read "Welcome Home." Sergt. Ernie Ball writes "Just a few lines from the land of haggis where it does nothing except rain. They talk about the north for being a nice country, but give me the sunny south every time." L/cpl Tommy Burns says "I always maintained that the Malitia that got trained in 1939 were the cream of the British Army and they haven't gone sour. I haven't mentioned it before but when I was on leave I got engaged to the young lady I have been courting for some time. I believe you have met her. (Congratulations, Tom, from all the lads and especially from myself.) Goes on "I may be visiting Dan Stazicker's place before long as we very often go there on detachments." Gdsn Harry Crook writes "We are still on intensive training here and a great deal of our time is being spent an schemes. Everybody seems to be keyed up in anticipation of the second front opening. I was glad to hear that Jimmy Burns was alright and that Ted Burnish has got to India. I hope that news will come through about Bill Sutton shortly." Corpl. Doris Molyneux says "The last N.L. was forwarded to me to a station to which I have been attached for the last fortnight. It is in the opening stages so I was sent to help them. I shall be returning to -- this week end. I shall not see Tarleton during my next 7 days in August as my W.A.A.F. friends and myself are spending it in Bournemouth, but I hope to get home in September." Rfn Charlie Wright is doing two month's training in mountain warfare. He writes "It is not easy going. We have 20 horses with us to take our weapons and other things, and we have the Indian R.A.S.C. looking after the horses. They are very hard to understand. They have their own Service every night between 11 and 12 o’clock, and it is strange to hear them singing at that time of night. The other night they gave us a riding display which was very good indeed. Please remember me to Robert Bond. I have got his address from his mother and will be writing to him" Signs himself "Chuck" so as not to be confused with the other Charlie Wright who also comes from "Brew". Sapper Tom Johnson writes appreciatively as follows "One can see from the letters published in the N.L. each week that your efforts are appreciated by all of us, and I am sure that you will be repaid after the War. You are building up a congregation of men who will be only too glad to serve you when that day comes which I hope will be soon. Well, sir, I see that I am no longer a Tarletonian. I could not see my name on the Roll of Honour." (Quite an oversight, Tom, when you married a Wigan girl and went to live there you did not forfeit your birthright.. Your name goes on the Roll to day, you are still a Tarleton lad.) goes on "Jimmy Harrison misunderstands the meaning of P.T.C. It is Primary Training Company, not, as he calls is Physical Training Course." Jimmy Sutton R.N. , (from shop opposite Mission Room in Hesketh Lane) writes "I have had five teeth filled here, and, by jove, it hurts when you get dental attention in naval fashion. They are not particular, and when he was drilling my first tooth I felt like telling him that when he could see brass on his drill he would know that he was through to my back collar stud. I get quite a lot of my information from the Chaplain. He is grand. I get letters from Jack Bibby pretty often and I like to hear from him.” Dvr. Fred Taylor (Hesketh Lane) who went back from leave a fortnight ago says of the journey "I missed my connection from Manchester and had to take the Chesterfield train thinking of getting a bus from there to ----. The last bus, however, had gone when we got in, and so I had to walk 10 miles with full pack, and then got a miners’ bus taking miners home from their shift, and then another 2 miles walk to the billets, arriving there at 11.45 p.m. Vernon Ogden, R.N. who has just joined the Navy writes "Mr. Watkins (rector of Hoole) took me to the station on Monday night. It was very good of him. The food here is very good. We get four meals a day, and everything is very clean and tidy" . Ends "I will leave off now and will do my best to get into my hammock." Dvr. T. Coulton after saying how much he appreciates the N.L. goes on "I have been in hospital for three weeks and have had an operation.


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