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1942 news
August 12th 1942

My dear Lads,
First of all a reminder to you all to keep me up-to-date with any change of address. If you do this it will save us both a lot of bother and delay. Remember, the N.L. will always reach you in the end wherever you may be, but if you want it to come direct you must let us know your latest address. I was very pleased to find so many of the lads on leave coming to Church on the Sunday, and I hope that you will all continue this good practice. More and more am I convinced that we shall never win this war until we prove ourselves fit in the sight of God to administer the Peace. It is still true to say "It all depends upon God", but it is equally true to say "God depends upon me". And surely we should not expect God to entrust to us the great responsibility of administering the Peace unless and until we have proved ourselves worthy of being given so great a trust. Here is a thought that you might with advantage discuss with your friends. A good barrack room discussion, carried on in a friendly atmosphere, is both useful and instructive. With my best wishes and all my prayers,
Ever your sincere friend.

Home Front News.
Banns called out in Church for the first time on Sunday of Maggie Southern, Hesketh Lane and Ronald Albert Brain of Chipping Norton, a gunner in the R.As who was stationed near here some time ago. Arthur Parkinson, younger son of Mr. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane, is in the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, where he has had the cartilages of both knees removed. He is doing well and should be out shortly. Eric Booth, of Knoll Lane, Hoole (Nellie Harrison’s boy friend) has joined up. He went as far as Crewe with Sidney Ball. George Formby is appearing personally at the Garrick at Southport all this week. Pilot Officer Harold Rawlinson, Bretherton, broadcast from Cairo the week before last while the rector was away. Hence the delay in the information. Mr. Herbert Parkinson broadcast on Sunday last from Broadcasting House, London, on Hesketh Bank and neighbourhood. Mrs. Frank McCarthy, (nee Ursula Hind), has christened her little girl Claire. Dick Blundell has sent a very excellent photograph to be added to the gallery of lads serving in H.M. Forces in the Lady Chapel. Billy Parkinson (Church Road) has sent a cablegram to his wife saying that he has landed safely somewhere in the middle east. Mrs. Philip Rigby has received a letter from her husband from aboard ship. Frank Timperley, Harry Cookson and Jimmy Sutton are all home on leave, the latter for 48 hrs only. Ronnie Melling was home last week. Preston Holidays all this week, but it will make very little difference as most people are working. Tom Parkinson and Arthur Harrison and Dan Stazicker all on leave this week. Ronnie Johnson came home for 48 hrs. at week end. Any lads finding themselves in Colombo, Ceylon, should call at the Cathedral and ask for the Rev. George Arndt, and say that the rector has sent them. They will receive a real welcome and be made at home at once. The rector has received a very good photograph of Bert Fawke, R.N. (Thank you, Bert, I can see the photo gallery becoming quite popular now). As I write this I am listening to Mr. Herbert Parkinson broadcasting from London on Hesketh Bank tomatoes. I told him before he went to mention Tarleton and I was very glad to hear him do so. Still more lads on leave this week end;- Bert Melling, William Bridge, Ralph Whitehead. Also Margaret Garlick and Evelyn Taylor have received calling up notices.

Extracts from Letters.
Sapper Dick Johnson who has been in the middle east for nearly two years writes an airgaraph dated July 27th saying, "I have received quite a lot of mail with a good sprinkling of N.Ls for which I am very grateful. By the time I have finished reading them and they have taken their turn round the truck another batch will be due. A few days ago I had a very pleasant day's leave in Alexandria. I tried to contact Dick Gabbott but was informed that he had moved on again." L/Cpl Jimmy Burns also sends an airgraph from the M.E.F. He says “Many thanks for the N.Ls. Who do you think came escorting a convoy of lorries on a motor cycle into our Depot? Young Harley McKean. I was very glad to see him. He saw his O.C. and got off for the night and stayed with me until the next morning and we had quite a good time together. He has been at the depot all this week, and I wish he were here now so that he could put his signature on this letter." (Jim Burns has been in the M.E.F. for over two years, but it seems only yesterday that Harley McKean was sitting in one of the rectory arm chairs). Jim, who ends his letter "Cheerio, old Jim", wishes to be remembered to his many brothers in the Forces. Trooper Ted Barnish, who after very heavy tank fighting in Burma had to take to the jungle and trek it to India, writes "These last three months we have had a very hard time fighting in the Burma Campaign. I've had some very narrow escapes. And now I've just had a surprise. A N.L. dated 11 12 41 has just been handed to me. It's the one with your Christmas Card enclosed but its badly torn; rather late but very welcome; and did you receive my Christmas Card, Rector?" (Yes, Ted's Christmas Card arrived safely, and many thanks for it. It was acknowledged in one of the March N.Ls). Cadet Stanley Baldwin writes to say that his infant son is to be christened on August 30th., which, for us, is old Church Sunday, and will be given the names Robert Wilkin. The ceremony will be at the Parish Church, Fishguard. He goes on "I have been mentioned in the King's Birthday Honours List, and the Commander in Chief has been pleased to approve of the award of a Certificate of Good Service to me. As soon as I get the actual thing I will let you see it. I regret to say that the "old school tie" still plays a very prominent part in the selection of potential officers, and many good fellows in the ranks will never get the chance because they did not go to the right school." LAC Tom Smith writes "I believe you want Tarleton lads in the Forces to send photographs. One of these days I will make an effort and face the ordeal. Our normal life here consists largely of working, eating and sleeping. A couple of days ago I went to see the film "How Green was my Valley". If you are in the habit of visiting cinemas I should advise you to see this one really an exquisite piece of work:" AC2 Charlie Wright (Mere Brow,) not to be confused with the other Charlie Wight (Chuck) also from Mere Brow, writes, "I am billeted in the next street to Hugh Melling and John Sutton, and I have also met Harold Pilkington. I would like to be remembered to Charlie Wright (Chuck), and Robert Bond (Mere Brow). I think Amy life is not so bad but they always say that the first five years are the worst. I don't know but we shall have to wait and see. When you go up the Guard Room and Jimmy Holmes is on guard remember me to him and all the lads." Dvr Bert Price writes "We have just travelled 200 miles and are not very far from my brother Harry, so you can bet I’ll be on the lookout for him. We have just finished a six weeks’ hardening course and are now prepared to meet either Jerry, Japs or Wops." Goes on "Please convey my best wishes to the following special pals, my brother Harry, Bill Sutton, Jim Leacy, Harry Cookson, Harry Harrison and all the lads everywhere.” Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) says "I have been shifting round the country a bit lately, but I receive my N.L. alright. I am still with the 16 chaps I started my training with. There are 4 of us in this billet from around Southport, also there is a chap by name of Fred Taylor from Hesketh Lane." Pte Fred Taylor (the "other chap" mentioned in Dick’s letter) also writes this week to say "It is all up and down hill here. How are you going on for Air Raids? We had one every night last week. I hope that you will remember me to all in Tarleton." Dvr.Joe Wait says "As you will see I have changed my address, but I know the N.Ls will find me once they have been dispatched; they would find anyone if they moved to the other side of the world.” (You are right, Joe, Eric Hind escaped from Malaya and the first thing he received when he got there was a News Letter. See also Ted Barnish in this issue. After weeks of trekking through the jungle he no sooner reaches civilisation than a N.L. is handed to him) Joe goes on “ I don‘t know when I shall be seeing the village again; I shall have to think about getting married to get some more leave, but I am not ready to take the plunge yet. Pte Dick Townsley says “the food up here isn‘t bad considering it is Scotch. We are busy at this training centre. They say its one of the toughest in the country, and I can believe it is so. We start our day at 6.15 a.m. and we are at it all day until 6.30 pm. Please give my regards to all the lads from Tarleton especially Alf Rowland’s lads from Carr Lane." Sapper George Barker says "As we are still amongst the shepherds I have not a great deal to tell you. To give you some idea of how far we are from civilisation, we are seven miles from the nearest shop where we can buy a packet of cigarettes. I have come in contact with another Tarleton lad, Dan Johnson of Higher Lane, his camp is about four miles away. I met him while watching our football team playing the R.A.F. in a challenge charity match. One of the lads has just come in to say that arrangements have been made to have all the company down at the final for shouting purposes, so I can see some fun coming."


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