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War nesletter from Lancashire
August 19th 1942

My dear Lads and Lasses.
The girls will be interested to see that I have taken Tom Spensers suggestion and in the future will include them in my personal remarks, although I have always given extracts from their letters. Another good point that has been made in this week's letter bag is that by George West. I do my best to keep in touch with those who come on leave, but this is a very large parish and it does sometimes, although rarely, happen that lads have come on leave and returned before I have heard about it. This means that their homecoming is not reported in the N.L. The only solution is for every lad, as most, indeed do, to give me a call when on leave. Also it must be remembered that it sometimes happens that I cannot squeeze extracts from all the letters received in one week into the N.L. I take them in rotation, so that if you do not see your letter reported one week, you are almost certain to see it included in the following week's extracts. For instance, last week I was compelled to hold over several extracts, and this week I find a letter from Jack Parker still unanswered although it was sent on July 30th. I will see that it has first place next week. And please remember, I like, and never resent, criticisms and suggestions about the N.L. All I want is to keep us all together as one complete village family although scattered all aver the world, and to enable us all to keep in touch with each other wherever we may be. With my love and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate Pastor,

Home Front News.
Mrs. Harry Iddon (Nee Nellie Sephton) has a little son. Both mother and baby doing well. A lorry carrying barrels of cheese hit the kerb at the Windgate and overturned. No harm was done to the cheese. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Taylor, Fermor Road, celebrated their Diamond Wedding on Sunday. Mrs. T. was a Farrington, sister of the late Mrs. James Whittle and Mrs. John Spenser. The rector called on the happy couple and congratulated them on the occasion. Both are in good health. When the rector called on the Monday, Hugh was doing the garden and his wife the washing. Mrs. Hugh has recently been presented with a certificate given by the Red Cross in token of having knitted over 100 pairs of socks for the Forces since the war began. This is supposed to be the first Diamond Wedding to be recorded in Tarleton. Mrs. George Barron, Hesketh Lane, was present at their wedding. Mrs. John Spenser, Whittles Farm who was Mrs. Taylor's sister, died on Monday and was buried at Tarleton on Thursday. Mr. Herbert Parkinson who broadcast on Sunday last, has returned home. He says he already has a large fan mail, one person addressing the envelope "The Joiner, Market Gardener, Tomato-Grower and Broadcaster, Hesketh Bank. The writer of the letter said he did not catch the name, but the letter was delivered alright. Harry Parkinson, Mr. Herbert's younger son, who came home from the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, on Wednesday. He is doing well. Banns called out for the first time on Sunday, of Maggie Southern, Hesketh Lane, and Ronal Albert Brain, of Chipping Norton, who is a Gunner in the R.A. and who, for a short time was billeted at H.B. Also of Nellie (Ellen) Cookson, Wesley Cottages, and Lieut. Ronald Cooke, of Colwyn Bay and Wolverhampton, also in the R.A. and also for some time billeted at H.B. Jack Marsden and Billy Dobson on leave . John Webster has received his calling up papers for the Navy. William (Bill) Barker, who married Edie Iddon, goes on Thursday. Arthur Dandy, People's Churchwarden, goes for his Medical on Monday, Margaret Garlick and Evelyn Taylor have both joined the A.T.S. this week. Mr. Arthur Worth, Hesketh Lane has received his calling up papers. Percy Sanderson, who has been in Preston Infirmary for an operation, is now home and is doing well. Mr. John Edgar, Sollom Lock, is in Preston Infirmary. Mrs. Pearson Hesketh Lane has received a cablegram from her daughter Nurse Norah Pearson, (Queen Alexandra Nursing Staff) saying that she has arrived safely at her destination somewhere in the east. The Deputy Assistant Chaplain General for this District has promised to give the Address at the Tarleton National Service of Intercession on September 3rd. Tarleton Home Guard turned out in full strength on Sunday when Ribble buses took them to a well known Public School to fire on the range. Melling's wagon, Johnny Burns driving, took Alf Rowland with full equipment to make dinners.

Extracts from Letters.
AC2 Freddy Coupe's letter, squeezed out of last week's, says, "The food we get is exceptionally good, in fact for tea yesterday we had boiled ham. The washing business is bad in the morning, but that is about all I can grumble at. The course is becoming very interesting. I can do 14 words a minute at Morse, and we are just starting with flags and lamps. "We are just starting on the technical side of it and by the time I finish I ought to be able to make a wireless set". Stoker Tom Spenser, R.N. makes a suggestion. He writes, "By the way sir, don't you think it would be nice to put at the beginning of your much welcomed letter by all of us, “My dear Lads and Lasses”, since there are quite a number of girls from home in the Forces?" (Yes Tom, quite a good suggestion). Tom wishes to be remembered to Eva Foulds and Doris Molyneux, both W.A.A.F.s, and all away from Tarleton. Pte. Lewes Clark writes, "I hope it is not too late to wish you many happy returns of your Birthday. I am stationed right on the coast, and a proper lonely spot it is, you can only see the sea for miles around. There are only about a dozen houses round here. We have been training with live ammunition. It is just like the real thing, you don't half put a move on when you hear them whistling over your head". Dvr. Albert Becconsall says "I am afraid that I have rather neglected writing to you, but I have been moved from one section to another and have been kept very busy. When I went on sick parade the Doctor said that I had jaundice, so I had to go to Military Hospital. I am still in bed, but hope to be out soon and on my feet again. I have not seen the last two N.Ls as they have not been sent on. Would you be kind enough to remember me to Dick Taylor from Sugar Stubbs Farm, and also to A .C. John Sutton, from opposite the Church, also to Charlie Wright". LAC Tom Smith, always writes an interesting letter. This time he says, "Life here goes on in very much the same way, and the days are very much alike. We get up, eat, work, and rest according to a well-defined schedule and this ordered existence effects me so much that I get hungry or tired about the same time each day. A couple of weeks ago we had an early morning visit from Jerry. He slipped out of the clouds and flew across the aerodrome at about 50 feet slinging machine gun bullets at the men who were on their way to breakfast. The whole affair was over in the matter of seconds. Nobody was even scratched, so we were able to laugh it off. Down here we have been treated to a marvellous exhibition of the four seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, all in a few days. Pte. W. Seddon, writes, "We have been so very busy that we hardly had time to turn round. All the same I have received your N.L.s and they are grand. I had the one with all the names of the lads from Tarleton in the Forces, and one cannot realise that there are so many away until one sees all their names together. There is a tale going round that we are moving from here, so I am hoping that it will be somewhere nearer home. If you see anyone from Gatcliffe Farm tell them that I have asked about them". AC2 Harold Pilkington says "I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father who lived to a good age”. (Thank you Harold, I appreciate your Sympathy very much). He goes on "I must say that life, in the R.A.F. is not so bad as yet. But that probably is with being so comparatively near home. I have now got over the rifle and foot drill which I think is about the worst at the beginning of training. Well, sir, I will pay you a visit when I get home, but when that will be I cannot say”. Gunner Harry Woosey writes from hospital to say "I was very happy during my weeks training here, plenty of breaks, concerts, football etc. I got 2nd prize in running the ½ mile. The Colonel here arranged for eleven boys out of each billet to play football at nights for a silver cup. I was captain in my team and got 20 good lads who had played football before. I wanted us to win the cup. About 20 minutes from half-time we were making a draw, so I thought to myself, if we can just get a corner again, so I ran after the ball and as it was dropping to the ground the goalie took a flying kick at it,
missed it, and kicked my right knee, with the result that I got a fractured knee. I have two bones broken, tibia and fibula and a cartilage removed. I have now been in hospital five weeks and the specialist says I shall be in a very long while yet before I get up. He operated on me, and what a wonderful man he is! I have a thin piece of wire round one bone that is broken and a 3 inch screw to join the other one together: The nurses are very nice. Will you please remember me to Jack Robinson, Bill Sutton, and Jimmy Burns. I used to pal out with Jimmy in civvy street, before he got married. Tell him to keep his heart up and we will talk about old times when he comes home from the middle east. Also please remember me to all the Tarleton lads in the Forces". Trooper George West, writes, "I am writing these few lines hoping you will give me some reason why I have not been mentioned in the N.L. while on leave” (I answer all letters in their turn, George and if you mean why were you not mentioned as being on leave the fact is, that I did not know you were at home until the day I saw you, going back.


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