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Village news August 1942
August 26th 1942

My dear lads and lassies,
First of all I owe an apology to Jimmy Burns who is in the Middle East for giving him the rank of L/cp in last week’s issue. He is, of course, a Corporal, a rank which he has held for some time. Sorry Jimmy.
I hope that you will all make a point of being present at one or the other of the Services which will undoubtedly be held wherever you may be on the day of National Prayer, Thursday, September 3rd. Remember the words of our Lord which are as true to day as the day on which they were spoken "Apart from Me, ye can do nothing". Let us feel that on that day we are all remembering each other before the Throne of God, and all remembering the needs of our country, our Empire and our Allies.
May God Bless you all,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Mrs. Tom Melling (Gorse Lane) had a little son on Monday but it only lived a short time. Mrs. Melling is doing well. Joyce Gornall, whose family since the beginning of the war have lived with the Tom Harrisons at Jumps Farm, Mere Brow, has won the Tarleton Scholarship for this year. Tarleton Home Guard have won the Guard mounting and bayonet fighting events in the inter platoon competitions. Hesketh Bank won the bomb throwing event. Mrs. Jimmy Holmes (Gorse Lane) has presented her husband with a fine little girl. She is to be christened Ena Marjorie. Mrs. Robert Bonney, (nee Wendy Giddon), of Cuerdon Farm, has presented Robert with bonny twins, a boy and a girl. Mother and children are doing well. Robert Bonney senior told the rector that his Mother also had twins so it must run in the family. Agnes Spencer, Mary Baybutt, Mary Ashcroft, Annie Bridge, Alma McMarn, Muriel Hodson, Nora Forshaw, all still at School, ran a Garden Party, Whist Drive and Bring and Buy Sale on the Rectory Lawn on Wednesday. Quite a large number of guests. The proceeds came to £13. 7s. which were divided equally between the M.U. Comforts Fund, and the News Letter Fund. Constance Ritchings, who is a nurse at Blackburn Infirmary, was married in Tarleton Parish Church on Thursday to Thomas Coggins who is in the employment of the Blackburn Corporation, but is now in the Army. Mrs. Bert Price (nee Muriel Cookson of Hesketh Bank) has presented Bert with a hefty son who is to be called Kenneth, Mr. Bentham, Kearsley Avenue is seriously ill. Billy Harrison is home on leave. Norman Barron is home on 28 days agricultural leave. Mrs. Fred Taylor, (nee Alice Holdcroft) Hesketh Lane, sprained her ankle very badly at work. Her husband got 48 hours leave to come over and fix things up. Mr. I.T. Peters, B.A., who, for the sake of those who have been in the Army from the beginning of the war, we must explain has for the past three years been head master of our Church schools, has received a Commission in the R.A.F.V.R, and has been appointed Officer Commanding the Tarleton and District Squadron of the A.T.C. Walter Penn is being married on September 5th. Alf Rowland R.A.F. has written home to his Mother saying that he has arrived safely in Canada. Royal Artillery Cadet Stanley Baldwin's son is being christened on Sunday next at Fishguard, with the names of Robert Wilkin. The Tarleton Home Guard are holding a Gymkana in the Rectory Grounds on Saturday Sept. 19th. There will be inter section Competitions etc, and displays. The Public will be invited to witness it. Dick Barron's son was christened John on Sunday. Old Church Sunday next Sunday. Mrs. Alf Wright (nee Linda Abram.) has presented her husband with his first son.

Dvr. Billy Parkinson, who is now in the Middle East sends an Airgraph saying I have now arrived safely amongst the sand and flies. I have not met any Tarleton lads so far but hope to do so in the near future. I have not had any N.Ls. since I left England and only three letters from home which were posted in May. I had a very pleasant voyage on the boat although I was sea sick at first, but soon found my sea legs. We got four days leave at... and I had a good time there with plenty of food and fruit to eat". Telegraphist Bert Fawke, R.N. says: Life here goes on pretty much as usual with the usual dances, pictures, theatres etc, and nothing really worth writing about, so I envy the Tarleton lads who are able to talk about trekking through the jungle". I am glad to hear that Dick Blundell and Charlie Wright (Gas) are still liking service life, as I am myself. I would like to be remembered to John Webster and Jimmy Homes and Bill Whittle’s Guard". Sergeant Ernie Ball writes. "As you will notice I have changed my address slightly, the reason being these R.D.Is (Reserve Driver Increments) are badly in need of training and I for one, have to see they get some. It is very much like the old Bulford days, and I seem quite lost at times, having so little to do, as I only take them for drill and a few lectures now and again. The weather here is lousy, rain, then rain, and a little more rain for a change. I was very sorry to hear that your father had passed away, because I know that he was one of your few remaining links in this world." O.A.S. Jimmy Sutton, R.N. says: "I have my 'hook' up now which makes me a leading hand. I start a three months gunnery course this week. I shall not be home till Christmas. We are all going ashore to day to buy 'tiddly' suits, so there will be a bit of tiddlying going one, you can bet. Thanks very much for the N.L." A.C.1 Sidney Rutter says “We are having a pretty stiff training. We are at it from 5.30 am. until 6 p.m. and have to march 6 miles per day for meals. I have now been here nearly seven weeks and have only another week to go before I am posted. I am hoping to get a bit nearer home. I am enclosing my photo to add to your collection". Gunner Alan Barnes writes: "The Padre here is a very charming fellow indeed; if we have any troubles at all he will do his best to try and straighten things out for us. Please remember me to all the lads in the Forces, especially to my brothers-in law Harry Harrison, Richard Townsley and Billy Benjamin. Life in Camp is not bad apart from being away from home. We are out driving most of the day and the countryside here is beautiful." A.C.1. Walter Rawsthorne writes a long letter from Canada in which he says "I am still in the best of health despite the heat and the mosquitoes we now have out here. My pal and I managed to get 48 hrs. last week end which we spent in our nearest town a hundred miles south. We have made some really great friends there, and even if we have only enough money for railway fare, we are always assured of a good time. We are in the middle of our Camp football season with my section holding second place. The competition is very keen and it is nothing to find some of the boys hobbling round on sticks. In fact we have two with broken legs and one with a broken jaw. I was pleased to note that Robert Barron and Vera Iddon wished to be remembered to me. Will you please return the kind regards in some future N.L. and also to Tom Rigby who, I hope, is still in England (No Walter, Tom has gone to the Middle East and has arrived there safely). Our Station has donated more money to the great Canadian Red Cross drive than any other Unit in Canada. Not so bad for a batch of poor lads and a few scotsmen", Vernon Ogden, R.N. writes:- "I am here on a six weeks course. The Camp is built in a very quiet spot at the foot of a mountain. It is lovely scenery and would be very nice if we could stop here the duration. Remember me to all the lads in the Forces especially those from Tarleton and Hoole". Pte. Arthur Harrison says in his letter;- All the boys who were not on guard or anything have been away all day on agriculture. They have been helping the farmers to pick flax. We don’t grow any at home but I think its cotton or something like that". (As a matter of fact Arthur, the Fibre of Flax is made into linen, and from the seed get linseed). Pte. Ronnie Sergeant says: "The busy time I am now having is due to the fact that our vehicles have been doing to a lot of work lately, therefore their defects have accumulated. Since I became mechanic here I have been kept at it doing repairs. I don’t mind the late hours though as I like the job, and it is better than footslogging anyhow." Corpl. Robert Moss says:- “As you know I am now a Flying Instructor. I like the job very much, and also find it very interesting flying over numerous towns. We get on well with the Pilots who are always showing us some place of interest. I would like to fly over Tarleton but it is rather a long way. Up to now I have the total of 150 flying hours, so I am not doing so badly. I believe Malcolm Parkinson is under training in our camp, but as yet I have not contacted him. (No Bob, Malcolm is still in America). Pte. Joe Porter writes, “We had a large Church Parade last Sunday, and the Lord Bishop of Bristol kindly consented to attend this particular service. In spite of fact that our Church services are held in what we term the “Mob, Stores", the preparations for the service were so perfect that one felt the warm atmosphere of the Church„ I had the pleasure of playing the organ for the service. The instrument is from a blitzed house in -- , we got it as a gift to be used for the sole purpose of being played for Church services." AC2 Freddy Coupe says "I am getting on fine at my new camp. The course is interesting; I am now doing 16 words a minute at Morse. The technical side is very interesting transmitters, wireless, flag and camp signalling."


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