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Servicemens newsletter WWII
September 5th 1942

My dear boys and girls,
With this letter I am sending a stamped postcard which I ask you to return to me immediately. I do my very utmost to keep completely up to date with all your addresses, but there are still a number of you who send inefficient addresses or fail to let me know when you have moved. All this means waste of money for the letters I send you are returned. There are still a few from whom I rarely or never hear although the N.L. is sent to than regularly every week. I should greatly value the courtesy of a letter from these, and at least I hope that they will send back the postcard duly filled in with the information asked for. This is rather more of a business letter than usual but, as you know, I do want to keep in close touch with you all and to do that I must know your correct postal address. And while on this subject I would ask you always to draw my attention to any change of address and not to assume that I know it. Well! to finish on a human note, when your birthdays come round I should like to know under what circumstances they are kept. I, myself, in my soldiering days kept some of my birthdays under very queer conditions. With my prayers and my thoughts ever with you all,
ever your affectionate friend,

Home Front News.
Mr. Henry Fairbairn, Partner and Managing Director of Henry Alty Ltd., joins up on Sept. 7th. He has received a Commission in the R.A.S.C. Abram Wright home on agricultural leave. Harry Crook, Arthur Molyneux, Frank Cairns, Jack Edmonson home on leave. John Webster has left to join the Royal Navy. Mrs. Albert Bannister has presented her husband with another son. Sid Ball writes home to say that in the Barracks in the south England where he is stationed be came across Mrs. Benjamin’s niece’s husband who is working in the Barracks' Post Office. He told Sid he knew Tarleton well and said that Billy Benjamin was his Best man at his wedding. A Mrs. Canwell of Manchester, has bought the late Mr. Richard Whitehead's house in Fulwood Avenue. Marjorie Utley of Rufford is in the same A.T.S. Unit as Evelyn Taylor. Eric Edmonson (Chip Shop) joins up this week. Some members of the Mobile Assistance Unit, from Manchester, are camped just over the canal bridge at Town End. They all sleep in a van as large as a pantechnicon, in bunks three tiers high. They also have erected a large tent for meals etc. Mrs. George Spenser has given the Rector £1 for the News Letter Fund which was part of the proceeds of a "Draw" which she and other ladies had got up. In a Bowling Green Raffle Mrs. Rigby, Coe Lane, won two pigs. In the ladies bowling tournaments Mrs. Richard Iddon (Hesketh Lane) won the Cup presented by Mr. Albert Lund. Mrs. George Spenser senior was the runner up. Robert Hull (Turnpike) joins up on Thursday. Army Engineer Officer Johnny Hague is at home studying for his next examination 2nd Engineer. Last Sunday was Old Church Sunday. In spite of raining cats and dogs all the morning and afternoon there was quite a reasonable attendance at Church. It cleared up in the evening when the Church was packed and chairs had to be brought in. The Collection was a record one. On Saturday next Maggie Southern marries Gunner Ronald Brain at 10a.m. and Nellie Cookson marries 2nd Lieut. Ronald Cooke, R.A. at 2.30 pm. Both bridegrooms belong to the same Battery and both the Weddings take place in Tarleton Parish Church. Further details next week. Bob Barron (Hesketh Lane) home on leave and also Charlie Wright. The rector’s Moscovy ducks have presented him with 20 bonnie little ducklings. Billy Harrison’s (Kearsley Avenue) twenty first Birthday last Thursday. Luckily he was home on leave and had a very good Birthday Party in the evening. The rector is presenting the Tarleton Home Guard with a silver challenge cup for inter section competition. It will be suitably inscribed and will remain the property of the platoon. Land Army has come to Mere Brow; Marsden's, at the Legh Arms has one, and it is reported that there is another in the hamlet, we refer to girls, not Armies. Miss Kathleen Topping is superintending the Flag Day which is being held next Saturday for the Church Army Canteens for the Forces.

Extracts from Letters.
Marine Ken Nicholson sends an airgraph from somewhere in the Pacific saying "We have just received our first mail for three months. You can see what happens if I try to make a letter interesting; they just get to work with a razor. I hope that you will pass on my best wishes to those who have had bad news since my last letter. I did not know that there were so many of the boys in Singapore. What a glad sound to them when they hear the roar of British guns and what a grand sight when they see the Union Jack hoisted out there once more". Trooper Alec Barnish in an air mail says "I believe the old saying now that I am myself in the desert, nothing to be seen only sand and flies. It was very nice to have the opportunity of reading, out here in the desert, those few words from the Bishop and our two outside local ministers. I was just thinking that you would have your job on cycling your way through the desert here, for it takes us all our time to walk in some places. Please remember me to my brother Ted, also cousins and friends serving in the Forces from our little, but, nowadays, well known village. I have now lost touch with Bill Davonport who is in hospital somewhere out here. You will know the boy, he keeps company with Srgt. Jack Bourn’s sister from Rufford". AC1 Harry Rigby sends an airgraph with the following "Things with us have now settled down again but I am still in the desert. I have had my moments, believe me, and I have done some fast travelling. The amount of work which the South African Air Force and the R.A.F. have put in is terrific, and we hope that it has helped the boys on the ground. Please remember me through the N.L. to my old pals Stan Baldwin, Nick Forshaw, Ronnie Iddon, and Yorrie Davies, who, I believe, has just returned from America. To those overseas I say "roll on the boat“. Seaman Frank MacKean R.N. who is on a very famous ship, writes "This afternoon I caught a dozen herring and whiting. I also hold the record for the first cod caught on board the ----. A fishing match was held on board. There were prizes for the biggest fish, the most and the smallest. This is how the torpedo men are spending their night, 4 with myself are writing, 2 sewing, 4 reading, 4 playing crib, and other are watching an inter mess darts match. On his return to the ship, Chief Petty Officer Hornby told me that he had had a chat with you, and that Tarleton was standing the strain magnificently. It is good to hear first hand news of the village you call your own". (Chief P.O. Hornby, an old Tarleton C.E. School boy, who now lives at Hoole, called on the rector during his recent leave. Frank MacKean is on his ship) Pte. Sid Ball sends his first, but very welcome letter saying "It is grand to get word about all that is happening in the old village . Being an old soldier yourself you will know what moving a whole company means. The worst part of the Army seems to be the Red Tape, for we get a lot of it here. Please remember me to all my pals in your next N.L. and also tell Nick Taylor that I was asking if he had trained Reg to do the long and short point properly yet, that is a bit of bayonet fighting. The old village will be getting empty if they call many more men up". Dvr. Dick Blundell writes "I am taking the opportunity of my Sunday afternoon to catch up with my fan mail. First of all I want to thank you for the N.L. and the regularity with which it turns up. The impression of us all is that we should get stuck into Hitler now and get the job over; so here's to better and bigger raids. Please remember me to Jimmy Holmes and his Guard, Alf and Hugh Rowland, Stan Quinlan and Lewis Clarke”. Gunner John Hornby (Fermor Road), writes "I am enclosing a photo of myself as I see you like to have one of us all. I should like to know how Harry Woosey is going on. I will let you know when I move again as I don't want to miss any more N.L. s". Gunner Harry Woosey writes "The doctor is going to take the screw out of my knee and also the piece of wire. Then there will be still more pain. Never mind, the sun will shine again. (see N.L. dated Aug. 19 for account of accident). We lost the game 5 goals to 3, and everyone was saying that if I had kept on the field we should not have lost as we were the better team till I got my injury". Sergt. Ernie Ball, who has moved to a new address north of the Tweed says "I was posted to this Coy yesterday and can hardly say as yet whether I like it or not. I have had my wife up here for the week end. I have had two letters from Sid since he joined up and by the way he writes he seems to be settling down to the new life''. Pte. Arthur Worth writes “We are having a good stiff training and it's the life for young men. We have good billets and jolly good food, and I only wish that other fellows up and down the country are as happily situated". Artificer Jimmy Sutton, R.N. says "I have had quite a lot of mail lately as it has all been lost and so it all came at once including last week's N.L. I am glad to hear that Arthur Parkinson is getting better from his operation. I did not know he was in hospital until I got the N.L. We have quite a lot of studying to do now, and we do most of it in bed at night. It sinks in better then. We only have one watch every fourth night, so its not so bad. AC Stanley Quinlan writes "Well, we are getting nearer to the Sunny South although it has done nothing but rain. The Station here is very up to date and we have all types of conveniences in the way of showers and baths etc.”


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