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Home front news 1942
September 10th 1942

My Dear Boys and Girls,
You will see in the "Home Front News" about the really inspiring service we had last Thursday evening, the Day of National prayer. For the first time, I think, in Tarleton Church, it really was a United Service, for Mr. Richard Tindsley, representing the Tarleton Methodists, read the first lesson and Mr. Harry Jackson, representing the Hesketh Lane Methodists, read the second lesson. The Church was so packed we had to bring in chairs to make extra accomodation. What good such spasmodic efforts really do could well be a subject of discussion in barrack room or billlet. But I suppose that you will all agree that what is really needed is a complete turning of the hearts of all men to God. Here is something you might well discuss with your friends ; Is it better for the few faithful to plead day by day, the Great Cause before the Throne of God, or is it more effective, and if so in what direction, to add to the prayers of the faithful those of a multitude whipped up for the purpose? I am not giving you my answer, but it does provide food for thought and discussion. With my love and my blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend,

The Day of National Prayer was well observed. The Communion Services in the morning were particularly well attended. For the Special Service in the evening the Church was packed, extra chairs having to be brought in. All the local National Services attended. The D.A.C.G. preached an excellent and most inspiring sermon. The A.T.C. wore their new uniform for the first time, and the D.A.C.G. reviewed them in the Rectory Drive before the service. The Collection, which came to £12. 10s, and is being divided between the Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Aid Society and the Army Missionary Association. Sergt, Ernie Ball has been admitted to a hospital in Scotland suffering from stomach trouble. The last letter received by his parents says that he is much easier. Maggie Southern was married on Saturday morning to Gunner Ronald Brain. A very pretty, but very quiet wedding. On Saturday afternoon Nellie Cookson was married to Lieut. Ronald Cooke. Nellie wore a beautiful white silk dress, a long train of very fine lace, orange blossoms, and carried a real horseshoe, silvered and tied up with white satin ribbons. Corpl. Harry Taylor was best man. Petty Officer Nick Taylor, R.N. got leave and brought a friend, also in the Navy, with him. Mr. Harold Webster was at the organ. Reception and Wedding Breakfast at Garlick’s. Honeymoon at Colwyn Bay. Gdsn. Arthur Molyneux, home on leave, was helping George Sutton, Blackgate Lane to take a few young pigs to market in the trailer of George’s car when trailer overturned in Coe Lane and Arthur had to chase one refractory pig all down the lane before he caught it. Everyone busy this week in the fields gathering the harvest. The Rector’s glebe field his produced a good crop of wheat this year, and for once no one has pinched the apples from the orchard. Tom Wareing Becconsall Lane, H.B., marries Annie Hornby, Chapel Lane H.B., next Saturday at H.B. Parish Church. At Rabbit show at Preston on Saturday, Mr. William Harrison, Church Road, won 1st. 2nd. and 3rd. Prizes for his Dutch Rabbits; his brother Harry, won third for a Blue Beverans, and young Stanley Glover got a special in the same class. Billy Harrison and Stanley Johnson H,B, have both came to England. Stanley is now on leave and Billy hopes to get home for the day on Sunday. The Misses Chapman have promised the Rector 10/- a week for the N.L. Mrs. Wignall (Fulwood Ave.) and Mrs. Coupe held a Garden Party on Tuesday and gave the Rector £2.10s. for N.L. Fund. Billy Hudson Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, joins up on Thursday. Dick Blundell home for 28 days on agricultural leave.

L/cpl. Frank Foster sends a long letter. Says "Since leaving --- I have slept in hammocks, in palm leaf huts, in tents on Mother Earth, and for weeks on end in the back of a truck, to say nothing of a few nights in a tea factory, I've eaten biscuits and bully in large quantities, bananas and pineapple, mangoes, and I've drunk coconut toddy and arack and of course, Ceylon tea. I’ve seen rubber seeping from the trees, have ridden home in a rickshaw, and I've seen yellow clad Buddhist priests. Cook’s Tour with expenses paid!! Just in time to save me from going dotty in the land of the Pharaohs. Will you please pass on via the N.L. my good wishes to all the village lads?". Flight Sergt. Davies writes from one of the most beautiful spots in England to say, "I have no doubt that you will know this part of the country well, for surely all lovers of rural England will have, at some time or other, visited these beautiful parts". (Yes, the Rector knows it very well. If Sergt. Davies will call at the Northwick Hotel, ask for the proprietor, Mr. R.L. Nicholson, shew him his N,L, and he will be perfectly sure of a very hearty welcome. Try it.) Sergt. Davies continues "At this place we got crewed up and as a crew we do all our flying together. In my own particular crew we have an Australian, New Zealander, two Englishmen and myself, quite an International crew". Dvr. Don Iddon sends an airgraph from the M.E.F. saying "It seems a bit strange not getting the N.Ls once a week now, but I daresay they will be coming all at once. I met a lad out here in the Scots Guards who knew Jack Moss and Sgt. Dewhurst." Stoker Tom Spenser R.N, writes, "I like the extra bit at the beginning of your N.Ls. I think the girls will think the letter is for them as well as the lads. I had a letter from Jack Robinson the other day to say that he expects to be home about the 28th. I should be home somewhere about the same time. Thank you for remembering me to Eva and Doris through the N.L.” AC2 Harold Pilkington writes “I must say that it is very interesting to know what is going on in the village and what the boys are doing in such scattered parts of the world, and the British Isles. I would like to be remembered to George Burns and also Harry Iddon and also two of my school friends Evelyn Taylor and Eva Foulds. It seems rather strange to start learning to drive again the R.A.F. way, but I have found out that if all civilian drivers did the same there would be less accidents on the road. I left Hugh Melling and John Sutton at - where they are on their course". L/cpl. Tommy Burns writes a long letter in which he says "I am just getting back to my old habit of writing like I used to have when I was in France. We have quite a lot of work to do this week and next, when we shall either be training or helping the farmers to get their fruit in. Please send my best wishes to my brothers Cpl. Jimmy Burns, Gdsn, G. Burns, Petty Officer Dick Burns R.N., and my brothers in law Harry Forrest M.E.F. and Trooper George West; also to my pals Sappers Dick Johnson and Dick Gabbott, both of the M.E.F. and also to Hugh Rowland whose address I would like to have". (Send him a P.C. Hugh with your address at the top). Gunner Harry Woosey writes from hospital to say " I am very comfortable just at present. I have still got this three inch screw in my knee. The nurse here is massaging my leg for a month while I am in bed. I shall not be able to walk for quite a while yet. Please remember me to all the lads especially those who are a long way from home. I am sure you will be repaid for introducing your N.Ls to all the Tarleton lads. When we have won this war there won’t half be a large congregation for your work. We shall be drawn together all united as one". (Human memory Harry, is very short.) Sergt. Jimmy Leacy, C.M.P. says "I am back on an old job instructing. From time to time groups of partly trained men arrive here to be finished off and at the moment it is my job to do it. It is three years this week since I left home to report for Active Service. I can’t pass that over without praise for your efforts to keep all of us united. It was in France that I first received the N.L. I was in the first small group to receive them. Before closing I would like to be remembered to all my friends in the Forces, and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Price and best wishes to Harry Cookson”. Pte. Kenneth Robshaw, who at the time of writing was still on the high seas, says "I have had a few days on land since I last wrote to you, and my it was grand. It seems a very long time since I last received the N.L. and I seem lost without receiving any mail. I have met a few lads from my last Unit which I was with about 18 months ago. It sees grand to see some of your good old mates again. Please remember me to all the lads". AC1 Tom Parkinson (Congrats Tom, on your promotion) writes “Last week I won 5/- for shooting with a .22 rifle at 25 yards range. It was in connection with the A.T.C. Sports Day. I had the highest score in our team. Last Saturday I was on a Guard of Honour Parade for the visit of an A.C.M. to our Station, with all the inspections first of all by our own Officers, and then with the A.C.M. afterwards. I am pleased to say it all went off well. Please remember me to all the S.S. Teachers and the boys of my class". L.A.C. Bert Barron says "As you will notice I have been moved once again, this time to Beds. I don’t suppose I will be here very long but one does’nt know much these days".


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