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News from home during WWII
September 16th 1942

My dear Boys and Girls,
Thank you very much for the courtesy of sending the postcards back so promptly. I have no easy task now with over 200 away and your help in keeping me up to date with your whereabouts is greatly appreciated.
Things are very quiet in the village just at present and so there is not very much in the way of interesting or startling news. By the way, if, when you are reading this N.L. you feel how nice it is to keep in close touch with the village and with your friends away by means of the short extracts from their letters, and if you are one of those very few who never let your friends know anything about you through the N.L., sit down at once and send me a letter so that your friends in every part of the world may know at least something about you, and how you are going on. With my love and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate friend,

William Hudson Slope Brow, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, joins the Navy on Thursday. Mr. William Price, Blackgate Lane, died on Saturday morning aged 67. He was buried at Tarleton on Tuesday, the first part of the funeral service being taken in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Methodist Minister, and the commital at the churchyard by the Rector. Harvest Thanksgiving at Rufford Parish Church on Sunday, the Rector of Tarleton preached in the morning, and the new Rector of Rufford, Mr. Steinley, the service at Tarleton. Got this story from Tom. H. Barron and Sam Marsh: Tom Sutton Blackgate Lane and John Willie Butterworth, Church Road, went to a Rabbit Show at Preston last Saturday, won prizes but the amount they won was not sufficient to get them right home. So they went as far as Walmer Bridge and walked the last three miles carrying their rabbits. And the rain came down in torrents. The Churchwardens held a dance in the Schools on Friday in aid of the News Letter. Good attendance. Total takings £19 odd. Mrs. Swift Coe Lane (Agnes Rigby), raffled some soap and some scent and made £5.15.9d. for the N.L. for which the Rector and we are sure all away from Tarleton, thank her. Mrs. Fred Twist sent a donation of £2 towards the cost of the N.L. Again we all thank her. We suggest that Jimmy Swift look out for S/757189, Sergeant Faulkner, R.A.S.C. M.T. Depot, who is billeted in the same town as Jimmy. He comes from Liverpool, attended St. Nathaniel, Windsor (Liverpool), and knows Tarleton and its Rector very well. If you see him Jimmy tell him that Jack Parker called on the Rector on Monday, Sept.7th. Elsie Winstantly Liverpool evacuee, whose parents lived at first with Tom Sutton and then moved to Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, joined the A.T.S. on Thursday. One of Willie Harrison’s mates was drowned at Grasmere last week and was buried at Burscough on Saturday. His people live at Burscough and he was an only son. Willie who is now billeted in England came home on Sunday afternoon. Fred Forshaw has now come so near home that he has been granted a S.O.P. Big Bowling Green "do" on Saturday. Silcocks brought their round-a-bouts, there were tournaments on the Bowling Green and a Dance in the evening. All the proceeds are to go towards the Comforts Fund for those in the Forces and the Bowling Green hopes to send each man away £1 for a Christmas present. It will take £200 to do this, and that sum is almost in hand already. The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Iddon, Gorse Lane, was christened Martin on Sunday by the Rector, Mrs. Iddon was of course, Ellen Sephton. Mere Brow Church Harvest next Sunday. It is also Croston Harvest on Sunday next. Serg. Nich. Dewhurst is home on leave. John Gidden (Blackgate Lane) is being married on Saturday next to Mary Tindsley also of Blackgate Lane, at the Methodist Chapel. Sergt. Ernie Ball, who is in a Scottish Hospital is doing well and is now out of bed.

A.C. Jimmy Swift, R.A.F. send an airgraph from Kenya, saying "I am in the best of health and am getting climatised to this weather, although Winter is not yet finished (his letter was written on August 20th.) There is a beautiful Cathedral here and I manage to get there on Sunday nights. I do appreciate what the Church means to us. I have met two lads I know out here one from Scarisbrick, the other from Upholland. Kind regards to all at Tarleton. Dvr. Ronnie Pilkington also sends an airgraph. He says; "Glad to receive the N.Ls. I am doing fine now after a few weeks in Hospital. I have not come across anyone I know from home although when in hospital I did find a lad from Blackburn whom I know quite well and during the short time we were together we had quite a talk on things. It is quite warm out here and not a breath of wind. It will be nice to get back to cooler weather. Please give my compliments to all the boys especially to Tom and Jim Burns and Jack Robinson". Ronnie is in the M.E.F., and his brother. AC2 Harold Pilkington, who is in England, also writes this week saying, "Tonight is what is known as Domestic night, and we are not allowed out of Camp. We have to make our Hut and equipment spick and span for the Wing Commander’s inspection. I would be very glad if you would give, through the N.L. my best wishes to Kenneth Nicholson and Harry Woosey, and also George Burns who, I hear, is in hospital after a raid. I had the luck to drop on Tom Dandy from Bank Bridge who is in this Camp. He spotted me when I was playing football for the Station team". P/E.R.M. Dick Burns R.N. writes, "I have come here to do my final four months course as an E.R.M. so you will know what that will mean. I shall be busy studying if I am to do as well as I did on my last course, as I want to come out the top of the class again as I did then, just to keep up the good name of Tarleton. My late Father’s advice was "Make the best out of it and go in for all the promotion you can". Remember me to my brothers and brothers-in-law who are on Active Service in your next issue of the old and famous N.L., for it is both old and famous by now I should imagine". Dvr. Alan Barnes writes "There is another Tarleton lad in this regiment somewhere but as yet I have not come across him, and what makes it worse is that I don't know his name. There seems to be very little entertainment for the Troops here. The only satisfaction at the Camp is the food which is very good". Pte. Lewis Clarke writes, "The training we are getting is like the real thing and it is most exciting. We get out to town twice a week and we have to carry rifles with us. There is not very much in the way of news but I may be home soon". Gunner Harry Woosey says, "The Doc took the screw out of my leg, and also the stitches on Monday. I got up today. I was a bit groggy at first but now I can get along without any assistance. Big Bill Campbell and Co., are coming on Thursday to give us a Show. Please remember me to John Hornby and tell him I am getting on fine. Ask him if he has tipped any barrows over lately. He will cough. Please remember me to all the boys and tell them to keep smiling.” LAC Margaret Moss says. "I pass the N.Ls round to all the girls, and they enjoy reading them. The Padre here is a most charming man. He comes in the Kitchen and talks to us. He seems a very understanding man. I was home on leave on 26th. August for six days. My brother-in-law Tom Harrison R.A.V.C. was home for 48 hrs. leave while I was home. He is stationed quite near me. I saw Charlie Wright (Gas) looking very well and liking the Service as well as I do myself, and I also saw another old school friend, Dick Taylor. He also is stationed near me." Sapper George Barker says, "I don’t know, but I think the Army moves in a mysterious way. Ever since we joined up ,we have been a G.C.Coy doing A.W work, and now we have changed to an A.W.Coy we are doing G.C. work; but still I don’t worry, its no fault of mine. I posted the card this morning with my up-to-date address and application for the Parish Magazine, you will find the enclosed postal order towards the cost of such. “ Vernon Ogden, R.N. writes, “My brother Kennie is thinking of getting home for a month’s agricultural leave to help Bill Greenwood from Slinger‘s corner, Hoole, to get in the Harvest. I read in one of the N.Ls that my old pal Ted Barnish has had a very rough time. Would you please remember me to him and tell him I hope he is in the pink the same as myself. “ (As a matter of fact Vernon, Ted is in Bengal, which, if you have an Atlas handy, you will find is pink). His brother, Pte. Ken Ogden, writes " It is quite three weeks since I wrote to you but I have been busy with this course, and had my last exam yesterday. I finish here on the twelfth of this month, but I cannot say yet if I have passed but I think I shall be O.K. I am hoping to get agricultural leave on the 14th. and that will make a good end to the course. I have now left the R.A.M.C. and hope to get into the new Corps which is being formed, the R.E.M.E. " Jimmy Sutton R.N. say , "I hope you are not vexed with me for not having written.


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