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Newsletters from the war
October 8th 1942

My dear Boys and Girls,
A very short letter this week as there is so much other news and I want to get it all in. Here’s a story for a change. The major was giving a lecture to the troops and was doing his best to make them feel fools by asking idiotic questions. As a final test of their mental competence he said, “I was going down a lane and the field on my right was one of 4½ acres, and that on my left was 8 7/8acres; Tell me how old I am! Up spoke the latest recruit '42,sir’. 'Bless me‘, said the Major, or words to the opposite effect. ‘You’re right, me lad, but how did you know?’ ‘Well, sir' replied the lad. ‘I’ve got a brother who is just 21, and he is half daft.’
With my love and my Blessing,
ever your sincere friend,

Home Front News.
Gdsn John Moss home on leave; his fiancee, whose home is in Bermondsey, London, came to stay for week end with his people. He sends kind regards to Kenneth Nicholson, Royal Marines, and would like a letter from him. John Taylor, Bannister Farm, Gorse Lane (Jazzer), is in Preston Infirmary. He had an operation and is now doing well. Miss Hallsall, Fulwood Ave. is also in Preston Infirmary, and is doing well. Leslie Ascroft, in Preston Infirmary with injured eye, is doing fine. Mr. Edgar has left Preston Infirmary and is now at the Willows Convalescent Home. Alice Ann Bridge, late of Sollom, now of Banbury, was married on Saturday to Ronald Daws, of Banbury. Mrs. Parsons, of Burscough, (nee Jenny Fishwick, Gorse Lane), has presented her husband with a fine boy. Mrs. Stanley Quinlan is very ill with Infantile Paralysis. Stanley R.A.F., home on compassionate leave. Joe Molyneux, Boundary Farm, Holmeswood, (brother of Doris), married last Saturday at Burscough to Joan Dandy, Moss Lane, Burscough. Mrs. Alty, Croston, (nee Kathleen Marsden), has presented her husband with a son. Polly Taylor has left Websters to be married to Joe Hague, Water Tower. A bull belonging to Howard‘s, Barrons Farm, got loose from field over canal, crossed bridge and was reported near Lock. Young Bob Howard went to take it back, was attacked by bull which got him down and tried to gore him. He was rescued by Amos Townsley who was passing that way. Bob shaken but not hurt. Mr. Peters has received a Commission as Pilot Officer in the R.A.F.V.R. as Squadron Leader of our A.T.C . The A.T.C. Dance last Friday was a great success. Their own dance band supplied all the music. The Home Guard Gymkhana on Rectory Lawn on Saturday went off well. Silver Challenge Cup was won by No.3 Platoon (Sergeant Ritchings) for most points in all competitions. Sergeants grenade throwing prize (10/6 given by Captain Dean) won by Sergeant Charlie Cookson. Other ranks’ grenade throwing prize (10/6, given by Capt. Dean) won by Jack Bibby (Mission Houses, Hesketh Lane). The Rector presented all the Prizes to the winners. Fine afternoon, Major Chadwick, Major Thornicroft and R.S.M. Sampson were present. Corpl. Harry Taylor, R.A.F., has been given a Commission in the R.A.F. Robert Johnson (Butcher, Hesketh Lane), and David Hanson, Kearsley Ave., both joined the R.A.F. on Thursday. Tom Parkinson,R.A.F. (Carr Lane); John G. Moss, Gdsn, Kearsley Ave.; and Sergeant Nick Dewhurst, Gdsn, all home on embarkation leave. The Tarleton "Dig for Victory" Competition for best produce from kitchen gardens resulted in 1st Prize £1 to John Blundel, Johnson’s Lane; 2nd Prize 15/ - to Thomas Iddon; 3rd Prize 10/- to John Wallbank; 4th Prize 5/ to Albert Ascroft. Specials: Cleanest garden, John Blundel; Onions, T Iddon; Lettuce, J Wallbank; Onions, Chris Sutton; Turnips, John Sutton, Nr. Legh Arms, Mere Brow; Tomatoes, John Sutton, nr. Methodist Chapel, Mere Brow; Potatoes, Robert Rigby. Messrs. James Spencer and Robert Taylor were the judges. Nellie Harrison (Kearsley Avenue) is being married next week to Eric Booth. A.T.S. Martha West and W.A.A.F. Vera Iddon on leave, also Petty Officer Nick Forshaw.

Extracts from Letters.
A long, newsy Air Mail p.c. comes from Tpr Harry Devitt, saying “My mail has not been coming through very well. So far I have only received 4 letters, of which 2 were N.Ls. I am in a camp in the hills in India.. Plenty of snakes, but a well pitched stone soon puts an end to one of those. Moving here I almost met Lt. Arthur Croft, but had to move on before I actually saw him. I did meet Harold Price, of Crossens, and he asked me to send his kind regards to all his friends in the district. I also nearly met a lad named Bond from Hundred End, but again moved on before I saw him. Sapper Dick Johnson, R.E.,M.E.F.,sends an Airgraph, saying, “To day I received a N.L. dated July 16th. I was surprised to find that so many of the boys were away, but a few going each week has, as I can see, made a big gap in the community. I was at the same place as Dick Gabbott a few days ago but as I was on duty I did not manage to see him." Dick’s letter was written on Sept. 15. L/cpl Tom Tindsley, Royal Corps of Signals, sends a long chatty letter among other things saying "I think I told you that when I was on leave I brought home with me my young lady from London. I am happy to say she was very much taken up with Tarleton and especially with the kindness and hospitality of Lancashire people. Of course, she was meeting these "gradely folk" for the first time. I shall be going to ---- on Sunday evening for 10 days for more firing practice with the tanks". Pte W. Seddon says, "Will you remember me to Harold Aspey and all at Gatcliffe Farm. I expect that you will see Nellie Fazackerley since she is your Sunday School pianist, and also Margaret who is a regular attender. We have now come a lot nearer home, but for how long we don't know yet". Pte Bert Price writes "Thank you for your kindness and Service during the loss of a dear Father. I am sure all of us will remember that short, but beautiful prayer you said as Dad was passing on his way to a better and happier life. Please convey our thanks to Agnes Rigby (now Mrs. Swift) and Mrs. Twist, and the other ladies for their help in raising money for the N.L. I am sure we all have many laughs at the amusing things you put in it. Please remember me to my brother Harry, Jim. Leacy, Will Sutton and Harry Cookson, and of course to every lad and girl from Tarleton and H.B. serving in H.M. Forces." Gdsn Harry Crook has now gone to join that noble band of Tarleton lads at - , where he will find Sergt Nick Dewhurst, and Gdsn George Burns, Matt Farrington, and John Moss. He writes "I had a surprise yesterday for I saw Kenneth Hind, who is on a Mortar course with his training Unit. We are on an intensive system here, working till dark, and then sleeping like logs. Please remember me to Ted Barnish, Hubert Tindsley, Jimmy Burns and Hugh Melling, and I hope news will soon be received of John Tindsley and Bill Sutton." Dvr Albert Becconsall says "We came here in convoy at 40 miles per hr most of the way. Your stamped, addressed p.c. was waiting for me when I got back from leave, so I filled it in and posted it the same night. Next morning I heard that we were moving. I am not sure whether we are going to move again or not, but this seems to be a moving off place. The boys here seen to be a very decent lot, and the food is fresher and better cooked here." Marine Bill Wright sends an interesting letter from somewhere near the Pacific. He encloses two excellent snaps of himself and friends in shorts and pith helmets. He says "Please forgive my delay in writing. I can't say that I have not had time or anything like that; it has just been my carelessness. I have been receiving the N.L. about once a fortnight and its the one thing I have learned to look forward to. It's nice to know what all the other lads are doing.” Pte Ronnie Sergeant writes "I suppose that my new address looks rather funny for a military station, but I am billeted in an empty house down "Halfway Avenue, I arrived here on Saturday afternoon in the usual military manner not knowing exactly why or what for. I had to report for mechanical training and that is all the information I had. I am quite sure that the workshops here are the most modern and have the finest equipment I have ever seen. All the specialist jobs are done by civil workmen who are absolutely first class mechanics, and we have quite a good selection of instructors.” Pte Arthur Harrison writes "In the first place I want to say how deeply sorry I am to hear of the death of Grandad Iddon. I have always called him Grandad since I have known my wife. He was one of the best and there are not many like him. My deepest Sympathy to Mrs. Robinson, Mrs.Wilcox and the rest of the family. I am still farming. Mrs.Wilson asked our Officer for another week. They have forty days threshing alone here, not to mention the sugar beet, so you can imagine how big the farm is. We had a big dance last night in the Hall. This morning we had a good time helping to straighten it up again. There are over 100 rooms in the place so you can imagine how big it is." AC/2 Freddy Coupe says "This week end I am going on a 48 hrs leave to see Raymond at Teddington. When I return I shall have a lot of swotting to do getting ready for my final board. There does not seem much to do at nights except read. I have just come back from our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. I ought to be home for 7 days on Nov. 7th, if all goes well."


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