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Home front news WWII
October 15th 1942

My dear Boys and Girls,
First of all I must apologise for the delay in sending out last week's N.L. It has now been running for 2½ years and this is the first time that it has been sent out late. I can assure you that the fault does not lie at my door, nor at that of Miss Evelyn Webster who addresses them and posts them. I know how much you value the punctual arrival of the N.L.s and I really do do my best to see that you get them up to time. However, there we are. After 2½ years we have blotted our copy book. With this apology I think I ought to dry up, so with very best love and all my prayers, ever your very affectionate friend,

Home Front News.
Harry Alty, son of Mr. Tom Alty, Hesketh Lane, joins the Navy this week as a wireless operator. Sidney Cookson, Chapel Road, H.B. has joined the R.A.F.. Albert Blackburn and Thomas Iddon, both of H.B. and both of whom worked at the Brick Works, have joined the Army. William Coulton, Chapel Road, H.B. has also joined up. Mrs. Sandwell, Blackgate Lane, who was Doris Bailey of H.B. has just had her third child. Nellie Harrison was married on Saturday at the Methodist Chapel to Eric Booth of Hoole. Bretherton Church Harvest on Sunday, also Harvest at Hesketh Bank Parish Church. Mrs. Capstick, wife of Mr. Capstick, who used to be at Halsall’s Farm, Carr Lane, and who took farm at Scorton, was found by her son Teddy hanging from a tree in the farm orchard at Scorton. She had not been well for some time. David Hanson joined the R.A.F. on Thursday, as an observer. Tom Parkinson, R.A.F. was recalled from leave by telegram on Friday. Mrs. Knight is giving a Dance in the Schools on Friday on behalf of British Legion Funds. Driver Tommy, R.A.S.C., P.E.R.M. Dick, R.N., and Guardsman George Burns all home together at the week end. Harold Aspey home for 28 days agricultural leave. He is working for Mrs. Howard, Barron's Farm. All local schools broke up last Friday for a fortnight's 'prater piking’ holiday. Bowling Green Whist Drive and Dance in Schools on Friday night, for their Comforts for the local Lads and Lasses in the Forces. They have already raised over £260.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Robert Barron (Hesketh Lane) writes 'This camp is like heaven to the place we have been in, beds to sleep in instead of the floor, hot water and showers, things we have not had for a long time. I hope that we stay here for some time, but good as all this may seem I don’t think that there is any place like Home. I have been down into the centre of the town. It's a wonderful place“. (quite right, Bob, and Corpus is the most blessed spot of the whole place). Goes on "I wish you would remember me to Walter Rawsthorne (in Canada) and Herbert Barron who, I think, is still in England (right Bob), and the rest of my friends". L/cpl. Dan Stazicker says "I am still living here in ---- and I have never come across Tom Fazackerley since we spent the afternoon with you at the Cathedral, of which I saw quite a paragraph about in our cutting of the Magazine. I am now on a two month’s course on specialist work puzzling my brain with sines, cosines, tangents and logarithms. The people here have presented the Regiment with a silver cup to show their appreciation of the work done by us during the raids. It wasn’t in the N.L. that I was on leave during the second week in August. You see, after coming back from leave and reading the N. L. and finding your name missing! Well, it just seems as though you have not been home on leave.” We agree Dan, and apologise for the omission. Gunner Dick Blundell writes "On arriving back I found most of my pals have been drafted, so I suppose that it will be my turn next. Please thank the Conservatives, Women's Branch for the 5/ I received. I will do it in person when I come home. Well ! duty calls and I don't like to keep Sergeant Majors waiting long. Please remember me to the Rowland Bros, Stan Quinlan and Charlie Wright (Gas)". O.T. John Webster, R.N. says "We had a long journey here from - , about 19½ hours in the train. This camp is only for Signalmen and Wireless Telegraphists. It seems quite small in comparison to --- where there were about 5,000 lads. There are only about 1,500 here. Please convey my best wishes to all the lads in the Forces". Gdsn John G. Moss writes "I appreciate your kindness very much. My young lady also sends her warmest thanks. When you write about me in one of the always welcome N.L.s will you kindly give my regards to my beloved brother Walter, who is one of the oldest soldiers of Tarleton serving in this war (oldest in Service John, but not in years). Also give my regards to Ken Nicholson, who, like my brother Walter has never seen Tarleton, or England, for a long while". Sapper George Barker begins his letter "As you will notice from the address, I have landed in hospital with acute appendicitis. Last Sunday morning I reported sick with pains in the stomach, so the M.O. just took a look at me and said ‘Light duty for two days'. It was ‘light Duty' O.K. By 11p.m. at night they were taking me off on a forty mile trip in the ambulance over the hills and heather to this place. Well, they operated on me straight away and now I am doing fine. I would like to be remembered through the N.L. to Ted and Alec Barnish whom I know very well as they were schoolmates of mine, and also to Frank Cairns, of Mere Brow. " Dvr. Harry Price writes "I remember Dad's last words to you, sir, "We always pray for you”, and your prayers for him will be long remembered by me. It seems rather strange to me that while I was on compassionate leave, there should be three entirely different engagements which I fulfilled, namely; my new nephew Kenneth (Bert's son) was christened; my young lady's sister (Miss Mary Tindsley) was married; and of course I attended Dad's funeral; Well sir! don't you think that's a record for any lad who's been on leave? I leave it to you." (You're right Harry, as far as I know it is a record. ) “Ernie Ball is only about 6 or 7 miles away. (He's moved now, Harry). Here's a little prayer "God make my life a little light, within this world to glow, a little light that shineth bright, wherever I may go". Many thanks to Conservative ladies and Mrs. Melling's S.S. Class for recent good gifts, and best wishes to Bert and all in H.M. Forces." Rfn. Dick Townsley says "I am afraid that I should lose all touch with the outside world without the N.L. Living in the Army is just like being in another world, especially when all the lads, or nearly all, are Cocknies. I hope that you will be able to get and keep sufficient funds to enable you to continue the fine job of work that you are doing for the lads and lasses in the forces". Gunner Harry Woosey, who is still in hospital, writes, "I should say that when this war is won it should bring a lot of people to their senses, and that they will not hide about in corners as much on Sundays. I feel sure that all the boys who have gone out of Tarleton will follow religion up more closely, and that you will be rewarded for your great work. I have been helping the nurse to wash up with two more boys, so one of the nurses is bringing our lunch for helping, and believe me, rector, there are some pots. I saw Canon Lambert on Sunday. He had been three times to see where I was. He asked how you were keeping.” P.E.R.M. Dick Burns writes “I have just had a letter from my wife and have just answered it, so I had to put the N.L. in it so that she can read it, because if I don't I only get told off about forgetting it". (Your wife is not the only one Dick who grumbles if hubby does not send them the N.L.) Dick goes on "The 4th of next month will be the first anniversary of my being in the R.N. and it is also my baby's first birthday. I had already left home in the early hours of the morning so I did not get to know about it until late at night on the 6th., so you can imagine that I had a pretty rough time of it. I cannot be on course for promotion and on leave at the same time, so I have sacrificed my leave for promotion, for which I have no doubt you will not blame me" Ends his letter "Please thank the Women Conservatives for 5/- and also remember me to my brothers.


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