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Home Front News World War Two
October 22nd 1942

My dear Boys and Girls,
The N.L. has now been running for 2½ years and during that time I have sent out over 20,000 copies, and the postage alone has cost over £200. At the present time I am sending out over 200 per week, and of course, the number will increase as more lads and girls are called up. 200 copies per week means over 10,000 per year, so that Miss Evelyn Webster has to lick 20,000 stamps per annum, It takes me just over 3 hours to get suitable extracts from the letters received and write them up. In other words, taking a day’s work as eight hours, I spend three weeks every year doing nothing except write up the N.L. These are interesting statistics for, while many other parishes have circular letters sent out to their lads, no other parish as far as we know does it on such an ambitious scale. But as you all know so well it is a labour of love and therefore it is easy and pleasant to perform. And I think that I have a claim upon every lad who receives a weekly N.L. to receive from him in return a letter, say once a month at the least.
With my love, my Blessing and my prayers, ever your affectionate friend,

Extracts from Letters.
An airgraph from Dvr. Billy Parkinson, from the M.E.F., dated Sept. 26th, says “I am afraid that I don't care much for Egypt, and I don’t suppose that it is any use talking to you about the sand and flies. I have not had the luck to meet any of the Tarleton lads yet, but I hope to do so in the future." Pte Arthur Harrison writes "I haven' t seen my name in the N.L. lately, Are you getting my letters and did you get the views I sent you? (Sorry, Arthur, I have received all your letters and the views, and am most grateful to you; the fact is I have actually written extracts from them each week, but when it has come to duplicating they have been squeezed out. I wrote all this for last week’s issue, but it never got in, so this week I am beginning with you to make sure). Arthur goes on "Well, sir, Mrs. Wilson, (the lady at the farm where Arthur and some of his soldier pals are helping to gather in the Harvest), had a Service in the buildings last week. All the workers and their families came down to thank God for yet another harvest. The building was all trimmed with corn and fruit. They had an Altar and an organ brought in, and also chairs. It was all very nice. That's the way they do where we are working, as the farms are so far from each other." AC/2 Freddy Coupe says “On Thursday night we had a farewell show in No.2 Wing N.A.A.F.I. We had a very good variety show and also we had free beer and sandwiches after 10 o'clock, so you see they did us well. We sit our board one month to day, and it looks as though it were going to be a tough exam. I am hoping to get through one way or another although I will have to sacrifice most of my evenings now to swotting. I am writing this letter from Teddington where I am spending 48 hrs. leave with Raymond." AC/1 Hugh Melling writes, “This is a quiet sort of place I've got to now, its very old fashioned and there is nothing doing as far as amusement goes. I have been going round with some of the regular drivers since I arrived and I am just beginning to find my way about. Please remember me to Uncle Bert, Cousin Harry Crook, Charlie Wright (R.A.F.) and all other Tarletonians.“ AC/2 Charlie Wright (R.A.F.) also sends a letter this week, saying “I am just settling down again. It is very quiet down here, you can’t get very far at night you have to do too much walking. I have to go to work in five minutes, but will write again soon.” Dvr. Jack Robinson writes from overseas to say “I told the Padre that I was going to write to you and he said, “Please remember me to the rector". We have been playing football again, and we keep winning. If we do as well this year, as last it will do. We got two cups last season; that was not bad. Just tell Bert Price that any time they are feeling like a good beating, they need only speak and we will play them. Please remember me to Jim and Tom Burns, and also I hope that Harry Woosey has got right by now. And could you ask Cousin Vera how she is getting on as I have not heard from her for a long time." Dvr. Dick Blundell writes "I have changed my address for 4 weeks while I am on a driver mechanics course which I believe is stiff, but I hope to pass. Not wishing to miss my N.L. I thought I had better drop a line or two or else I should be weeks behind with it. From what I have seen of Salisbury Plain; the man who named it was no half wit; he was quite sane and must have meant plain with a capital "P". It will probably be a few weeks before I write again as I have quite a lot of studying to do, so please do not think that I have forgotten you. Please remember me to the Rowland Bros., Stan Quinlan and Vernon Ogden through the N.L." O.A. Jimmy Sutton, R.N., writes "I was very glad to see that Eric Booth was getting married, please wish him the very best of luck and also a happy time, from me, as he knows me quite well. I have been in London for 10 days and have had the time of my life there. Please remember me to John Caunce if he is still at home (he is, Jimmy). I was very glad to see that my pal Jack Bibby has won that Competition in the H.G, He told me that he meant to win it and so he did. We will be getting a draft quite soon now and will be going to sea most probably. I have had a ‘good time' lately with all this studying. I feel properly 'browned off‘ with it". Pte Leslie Carr says "I was pleased to hear that you have had a letter from Ronnie Whiteside. He happens to be a cousin of mine and I haven't seen him for over two years now, so will you please remember me to him through the N.L. and tell him that I am looking forward to the day when we are all home together again to have one of the old parties at Nook Farm. Also remember me to Hugh Rowland, Dick Townsley and Alan Barnes". Corpl Robert Moss, R.A.F. says “My Dad wrote and said that the Women’s Conservative Fund had sent me 5/ . Will you please give them my sincere thanks? We are keeping quite busy although the weather tends to hold us up for, as you know it is not favourable for flying any old sort of day, (What you mean Robert is that the weather keeps you down). “A strong wind makes numbers of chaps feel ill it affects some persons even worse than sea sickness." A.M.Vernon Ogden R.N. says "I am taking a course with the R.A.F. which will last for sixteen weeks, and then I shall be going in the Fleet Air Arm. It is a very nice camp here but very cold as the camp is very high up." O.S. Jimmy Latham writes "I am very happy here, good food, fine surroundings and good pals, I am indeed very grateful for the N.Ls and was very pleased to see that Dick Harrison is safe, or at least alive although a prisoner of war. Remember me to Harry Woosey in your next N.L. please". Pte Martha West, A.T.S. writes, "I have been in bed in Hospital for six days, but am now up and doing light duties. I have a perfect job now as a wireless operator. I passed my test before I went on leave but did not know the result until I got back. I have now a little more pay so that it does make a difference. Please remember me to all the boys and girls of the village. I am going to a welfare concert tonight."

Home Front News.
Mrs. Frank Foster has been admitted into Preston Infirmary for a small operation. Vera Iddon of Mount Pleasant, Sollom, commonly known as Smithy Houses, and by the more aged as Pepperhillock is engaged to Alec Black, of Liverpool, who is a Gunner in the R.A., She has known him for many years. Tom Wilson, Beech House, Hesketh Lane, is being married at Christmas to Betty Monaghan, a Liverpool evacuated family who live almost opposite the Water Tower. Tom Dandy, R.A.F. was married last week at Blackpool to a girl named Alice Baxter who lives at Banks. Capt. Dean and Lieut. James Melling were leaving rectory on Friday night in Capt. Dean’s car. The car struck the big gates leading out of yard, then went flying down back drive, turned sharp left, went right through the strong wire fencing, knocking down an iron post, laid flat one of the poplar trees, went over that and through the thorn hedge into Will Ascroft’s backyard. No one was hurt and Lieut. Melling towed the car out with his own car, and the help of Sergt. Charlie Cookson. Schools still on ‘prater piking’ holiday. Congratulations to Frank Cairns, R.A.F. (Mere Brow), who has just been promoted a Corporal. The Post Office was closed on Thursday at 11.30, for the marriage of Annie Hunter at the Chapel. LAC Freddy Pollard home for nine days’ leave. The rector had a long conversation with Jack Robinson on the telephone on Saturday evening. He also received a cablegram from Harry Devitt from the N.W. Frontier of India. Robert Bond, Mere Brow, is now in the M.E.F. The following have joined up during the last fortnight from Hesketh Bank Tom Iddon, Chapel Road, in Army; Albert Blackbaurn, in R.A.S.C.; Henry Baxter, Titmouse Brow, in Army; Charlie Scambler, in Army; Robert Iddon, nr. Post Office, H.B. in Navy; Horace Hornby, The Walk, in Army. Sidney Cookson H.B. has passed test for Air Crew in R.A.F. Fred Hawarth, New Lane, H.B. has married a girl from Churchtown.


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