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Home Front News World War 2
October 30th 1942

My dear Boys and Girls,
Your thoughts and your prayers, even as are mine, must, at the present moment be with our comrades who are even now bearing the burden and the heat of battle in the middle east. We must all continue instant in prayer on their behalf, and pray that Almighty God will protect and keep them safe. "Apart from Me", says our Lord, 'ye can do nothing". Keep these words ever before you all, and ask God to bless our efforts and give us the Victory. May God, of His mercy and goodness, keep your all safe from home and give you all a better and a fuller knowledge of His love. With every prayer and blessing, ever your sincere friend,

British Legion Dance last Friday night to choose the new Village Queen. Colonel and Mrs. Jones of Bank Hall came with a friend to make the choice. School crowded for the occasion. After several parades round the room the honour was conferred on Rosie Twist, of Fermor Road. As far as is at present arranged the crowning will take place on November 27th. Bob Iddon, of Bretherton, who works for Jack Mee, Butcher, Tarleton, joins up on Thursday. Mr. Gorton, the Vicar of Longton, is leaving there for a Vicarage in Somerset. Polly Hunter, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, is being married on Saturday, Oct.31st. to Dvr. Stanley Johnson, Hesketh Bank, in the Chapel at Holmes. Mrs. William Bridge (nee Phyllis Dandy), has presented her husband with a son. Willie Harrison, brother of Jimmy, Kearsley Avenue, has had his medical. Dr. Herbert Croft has joined the Army as a M.O., Engineer Officer Johnny Hague has passed his exam. for 2nd Engineer. John Taylor, Bannister Farm, Gorse Lane, is now home from Preston Infirmary. The Bishop Designate of Blackburn, Canon W.M. Askwith, now Vicar of Leeds, came to Blackburn last week to see his new home. Harry Schwartzman, used to live at Mere Brow, now lives at Banks, is home on leave from his ship. It was he who saw Frank Foster's name written on a wall somewhere in the middle east. When he called to see the rector he found staying at the rectory an army Sergt Major who had spent four months with him as a passenger on his ship. They neither of them knew the other knew anything about Tarleton until they met at rectory. Sapper Dick Johnson, who has been in the M.E. for a considerable time, is in hospital there. Mrs. Barnish, of Hoole, mother of Troopers Ted and Alec, is in Preston Infirmary, she is getting on well. Vernon Ogden had a letter from Ted Barnish (who trekked through jungle from Burma to India where, on arrival, he was handed a Tarleton News Letter, saying "You can guess how pleased I was to see Tarleton Church at the end of that journey." The Mere Brow contingents of the A.R.P. and N.F.S. attended Mere Brow Church in uniform on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Will Roberts (nee Olive Dobson, late of Sollom Lock, now lives at Turnpike), wife of Corpl Will Roberts, R.A.F. who comes from Wigan, has presented her husband with a baby girl.

Extracts from Letters.
Marine Kenneth Nicholson, who is on his ship somewhere on one of the oceans writes, "I can assure you I write once a month at least to you. Perhaps you will find my mail is in rather a disorderly state, the reason being that we sometimes fail to land a mail for a couple of months, or else we land airmail in one port and then go nearer home and land some more. I would like to send a few messages to the boys; congratulations to Alf Rowland on his engagement, and tell brother Hugh its time I heard from him. Tell them I could write a nice letter about the ---- but the censor might object. There is one thing I like about the sea, it is always free of flies and other vermin that the boys have to put up with in the desert. Give my best wishes to all the boys, and especially to Stan Quinlan, Hugh and Alf Rowland, Tommy Burns and George, and may we all meet again soon.” Nurse Norah Pearson, the Chalet, Hesketh Lane, who is a "Queen Alexandra Nurse", writes from India, saying "Already I have received three of your interesting N.Ls. I have read and re read them over and over again. We are stationed in a peace time military hospital. After a two days rest we were sent on duty, and found the hospital very pleasant to work in, big, and surprisingly cool, and the beds were spaced. Entertainment is very limited, but we don’t mind that as all our spare time is taken up in writing". Another airgraph, this one from Corpl Hubert Tindsley from the M.E.F. He says, "I wish to thank you for the lively, helpful and kindly words which you had to say about my brother John in one of the Parish Magazines which I received not long ago. In times of worry and anxiety such as we are all going through these days, such words of comfort mean a great deal. (So far nothing has come through about John Tindsley, last heard of in Malaya). I greatly appreciated that Roll which was published in the latest N.L. which I have received showing all the lads of the village serving in H.M. Forces. It is a mighty force, for behind it are all the prayers of the Churches of all denominations in our village, and that is what makes it such a powerful force. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting my brother in law, George Almond. It seemed as though we had left this dusty land far behind and walked once more in Tarleton". Trooper Alec Barnish writes a long and most interesting letter from the ship he went out in saying, amongst other things, "I am writing this letter while travelling on the ocean somewhere after having had a few days ashore at our first port of call. We were treated by the people very well indeed. One afternoon my pal and I went ashore and took a bus into the centre of the town. On stepping off the bus we were met by a gentleman and his wife who took us for a drive into the country, a distance of 24 miles. They showed us the University, took us to a point 3,000 ft. above sea level, with a fine view of the city and harbour, and then on in their new Chrysler to their home. Then they prepared a very fine dinner, the menu being, soup, fillet of fish, potatoes and greens, roast chicken, with fresh fruit and cream for our sweet. We arrived back at the ship just before mid night. So here we are again, once more on the ocean, wondering where our destination is going to be. We have some very nice Church Services on board. Please remember me to my brother Ted and all the boys through your famous N.Ls. A.B. Jack Marsden, R.N. writes from his ship saying, "I am still knocking around O.K., and in the best of health. We did not receive our mail for a couple of weeks, and when it did come aboard I had quite a pile waiting for me, and now I have just came off watch and before I go on again I am trying to catch up with it. Well, sir, one of my letters was from Sid. He seems to be quite happy and contented. We still have pictures twice a week, and we have lots of amusements on board, sing songs, darts matches etc. A couple of nights ago we had a Quiz competition among the different branches, and I’m sorry to say that the Seamen got knocked out by the (Bunter-tossers) Signalmen, but we only lost by a couple of points, and it was good sport. Please remember me to W.A.A.F. Eva Foulds, Sid Ball, Bill Wrignt, and Les Hodson, and, of course, to all those away. Pte Bob Hull writes 'Just to let you know that I have moved to another place, but I would rather be in Surrey. When I was at ----, I went to see Jack Moss in the canteen. He said he had been home on embarkation leave. I also went to see Nick Dewhurst, but he was home. You will know that there are several Tarleton lads there. We were on Church Parade together on Sunday morning. Please remember me to Jimmy Harrison, and Jack Marsden." Sergt. Ernie Ball says "As you will notice from the address I am now in your home county, and only a matter of about 7 miles as the crow flies from your hometown (if my map reading is correct) quite correct, Ernie, I must say that in peace time Surrey would be a very nice County, but in wartime it is a different thing. I have applied for a short weekend leave as my "second" , or “third'' home is only approx. 70 miles away, (It‘s your "third" home, Ernie, as I hope you will always count the rectory as your “second” as long as I am above ground.) Pte. Lewis Clarke writes "I am receiving your W.N.Ls regularly, but I am finding it rather difficult to find time to answer them, but please keep on sending them as they let me know how the lads from round our way are going on. Please remember me to John Iddon and Dick Blundell, and all my other mates doing their bit on the other side of the water." Gunner John Ball says "I have now moved back to a training camp where I am doing a month' s training on a different kind of A.A. gun. When I have finished here I go to a firing camp for another month. I should have gone on leave next week, but that has been cancelled until we have finished our training and our firing course," O.S. James Latham, R.N., Moss Lane, writes "There are lots of Lancashire lads here, some from Preston and one from Wrightington so it seems homely. I see that some of my workmates are being called up. Please remember me to Tom Tindsley and Harry Price in your N.L. and also all the other lads with whom I am aquainted." LAC/W Margaret Moss (Mere Brow), says "Your N.Ls always unfailingly turn up, even if I have not answered them. I have been very busy lately, but we have now got an extra cook so things seen a little easier again.


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