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Letters from Servicemen
November 12th 1942

My dear Boys and Girls,
This week, quite naturally, my thoughts turn to those many brave comrades who fell by my side during the last war. It might almost appear as though their sacrifice had been in vain. Our task now is to see that it was not so. It was not the soldiers who failed in the last war. They were told to win it, and they did as they were told. They did win it. But while they and the people at home were busy making every preparation to win it, they forgot, or neglected, to make every preparation to "win the Peace". God alone can give perfect Peace, and they largely forsook God. We must not make the same mistake now, but even while we are busy winning the war, we must seek out God and learn from Him how He would have us order the world when the War is won. May God bless you all and bring you all safely back at the end of the War to take part in the great work of reconstruction which will then be our task.
With all my love and my prayers,
ever your sincere friend,

Mrs. Annie Jones (nee Annie Ball of Bolton's Meanygate, Tarleton Moss), who married Corpl. Jones of Longton, has presented her husband, who is in Egypt, with a baby son. Tom Dickinson, who volunteered for the Navy, went for his medical on Monday. Mr Robert Harrison, who lived with his crippled brother next to Websters in Church Road, died on Wednesday, aged 73 years. Funeral on Saturday at Tarleton. Mrs. Holden, of Plox Brow, died in Preston Infirmary on Thursday and was buried at Tarleton at Monday. She was 53. George Hunter, Post Office, is in bed with jaundice. Robert Latham, Blackgate Lane, has gone to the same camp as George Taylor, Shore Road, H.B., George has just returned to duty after 28 days agricultural leave. Gunner Albert Walter White, a nephew of Mrs. Moss, Kearsley Avenue, has just won the M.M. for bravery in the M.E.F. Betty Maclarty, (nee Betty Taylor of Mere Brow) has presented her husband with a fine young son, Mrs. Walter Williams, Gorse Lane, has consented to be the Treasurer of the Nursing Association in the place of Mrs. Brindle who is in hospital. The M.U. Whist Dive on Friday last to raise our quota towards the cost of a Moral Welfare worker was a great success. The rector thanks Noel Clark, who is in Egypt, for the kind reference to him in the letter he sent his father. Taylor's dog, Boundary Lane, bit the rector last week as he was riding by on his bicycle. No harm done except to coat and trousers. For the first time in twenty years the rector has no dog, but Mrs. Foster has given him a very playful kitten which goes by the name of Tinker. Bert Dickinson, of Hoole, who worked for Jack Mee, and is now in the RA.F., has been home on leave. The local Squadron of the A.T.C. with drums, attended morning Service at Hesketh Bank on Sunday. A Bandmaster Sergeant Major, who is staying at the rectory is teaching Tom Forshaw and Jimmy Monaghan to blow the bugles, Mr. Macmarn and his family have moved into Abram' s Smithy House in the village previously occupied by the Hodsons. The Macmarns came to Tarleton at the beginning of the war and have been lodging with Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Parkinson in Blackgate Lane.

Dvr. Harley McKean sends an airgraph from Egypt, "I have received your N.Ls I was very interested in some of the names contained in the one with the Roll of Honour. I might add that I got a few surprises. I have met Ronnie Pilkington out here and I don't know if I told you or not, I have also seen Jimmy Burns". LAC Jack Edmondson begins his letter “Being one that looks forward to the N.L. I must give you my new address. I have finished my course successfully and passed as a wireless operator, air crew. Now I am on my observer's course, as we are studying for H/T observers, coastal command.". (I know your camp very well indeed, Jack.) Harry Alty, who gives us no rank or number, sends his first letter, saying, "I have not been able to get in as a joiner, but have been put down to go on a course as Motor Mechanic. It seems nice to be able to go to Church here on Sunday night like I did at home. Last Sunday night there were about 80 of us, so you see it was just a nice lot". (Harry is in the Royal Navy) Corpl. Doris Molyneux, R.A.F. writes, "I was very surprised to see Nick Taylor here about a week ago. He was working on a job in my office at the Station H.Q. as he is, as you know, a carpenter. We were having a hatchway made through into the next room and when I was talking to the other carpenter, (who comes from Longton, by the way) he told me Nick was in the next room. (You don' t give the Longton lad’s name Doris, others would like to know it as the N.L. has quite a considerable circulation in Longton and Walmer Bridge). I received a gift from the Tarleton Bowling Club, and as I do not know the address of their Secretary I would be grateful if you would thank the members through the N.L." OT John Webster, R.N., says 'Bert Faulks is at the same camp as I am and he often comes into our chalet and has a chat with me. The other Sunday we had a Chaplain of the Fleet here to dedicate our new little Church. I enclose a copy of the Service. Please remember me through the N.L. to John Sutton and Harry Alty and all the boys and girls in the forces. I cannot do much yet in the way of attacking the enemy, but like everyone else I can pray for God's help and guidance". AC. David Hanson writes "I am in private billets and good ones too. Last night I was fire-watching, and when I came in this morning I had the most pleasant surprise one of your N.Ls was waiting for me. You can imagine how pleased I was. I have read it through twice already, and all the boys in the billet, including the Landlord whom we call 'Pop'. I am enjoying this life. It is just O.K. I hope that you are looking after the A.T.C., sir, because I still like to think that I am part of it. Have any of the lads learned to play the drums and bugles yet? I would like to be remembered to everybody”. Gunner John Hornby says "Just a few lines wondering whether you have forgotten my existence. I seem to be unlucky with my N.Ls., as I have already missed quite a few. I look forward to receiving them, and it is most disappointing when they do not arrive. I don' t expect to move again yet as I have been put in the cook house. I don't dislike my job and am now settling down better, although this is rather a quiet place“. P.D.1. W. Carr writes "I see that you have had letters from my Les and Ronnnie Whiteside, Will you please remember me to them and also to Dick Townsley, Allan Barnes and Hugh Rowland. We have a nice camp here, one that was built by Hore Belisha. We have our own Pictures, Billiards and Table Tennis etc. We can't grumble, but the only thing against it is the food. My job at present is very interesting. I am driving Instructor and we meet all kinds of men. At present I am on Motor Cycles and as the weather has been fine I am thoroughly enjoying it". Rfn. Charlie Wright says, “We are going up in the hills again this week for more mountain training warfare. It is very cold here and in the mornings we have almost to break the ice before we can have a wash and shave. Thanks a lot, sir, for getting me those two weeks off for spud picking which I really enjoyed. I would like you to remember me to my old pal Robert Bond from Mere Brow, ". AC Harold Pilkington says “A few lines to let you know my change of address. Sorry I have not written before, but as you know it takes a bit to find your bearings in a strange camp. I have also had six teeth out and I did not feel too grand after that. This camp is very dispersed and a lot of our time is spent going for meals, a wash, etc.” Dvr. Wm. Bridge says "I'm writing this letter in the Guard room as I am on duty tonight. This is the best place I've been to since I joined up, its wonderful; the people are real swell. Every week end about 50 of us are asked out to dinner and tea, so you can see what decent people they are. I go to Church nearly every Sunday and it is a marvellous place. The choir is simply full of boys and are really good singers. Before I close sir, would you kindly convey my best regards to the Conservative Club and also to the Bowling Club, as they really are marvellous. Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow and Banks) writes cheerfully as follows "Just a line or two hoping this finds you in the pink as it leaves me at present. Would you mind asking Miss Webster to put D. Section on the address. I always get the N.L, a day late through it lying in B. Section Office. Then they have to look up the whole Coy to see which section I am in. I am going on detachment to morrow, it may be for a week or two." Sapper George Barker says“ I have now moved into an auxiliary Convalescent Home which is supposed to be the beauty spot of this district and the home of the late Wm. Younger of Brewery fame. The house is similar to Bank Hall in size, but is only just over a century old. Out of the windows one can see snow capped peaks I could manage this place for the duration especially now that the gardener has got permission for me to help him with his work. The best part about the place is that the army no longer caters for us. It is a civvie hospital and the food is real, plenty of it and often we get into the Picture Houses free, so you see we are leading a fine life and I am recovering satisfactorily. Gunner Harry Woosey also writes from a hospital to say, "What with massage, occupational therapy and a little P.T. I am kept busy these days. I can' t bend my knee any more yet."


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