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January 1943 news
January 14th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Only just a few lines this week in my personal letter because I want the Space for the rest of the news. Here is something to think about. You have seen in the papers all the talk about a better world after the war. But have you thought that if the new era is to function properly you are the ones who will have to know how to run the machinery. Hillmans made my car, but if I had not taken the trouble to learn how to run it, it would be a danger to myself and everyone else. We old ones can give you a new world; are you now studying its structure and mechanism so that you can run it efficiently when you have got it? Think it over.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate pastor,
L.N. Forse.

Mrs. Pollard, mother of Mr. Andrew Pollard, the clogger, and grandmother of LAC Freddy, died on Tuesday aged 78 years and was buried in the family grave at Briercliffe, near Burnley. Mr. Butterfield, Kearsley Avenue, died on Wednesday aged 53 years and was buried at Keighley, Yorkshire, his home town. Philip Barron junior, broke his wrist cranking up his lorry, and it is still in plaster of paris. Jack Hodge, on bicycle, crashed into a lorry and cut his eye open. Dr. Croft had to put in two stitches, he is now able to get about. Chief Petty Officer John Hornby, of Little Hoole, has been awarded the B.E.M. in the New Year's Honours List. He received all his early education at our Tarleton Church Schools and never fails to pay the rector a visit whenever he comes on leave. He was on the Repulse which took the King and Queen to Canada in 1939, and last year his ship took the Prime Minister to America. Frank McKean is on the same ship in which he is serving at present. The Rector held his usual Epiphany (Twelfth Night) Party for the Servers at the Rectory, after service in Church. Many could not come owing to working night shifts, but 14 turned up and had an enjoyable evening. Nellie Johnson, Sutton Ave. was married by Licence to James Edward Taylforth, of Aintree, in Tarleton Parish Church on Thursday. The bridegroom is a Private in H.M. Forces. Mrs. Collinge, of Southport, was buried in Tarleton Churchyard on Friday. Hugh Melling, R. A. F. home on leave for occasion, was married on Saturday at Hesketh Bank Parish Church by the rector of Tarleton to Jennie Slinger of Becconsall Hall, reception afterwards at bride's home. Mrs. Croston, who used to live at Hanging Bridge Farm at Bretherton, over Sollom Lock, and came to live in the new House built on Taylor’s Farm at Sollom, died on Thursday. She was 79, and the sister of Mr. Henry Bridge who was a Tarleton Church Warden in Archdeacon’s Fletcher's time. 2nd Lieut. Stanley Baldwin has now returned to his old Unit which he joined as a Trooper some years before the war, and in which he rose to the rank of Battery Sgt. Major. His Colonel applied for him. He expects to go abroad shortly. Ernie Nicholson has been granted another extension of compassionate leave to look after his mother. Readers will remember that his father died about 3 months ago. Dvr. Ronnie Iddon is only about twenty miles, if as far, from Bert Barron R.A.F., Sid Ball is home on agricultural leave. Lewis Clark, Jack Robinson, Jack Marsden, Bert Melling, and John Hornby returned from leave this week. Guild of Players gave a very good pantomime in the Church Schools on Friday and Saturday evenings. Hugh Rowland has arrived in India. Sub. Lieut Jack Hague R.N.R. has re joined his ship. We send our best wishes for the New Year to Jack Robinson's friend in Ireland, Victor Tootill, and hope that he will drop us a line one of these days; come along Victor! Ken. Ogden, Hoole, is marrying Alice Mayor on his next leave. Freddy Pollard came on compassionate leave for his grandmother's funeral. It took him 36 hours coming by boat and train. Muriel Iddon (Gorse Lane) is very ill indeed. She is suffering from chronic anaemia.

Bert Barron (Sollom) writes from abroad (US Army) and marks his epistle 'Letter No.2." but letter No.1. has not yet come to hand. He says ''I am on a lonely outpost about 20 miles from a famous town (Cooks and films). The local inhabitants are quite friendly, but their language baffles me. I'm sure you would be quite at ease with it. We are getting good food, in fact better than I received on the stations in England. The only snag is getting cigarettes etc. I have received 2 N.Ls.” LAC Jimmy Swift, who writes from Kenya, says 'Thank you for the bundle of N.Ls I have just received. They have been following me about since last April. I cannot express what these letters mean to us, or how greatly I appreciate receiving them. All the lads enjoy reading them and have asked me to include them in my thanks to you. There is not much fun seeing only black faces every day and not being able to speak their language. Best wishes to all Tarleton lads and lasses in the Forces." AC Stanley Quinlan writes "I get as much as 3 hours flying a day, providing the weather is alright. Now for some news my wife has presented me with a son whom we are going to call after his grandfather. He was born on Dec. 25th, and what better day could we have for his birthday than that of our Lord. Both my wife and my baby are doing well. Please remember me to Dick Blundell, Alf Rowland, Ken. Nicholson and Cpl. Robert Moss, and all the other lads of the village." LAC Tom Smith asks "'Will you on my behalf, thank the Bowling Club, the Mothers' Union, British Legion and the Hesketh Lane Methodist Church, all of whom sent me Christmas gifts. On Christmas Day for breakfast we had Corn flakes and milk, stewed figs, bacon and egg, bread, butter and marmalade. Then we retired to bed in a state of semi stupor. For dinner we had Oxtail soup, baked potatoes, green peas, Brussel sprouts, turkey, roast pork with stuffing and apple sauce, Christmas pudding with white sauce, and for those who so wished an unlimited supply of beer, cyder or lemonade. Cigarettes were freely distributed, and while we relaxed we listened to the station dance band. I believe that 1943 will be a year of great victories for the allied cause, but I doubt very much whether this next year will bring final victory. Pte. George Farrington of Croston (courting one of Chrys Wilson’s daughters) writes "Thanks for your most welcome N.L. Will you please remember me to all the Tarleton lads, especially Bill Harrison and Tom Spencer. We have two Church of Scotland padres here. They give us a lecture every Wednesday afternoon and we enjoy it very much. We also attend St. Andrew’s Cathedral in ---- every Sunday morning“. Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) writes "You will have noticed by the address at the top that I have now moved into Bonnie Scotland. Nobody need over talk to me about Scots people being mean; so far we have met with nothing but hospitality on all sides! Pte. Joe Power (H.B.) says "I only hope that all the members of H.M. Forces had the splendid array of scrumptious Christmas fare that we had the luck to have. While supervising some Ammo being stacked, a stacker slipped and let a box of 6 pounders fall on my foot. Of course that meant being confined to bed for a couple of weeks. I now have what the MO. calls a 'peach’ of an abcess in the ear. Please remember me in the N.L. to all my friends, particularly Wm. Melling.“ Gdsn. Aubrey Smith says “I spent a very enjoyable Christmas, the best I have had since I joined the Army. Yesterday I went to ----- the place where the School had a direct hit and many children including the master were killed.“ Tom Fazackerley writes “We are now in a small village out in the wilds of ---- . The Rector is coming to us every Sunday evening to have fireside chat. We go to the Rectory every Monday for baths. On Christmas Day we went to a Rectory, at ---- for our Christmas dinner. And what a feed!! We could hardly eat another thing, but when we got back to our camp we had our Christmas dinner again, and so missed our tea. Is Lewis Clark very far from me? He said in the N. L. that he was in the land of sugar beet. Please thank for me the M.U., B.L. (Women’s Section) and the Conservatives for their very welcome gifts, Gunner Arthur Harrison says “As you will see I have moved and am no longer a Private. Its starvation here. Its been snowing nearly all day and it will be colder still if we have to go to the ---- Islands. We are billeted in a Church School and it's cold. We have no heat on. We think it's cold at home, but not so cold as it is here, and they say it will be colder next month. I will close now as I am having a walk to the pictures. Roll on Peace!' A/M Vernon Ogden writes “You tell me more news in one N.L. than I get to know in a month from home. We are having quite a lot of snow around here. I was hoping to get away before it started. I shall be having my leave about Feb. 8th and will then come and have a talk with you." Pte. John Caunce says "I think that I shall be posted to a tank Unit. If I do I shall get seven days’ leave before I start training. We had the photograph of all the platoon taken on Sunday and I am getting one to send to you. We had to run the 100 yards again to-day, and I brought my record down to 10 and 3 fifths.” (at any rate you have beaten my typewriter, John, because it does not run to fifths). ACL George Harrison says ''We had a better dinner and tea than we expected. In the aft. our good friend the Vicar - gave us a film show, and also one in the evening. I hadn’t a Xmas card from anyone”.


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