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War news 1943

January 21st 1943

My Dear Boys and Girls
The sad news this week is that Frank Foster has had an accident in Ceylon; and I am quite sure that I can rely on you all to remember him, with me, in your prayers. The companionship of prayer is a very powerful force. Undoubtedly, Frank, far away and feeling very lonely in his far-off hospital will feel that compaionship if we give it to him, and it will do him good. "In that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you". (St. John 14. verse 20). This and many other passages of the Bible, do really show how very close we can get to each other through God. By Sacrament and by prayer we can enter into that companionship.
With my love and prayers for you all,
ever your sincere friend,
L. N. Forse.

We regret to say that on Monday Mr and Mrs Foster, Newsagents, Manor House, had a cablegram from Ceylon saying that L/Cpl Frank Foster is lying dangerously ill from a depressed fracture of the skull. He is in a hospital in Ceylon. The Rector at once cabled to L.A.C. Roger Watson who is also in Ceylon, asking him to get leave and visit Frank. No further news to hand at the time of writing. Muriel Iddon, Sutton Lane, still very seriously ill. Mr George Jones, Blackgate Lane ( father of Marion ), died very suddenly on Wednesday aged 60 years, and was buried at Tarleton on Saturday. Ruth Howard, Sollom, was married on Saturday to Richard Baldwin, of Midge-Hall, at Tarleton Parish Church. Reception afterwards at bride's home, Jenkinson's Farm, Sollom. Dvr. Abraham Wright was married on Saturday at the Tarleton Chapel to Annie Corner of Croston. Mrs Henry Caunce Mere Brow (nee Annie Harrison) has had her baby girl christened Jean, and Mrs Mullarky (nee Betty Taylor) her little boy John, Mrs Hugh Southworth, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, has a little girl - the second. Churchwardens' Dance in Schools on Friday night in aid of N.L. Fund. Harry Scambler,
Hesketh Bank, gave a huge rope of large onions, 6ft, long to be raffled for. We thank him and the Churchwardens for their help.
Another guinea comes to the N.L. Fund in this way. Nick Latham found a large mushroom, took it with him to 'the Bec', raffled it amongst his friends for 6/-, Mrs Holdgate the landlady, winning it. She then offered a box of 100 cigs which was raffled for 15/-. Cpl William Whittle H.G. brought the money to the Rector. We thank all concerned. The Rector has been officially appointed Hon. Chaplain to the 13th. County of Lancaster Home Guard Battalion. It is a War Office appointment, with the approval of the Commanding Officer and the nomination of the Bishop. Tom Dickinson, R.N. home for 72 hrs leave. Harry Alty R.N. home for ten days, O/S Gardner, (Longton) for ten days. Mrs. James Parkinson (Mary Foster, sister of Frank, who married James Parkinson of Kearsley Ave. and now lives at Penwortham) had a baby daughter on Tuesday. She already has three boys. Mother and baby both doing well but Mary has not yet been told anything abouts Frank's accident.

Gunner Harold Aspey writes, "I had a marvellous Christmas and am quite well and happy. I would like to thank the Bowling Club, M.U. and Conservatives for their generous gifts, I would like to be remembered to all my pals through the N.L.". AC Charlie Wright, (Tabby Nook), says "I would be very grateful if you would thank through the N.L. the M.U., W.V.S., and the British Legion women for their very welcome gifts. Also remember me to my pals in the Services, Dick Blundell, Charlie Wright (Chuck), Frank Cairns R.A.F,, and Robert Bond M.E.F. also to all the lads away." L/BDR Dick Blundell writes "As you will see by the address I have been promoted to the rank of Lance Bombadier, and now I am in charge of our troop M.T. I get plenty of work but luckily it is very interesting so, all round, life is not too bad except for the cold weather. I always thought that the South was sunny, but, believe me it is much colder than Lancashire. We have a big inspection
to-morrow so I must carry on with spit and polishing. Please congratulate Stan Quinlan for me on the birth of his baby, also remember me to the Rowland Bros, Bert Fawkes, Vernon Ogden, John Iddon and Sid Ball". Dvr Taylor writes from abroad to say "Your N.L, which I received yesterday was the first mail to reach me since I left England, and believe me it was welcome. Out here it gets very warm in the daytime and very cold at night. Very nice for a trip round, but give me grand old England and my grand old bed. Please remember me to Arthur Worth in your next N.L., and also to all I know in Tarleton and Hesketh Bank". Sapper Norman Barron says in his interesting letter "You will remember that I promised you a photo when I was at home, I had a look at your collection in the Lady Chapel and appreciated them very much. I would like you to remind George Barker through the N.L. that he never wrote me the letter he promised about four months ago when I went to see him in hospital, I have lost all touch with him now, but the N.L. will find him no doubt, and I would also like to send my kindest regards to all the lads in the Forces and especially to Jack Moss and Bill Ellison who I believe, have gone overseas". Gunner Arthur Harrison sends his letter from the bleak and barren north, saying "I have not had a N.L. for two weeks and I am missing them very much. My wife told me about the nice time you had at the S.S. prize giving, and about taking cakes out to the troops stationed at home. I only wish I could have been with you. Through the N.L. please thank the British Legion Women, the M.U, and all who sent me money for Christmas. I appreciated all very much." Stoker William Hudson writes from "Somewhere at Sea" to say "Here I am, just writing a few words to thank you for the N.L. which I received to-day. Please also thank the Bowling Club for the 30/- and the M.U. for the 5/-. I don't know how the weather is in Tarleton, but it is pretty cold on the sea, but you get used to it. I would like you to give Pte John Caunce all the best of luck in his training; and here's wishing you and all the lads a very happy New Year". Cpl Billy Benjamin R.A.F. begins his letter "Well, sir, I think these few lines will cone as a surprise. I was very glad to get home, and be able to serve at the Altar at Christmas, and it certainly did seem like old times, but perhaps we shall all be home by next Christmas We had quite a bad crossing on our way back, and I was sick for the first time. I think that if I were told I was to go into the Navy I would pass out, Would you please, if possible, convey to my brother-in-law Harry Harrison, my best wishes for the New Year and tell him to look after himself. Also my best wishes to all the Tarleton boys in the forces, especially Ernie Ball and Jack Hague. Dvr Dick Taylor ( Mere Brow ) writes "I hope you will excuse me writing to tell you that I am not receiving the N.L. every week. I have just come back from another 5 days embarkation leave. I understand Harry Schwartzman is in hospital somewhere near here, but I heard he was pretty bad when I was on leave." Harry is still very ill, but there is every hope of a complete recovery. He will however, not go back to sea again, at any rate for a very long time. Your letters Dick, are always sent regularly, but you will keep changing your address. Sapper Eric Edmondson says, "A few of us have just returned from a Course. We were billeted in civilian houses and I spent the best time I’ve had in the Army while I was there. We are a bit 'browned off' tonight having been travelling with full kit all day. It is nearly lights out so I think I will close now." Pte George Farrington writes "I thought I would just let you know my new address although I have only been moved from one end of the camp to the other as I have to stay here a few weeks more on a Driver’s course. By the way, I have been put in the K.O.S.B., otherwise the King’s Own Scottish Borderers". Gunner Robert Iddon says "You will see by my address that I have left ---- and am much nearer home. I have been home for the last two Sundays. We are here for five weeks by which time we shall have learned to drive. I have been on a big Leyland wagon which is quite different to the Ford 8 that I used to drive round Tarleton. It is open at the front and on a frosty day nearly freezes my face off". AC2 Freddy Coupe says "I have seen one or two rather good films lately; also I won third prize at the Whist Drive last week. I got fifty fags so it wasn’t bad going. Well, as you say in the N.L. lets hope 1943 will bring a Victorious Peace, and a better world in the future. Remember me to Roger Watson and Malcolm Parkinson". O/Tel Ian Forse ( The Rector’s nephew ) writes "I am always glad to receive the N.L. as I know quite a lot of the lads mentioned. Speaking as one who has found out what it is like to be miles from home 'alone and unloved' as it were, I can say that the work you put into the N.L.s is worth it. I was delighted to see Ernie Ball’s greeting to me, I’ve not forgotten him, for I always liked him - greetings and good luck Ernie. I may take you out somewhere yet, or better still bring you back. Keep a good look out. I do, or rather vice versa. We have been escorting something with a full moon in dangerous waters. I was glad to reach port". Dvr John Caunce writes "On Wednesday they got us out of bed at 4 a.m. we had breakfast at 4.30.


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