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February 4th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
You yourselves are now seeing, as I myself saw during the last war, the terrible havoc that war brings to all who participate in it. I know what you are saying "This must never happen again; our children must never be subjected to this" As a matter of fact we, from 1914 to 1918, were saying exactly the same. Why then this war? The answer is because we, while occupied with war, took no steps to prepare ourselves to administer the peace when it should come. You, with our bad example before you, should not make the same mistake. And there is only one ultimate Teacher, the Prince of Peace, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. "I am the Way", said the master, "The Truth and the Life". So follow the Way, seek the Truth, and gain the Life. It means thought, study, prayer and Sacrament. Talk to your Chaplain about it. He will be pleased to discuss it with you.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your fellow pilgrim,

On Monday Mr. and Mrs.Frank Foster received official notice from the War Office that young Frank, at present in hospital in Ceylon with a cracked skull, has been transferred from the "seriously ill" list, the worst there is, to the ''dangerously ill" category, the next worse. On Friday they were notified that he had been removed from the "dangerously ill" list, which means that he is well on the way to complete recovery.
Mrs. Tom Tindsley, Church Road, has received an airgraph in the form of a double News Letter. A line was drawn down the middle and on one side Hubert Tindsley wrote his news and on the other side George Almond, Croston, (husband of Sally Tindsley) wrote his news. They met on Christmas Eve while chasing Rommel across the African desert, and celebrated the occasion in this way. Henry Baldwin, of Burscough, aged 31 years, who married Mary Coulton of Chapel Road, H.B. last December, was found drowned on Martin Mere last Sunday. Verdict at Inquest "found drowned". Mary Coulton (Mrs. Baldwin) is one of the twin sisters well known in Tarleton. Jimmy Southern, Hesketh Lane, joined up last week and has already gone overseas. Tom Sutton, Holmeswood Hall, joins up this week. Mrs. Swift (Agnes Rigby) has passed all her tests for the W.R.N.S. and is to be called up in about five weeks time. Annie Rimmer, Green Lane Farm, Holmes, has announced her engagaaent to Dan Harrisonn, also of Holmes. Congratulations to Flying Officer Harry Taylor on obtaining Commissioned rank in the R.A.F. He is at present on leave at home. Alf Rowland writes to his mother from Canada to say that he is training for a Pilot Officer. Frank Marsden, landlord of the Legh Arms Mere Brow, shot a wild goose an Saturday, on Martin Mere, weighing 23 lbs. Rabbit Show at Edward Ascroft's, Coe Lane, on Jan. 20th, run by Tarleton and District Domestic Rabbit Clubs. Mr. Hodge, of Chorley was the judge. There were 113 entries. The profit on the Show for the Club was 35/- and a collection, plus the judge's fees which he generously gave, came to 21/- and was given to the Red Cross Fund. After the show the Judge bought the following prize rabbits. A Chinchilla Buck, from Henry Harrison, Kearsley Avenue, for £11: A Chinchilla Doe from George Taylor, Kearsley Avenue, for £7.10. 0.: A Dutch Doe from William Harrison, Church Road for £3.10. 0. Doris Barron, Carr Lane, won both the children's entries, for children under 15. Best in Show was won by a Mr. Crabtree, of Banks. The men of Tarleton going round collecting for the draining of the new portion of the Churchyard have already collected over £250, and have not yet finished. O/Tel. John Webster on leave for 8 days. Sapper Ronnie Melling also on leave. Gdsn. Frank Timperly on leave with his wife ACW Margaret Timperley, who also obtained leave to be with her husband. Muriel Iddon is "much the same", Sub.Lieut. Johnny Hague, R.N.R, on leave.

An airgraph comes from Dvr. John Iddon, who has been chasing Rommel out of Libya, saying "Just a few lines to let you know that I am in the best of health. I got four N.Ls yesterday and I see that they have called a lot more up from Tarleton which will mean more writing for you. We have just had a Church Service this morning, the first for seven weeks. Please give my best wishes to my brother Harry, Jack Moss (M.E.F.) Dick Gabbott (M.E.F.) and James Harrison, through the N.L."
Artificer Billy Parkinson, who is also in the M.E.F., in the mechanical workshops, also chasing Rommel and doing "running " repairs to mechanical vehicles as the chase goes on, sends an airgraph to say "I occasionally received a News Letter from you, and I must say that they are very welcome out in these desolate parts. We had a very nice service on Christmas morning which I enjoyed very much. I have not had much time to write just recently, but I hope to have more time when we get into Tripoli". Well, now he's got there, workshops and all. From Ceylon comes an airgraph from LAC Roger Watson (Moss Lane), saying "Once again I must thank you for a more or less regular supply of N.Ls. Their order gets somewhat mixed up, but that is a mere detail; the news which they bring is always so very welcome. Please convey my thanks to the people of Tarleton who make your task a little easier by subscribing money to the N.L. I am sure all the boys join me in thanking them. I've just returned from spending a week in India, but more than that I cannot say; censorship, though sometimes necessary, certainly does put a damper on letter writing." Pte. Jack Parker (Liverpool) writes from Assam to say "Above is my new address. It is a fine place, 5,000 feet above sea level; climate like Blighty; no snow yet! I wear serge battle dress, and need it. No mail at all yet, but I can't expect any for a week or two. But I shall welcome it, I want to know if all my girls still love me! I went to the English Church here tonight, just like a typical Parish Church at home; singing on an octave (I think they call it that) that I could easily manage." AC/2 Alf Rowland wrote a letter to the rector on 19/11/42 from Canada, and another on 27/12/42 from N. Dakota, U.S.A., and they both arrived together this week. No. one says "I still get the N.L. regularly and it is very nice to hear all about home and the others in the Services. Remember me through the N.L. to Ralph Whitehead, Frank and Harley McKean, Bill Wright and all other pals in the Services. We have good food, plenty of fruit, eggs sweets etc." No. 2 says "As you will see from the address I am spending Christmas leave in America with some people I met out here some time ago. We arrived on the 23rd Dec. and are staying five days. I went to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in a small Church, all done up with Christmas trimmings, and there was a very nice sermon. We had a lovely turkey for dinner and a Christmas tree after. I think these people out here are swell. I haven't come across Walter Rawsthorne yet, but I have met a boy from Croston who is stationed at my camp and we have some nice times together talking about old times." AC/1 Edwin Barron writes "This place is something like Dartmoor, unless Dartmoor boasts a tree. We have grass, sheep and stone walls as far as the eye can see, the only change being right on the spot in the form of mud, ankle deep in most places. I came here with several of my pals and we share a hut. This is my seventh station and I have not met anybody I knew before I was called up. I read of so many chance meetings in the N.L.. I always look forward to the N.L. and it has quite a circulation before I send it home. But apart from your N.L., which stands alone, I think our village is far outstanding in the interest and help it gives to the lads in the Forces. I have not writtten to the various organisations individually, but I think they will realise how much we all appreciate their kindness." Another letter comes from the rector's nephew Sergt./Instructor George Hardcastle saying "Last week I was quite close to you but unfortunately could not get to see you. I heard from the Royal Geographical Society this morning that I had been elected a Fellow, I am now working with the Home Guard and Army Cadets. I have a motor cycle and travel all over ----". Dvr. Fred Taylor (Hesketh Lane) writes from abroad to say "I received a N.L. this morning and was more than glad to get it. You can understand how pleased I was to read all the local news. I have passed it round to some of the lads and they enjoy reading it as much as I do. We had a Church Service in the camp this morning and very nice it was. Please remember me to all in the Forces from Tarleton and H.B." Dvr. John Caunce writes "I write so many letters to you that you will be able to write an extra N.L. headed 'From our special correspondent in ----' When I come home I shall be able to put the car engine in shape because I am now on a course on motor engines. We are having a cross country run in another week or so and they asked for volunteers; but the course is six miles and I have put on so much weight, or fat, whichever it may be, that I could not stay a mile. Mr. Arthur Worth (Hesketh Lane) is one of the Instructors here and when he went out with me he said I was doing fine." O/S. R.Iddon writes from a Naval Barracks to say "I shall soon be leaving this country, probably for the duration of the war. I am looking forward to this very much, since I am going to a country which I have always wanted to see. It is a grand opportunity for a chap of my age, but unfortunately it won't be well received at home. My mother and father will naturally worry quite a lot and I must say that I am very sorry indeed for them."


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