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March 25th 1943

My Dear Boys and Girls,
This week I came across this little verse. It will probably not appeal to all but I feel sure many will appreciate it and the fulness of its meaning.

'It is not natural', my body cries,
When my soul seeks to lift it to the skies;
'I am of earth and want the earth. Let be;
This fleshless soaring was not meant for me'.

'O body thou art heavy;' cries my soul,
'And course and crude thy comfort and thy goal,
I would that I could rid myself of thee-
Yet if I could, where would my offering be?'

Ah, Lord, Whose blessed Body, given for me,
Can give to soul and body unity,
Teach me Thy truth, that so it may suffice
To wed them both into one sacrifice.

With my love and Blessing,
Ever your affectionate Padre,

Mr. William Thomas Kerruish, who with his wife came to live in Tarleton three years ago, died on Tuesday very suddenly while listening to the wireless. He was 61 years of age. He was buried at Tarleton on Friday in the same grave as his only son, and only child, Rear Gunner Sergeant Ronald Kerruish, who was killed while on a Bombing expedition over Germany. Mr. Kerruish was a Captain in a Liverpool Regiment in the last war and won the M.C. for conspicuous bravery. Arthur Dandy has left Garlicks and is now working in a munitions factory in a nearby town. John Ashcroft, the tailor, Hesketh Lane, has been for his medical.
Kenneth Dandy, Bank Bridge, and Hugh Sutton, Bretherton, went together on Monday to join the Navy. The rector accompanied them as far as London.
Tom Walsh has been home on embarkation leave. Petty Officer Nick Forshaw is now at sea. Mrs. Knight has to go into the Infirmary for an operation. Austin Barton, Moss Lane, has been home on embarkation leave. Tom Spencer is home on leave.
Mrs. Moss, Chapel Road, H.B. died last weak. George Bamford (Poodown) Bretherton, who works at Forshaws, Confectioner, went headlong over his bicycle handles and was badly knocked about.
Elsie Bailey is marrying Harry Latham at Whitsun. Aubrey Smith writes that he expects to get married shortly.
Mrs. Stazicker has collected £15 during the past year for the Preston Infirmary Linen Fund. It was all given in shillings.
Four Swans coming, it is thought, from the Botanical Gardens Southport, are nesting on the river Douglas somewhere between Bank Bridge and the Lock.
Banns called out in Church this morning of L/Cpl. Leonard Waddilove and Hetty Harrison, of Banks, who is the youngest sister of Tom Harrison, Jumps Farm, Mere Brow. Mabel Cookson, Chapel Road, H.B. is marrying Jeffrey Wright of Southport. L/Cpl. Harry Cookson is home on leave, so also is Corpl. Robert Moss.

Dvr. Billy Harrison, Kearsley Avenue, writes from North Africa to say "I have just been reading the N.L. dated Jan. 14th, and I see that Pte. George Farrington wishes to be remembered to me. Will you, please, in your N.L. tell George that I have received his letter and answered it. I would also like to be remembered to John Caunce, and also to my brother Tom in India. Tell him I am in the best of health and shall soon be as fat as he is. I see in the Parish Magazine that my brother Harry is still doing his duty at Church. Tonight it is thundering and raining cats and dogs."
L/Cpl. Stanley Johnson also writes from N. Africa to say. "I am glad to say the N.Ls have managed to find me out here. Well here's a bit of news about N. Africa. I have been snowed up in a million mile per hour blizzard; been frozen on an 8,000 ft. mountain; soaked to the skin in beautiful raindrops the size of cannon balls; and boiled like a kipper in a bit of glorious sunshine. I have met Billy Harrison, he is stationed not far from me. I got a surprise when I saw in the N.L. about my pal Norman Barron getting married. Here's wishing him luck and hoping he is as satisfied and proud of his wife as I am of mine. P.S. My bed is a concrete floor, with three blankets."
Trooper Tom Rigby (Toll Bar) writes from India saying "I have received news that Tommy Barker, of Walmer Bridge, is stationed five miles away, and so I am going to try and see him at the weekend. I have had the good fortune to meet some English people out here and we go dancing every week. I would be grateful if you could remember me to Walter Rawsthorne as I have written twice and got no reply." (Walter is in Canada, Tom, and it takes a good time to get replies to letters from where he is.)
Dvr. Fred Taylor sends from N. Africa saying "Yesterday afternoon I received three N.Ls and they were very welcome. I am writing this letter while waiting my turn to go on guard. Before I close I would like to be remembered to Arthur Worth and all in the Forces from Tarleton and H.B."
Sapper Dick Johnson writes from the Middle East "Thanks for N.Ls. Yesterday being Sunday, we had our usual Church Service in the Garrison Church and it was almost full. Next Sunday the preacher here is the Bishop of Ripon. I believe it is the first time a Bishop has taken a service here. Last Saturday I was in Cairo on a trip arranged from here":
Marine Leslie Hodson, writes from the East saying "Thanks for N.Ls which I receive quite regularly. Also for the Parish Mags. When I look at the picture on the cover of the old village it makes me sit and think how long it will be before I see it again. After spending nearly two years out here I have at last managed to contact my home pal, Bill Wright, and it was quite a pleasant surprise. I hope to see a lot of Bill in the near future. I've seen many strange and beautiful sights out here, but, believe me, I and the other chaps, would rather see the old Church Tower than all the beauties of the East."
Chief Petty Officer John Hornby, B.E.M. writes "Just a line to thank you for your very interesting N.L. which I received before I finally left my ship. I am drafted here for an Officer's Course. Then, if I am promoted I hope to come home on seven days' leave in the middle of April. It was a big break leaving my ship, but in the long run it will be beneficial to me."
L/Cpl. Tom Tindsley writes "I have been at the Royal Corps of Signals' Training Batt. for N.C.Os. We have had a concentrated N.C.0's course which covers every thing possible from Drill on the square to Tank fighting. I have not received the official results yet, but according to my squad Instructor I came out top of my squad and was in the running for the qualification mark 'D', which is the highest grading possible. Heartfelt greetings to all in Tarleton, especially my cousin Hubert, George Almond, congratulations to Harry Forrest, best wishes to Frank Foster and a speedy recovery, also to Harry Price and Tommy Parkinson, now on the high seas, and please return my regards to Jack Edmondson."
Richard Iddon, builder, Gorse Lane, who has been sent far away to carry on his work making aerodromes, writes "Many thanks for N.Ls. I can well understand our lads looking forward to these, and if you can find a corner in the N.L. I should like to be remembered to all in the Forces. This is a very quiet spot, and Tarleton is a Town to me now. The nearest bus service is 2 1/2 miles away."
L.A.C Freddy Pollard, R.A.F. writes from a very far away island to say, "Thanks for N.Ls which I receive regularly, I really do not know how I could get on without them, up here. These last few Sundays I have been playing the organ for the Services at the Methodist Chapel here. We are kept very busy at work, but I generally find time in the evenings to do a spot of reading and studying. There is quite a fair sized library in the Games Room and there are a few good books in it." A/C 2 Freddy Coupe, R.A.F., to whom we owe an apology because although we took extracts from his letters they have been squeezed out for the last two weeks through lack of room. However, he is in this time alright. He says "I have not been able to arrrange a meeting with Jack Robinson yet, but I will do so when I get the opportunity. These days seem to fly along and it won't be many weeks before I am home for a few days' leave. I do look forward to being at home and once again being in Tarleton Church. Please remember me to Malcolm Parkinson and Roger Watson."
Pte. George Farrington writes "You will already know that I am to be married at Tarleton on Easter Saturday so I will soon be a member of that good old village. "Will you please remember me to Dvr. Bill Harrison and to Gunner Harry Woosey."
Sapper George Barker writes to say "I managed to see Norman Barron and he told me the W.O. had put him through as a stone mason and now he has had to have his leave cancelled while he goes on a course. From what the other lads say I understand it is more like a brick layers course, so I think he should come through with flying colours."
L/Cpl. Frark Foster writes about his accident as follows: "One bright morning I was riding passenger in one of our lorries when it came to an abrupt stop with its nose wrapped round one of those concrete island affairs. My head came in violent contact with part of the cab and nearly severed my temporal artery. Then someone came along in a private car and deposited me at the nearest military hospital. On the 14th which was my birthday, they allowed me some visitors, kiddies who brought me a lovely iced Birthday cake. My friends here (Ceylon) have been really marvellous, floweres and visits and so on".


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