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May 6th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
The thoughts of all of us at home are turning to those of our village lads, and there are now over fifty of them, who are in either the first or the eighth Army. And with our thoughts must go also, of course, our prayers. Only those who have practised prayer know the strength that lies within it. It is difficult to formulate prayer unless one is accustomed to it. So may I ask you to kneel down quietly each night and say that prayer hymn, we all know so well,
Holy Father, in thy mercy
Hear our anxious prayer,
Keep our loved ones, now far absent,
Neath thy care.
Say that, with the Lord's Prayer and 'Lighten our darkness' with the Grace, and rest assured that, if you say them sincerely, God will hear your prayers and grant your petitions.
With my own most constant prayers for you all,
ever your most affectionate brother,

Two brothers, William Howard, aged 28, married, West View, Banks, and Geoffrey Howard, aged 21, single, Vicarage Lane, Banks were killed when the motor cycle on which they were going to work collided with a lorry at Burscough on Wednesday morning. They were cousins of Mrs. Johnson, opposite H.B. Church.
Mrs. Quin, mother of Mrs. Martin, Carr Lane, evacuees from Liverpool, died on Thursday and was buried at Tarleton on Monday, She was a Roman Catholic.
Kenneth Dandy who recently joined the Royal Navy, is lying seriously ill with pneumonia in a R.N. Hospital in the east counties.
Joseph Wadsworth, a policeman of Haslingden is marrying, at H.B. Church on May 12th, May Parkinson from the shop on the railway bridge.
Bombadier Dick Blundell was married at Tarleton Parish Church on Sat. to Alice Johnson of Crossens, sister to our District Nurse, the rector took the service, and Vernon Ogden, R.N. of Hoole, was best man. Honeymoon at Blackpool.
Banns called out on Sunday last for first time, in Tarleton Church, of James Coulton, Joiner, Becconsall Lane, H.B. and Mary Abram, of Blackgate Lane.
Banns also called out for first time on Sunday last at Tarleton Church of Harry Latham, Market Gardener, Hesketh Lane, and Elsie Bailey, eldest daughter of our Churchwarden.
Both weddings will take place at Tarleton Parish Church on June 5th.
John Grayson, of Skipton, was married on Saturday morning in Tarleton Parish Church to Martha West of Kearsley Ave. The bridegroom is a private in the Army and the Bride is a private in the A.T.S.
Mr. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane, has been elected Chairman of the Hesketh Bank Parish Council, in the place of Mr. John Taylor who has been Chairman for the past 35 years. Mr. Taylor has been presented with an illuminated Testimonial.
Eric Edmondson; Harry Iddon (Gorse Lane): and Harry Iddon (Hesketh Lane) all home on embarkation leave. Jack Robinson; Harold Aspey; Nellie Pendlebury; Mary Coulton on leave.
John Ball joined the R.A.F. on Monday.
Fred Bentham; Robert Howard; Jimmy Burns (son of Johnny); Ronnie Iddon (Hesketh Lane) have all passed their medical.
Mrs. Gore (wife of Willie James and mother of Ronnie) has died and was buried at Penwortham. She was 51 years of age.

Dvr. Billy Parkinson writes from the M.E.F. to say "We are still making our way nearer home and are now in French Territory which, these last few days seems to be coming more civilized than of late, and I think that the end is now in sight. What will happen to us afterwards we shall have to wait and see". His letter is dated Apl.8. Will Ellisons letter from North Africa dated 24/4/43 says "Thanks for N.L. They do cheer you up to read something about what is going on at home. We are working 24 hrs a day and, believe me, we are doing a very good job. We have not been to Church for quite a time now, but we are having a service on our own to morrow morning in the billet, so I am hoping to attend. We are sleeping in tents and getting good food. There are some unusual kinds of plants and trees. I would very much like to bring some of the plants home with me. Please remember me through the N.L. to my pal Philip Rigby who is serving in India, and to all the boys in the Forces from Tarleton. A.B.St. William Ball (Newarth Lane, H.B.), writes "I've been in the Royal Navy 3 years and 11months now, the last eighteen months I have spent in a submarine. I am abroad at present and have been out here 10 months. I can tell you that I've had quite a number of thrilling times, and we've certainly done our stuff while we have been out here. The tonnage of shipping we've sunk is something to be proud of. It makes you feel that its worth while being out here when you can give the enemy a taste of his own medicine. Please remember me to Jack Marsden and Evelyn Taylor in your next N.L." Dvr. Dick Sephton sends an airgraph dated April 4th saying "Well, sir, I think I can say that I am a fit man once again after a bit of bad luck I had in Nov." (Dick was very seriously wounded while chasing Rommel across the desert.) "But there is one consolation, I think that Jerry has paid for it this time I hope to get leave when I return to Base, but not home, worse luck. But there is one thing about this country, you can always rely upon fine weather and getting some sunbathing, if you can't do anything else" , Dvr. Billy Harrison writes from North Africa saying "I receive the N.L. pretty regularly. The weather out here is getting very hot and we are allowed to walk about in our shirt sleevas, so we manage to keep cool, and, as you know, there is no hard work in the Army. I see that John Caunce writes pretty often to you, but I never see that he would like to be remembered to me, and, as you know, he and I were the best of pals, so in your next N.L. tell him I am still alive and wish to be remembered to him. Please also remember me to my brother Tom, in India and tell him I am in the best of health, and also to George Farrington, not forgetting all the other boys and girls in the Forces." (Billy says that there is no hard work in the Army. Well, lads, what do you think.)
A.T.S. Evelyn Taylor writes "Please give my kind regards to all the boys and girls in the Forces. Tell Eva Foulds (A.T.S.) I will be on leave on the 8th. I have mislaid her address. I would be so grateful if you could spare a line in the N.L. to be remembered to my cousins Flight Lieut. Harry Taylor, Petty Officer Nick Forshaw, LAC Jack Edmondson and Eric Edmondson. I am on duty to night, but am dying to get out, the sun keeps filtering through the trees and it really is tempting; but I must resist this temptation or else it will be seven days C.B., which would break my heart."
Sapper Norman Barron writes, "I have not much to tell you about Scotland, not that I haven't seen enough of it, but news about a place like this is not so interesting as the lads in the M.E. have to tell. It maybe our turn is coming, and, if not, it will not be our fault. I haven't seen George Barker or Jack Gidlow for quite a while now. You might remember me to Stanley Johnson in the N.L. I have thought many a time of getting his address from my wife. I would like you to convey my deepest sympathy to my cousin Tom Southworth on the death of his mother. It must have come as a great shock to him, as it did to me. Remember me to all the lads, especially Dick Gabbot, Dick Johnson, Jack Moss and Ken Nicholson, and congratulations to Lt. Stan Baldwin on his promotion."
AC1 Edwin Barron begins his letter "Will you kindly note my latest address? I've had a circular tour of the south of England with a mobile Squadron, and have seen more of England in that short time than I did in all my life before. Coming back to training camp routine never goes down well."
Sapper Jimmy Harrison (Kearsley Ave.) writes "This is Sunday morning and as I write the bells are ringing, and they sound good. I am just wondering if they are ringing in Tarleton" (Yes, Jimmy, the Tarleton bells rang out blithely at 7.30 on Easter morning and again later in the day.) He goes on "I am here on a 6 weeks course on Carpentry so by the end of that time I should have seen quite a lot of London."
LAC Margaret Moss (Mere Brow) writes "I went to Church in Camp on Easterday. It was a lovely service and the Church itself was beautifully decorated. I hope to be home next week, so all being well I shall be seeing dear old Lancashire again:"
Pte. Barbara Coupe (Moss Lane) says "I have arrived at my new station. We are actually in barracks, but is quite nice because there are 50 of us who came together from ----. We sleep in bunks above each other, and at first they seemed hard, but we are getting used to them. Please remember me through the N.L. to Freddie and all the boys and girls in the Forces."
Nurse Alice Bentham, C.N.R. writes "I have received the N.Ls and have greatly enjoyed them, as have also several of our patients. All think it a grand idea. It is now nearly two years since I left home to join the C.N.R. Kindly remember me to all the boys and girls from Tarleton now serving away from home."


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