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May 27th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
I am very pleased to say that I have received a large number of letters this week but, alas, that also means that owing to lack of space I have had to hold a few over, extracts from which will appear in next week's issue.
Once again we congratulate all our lads in North Africa upon the brilliant victory which has brought this terrible war a good deal nearer its conclusion.
And once again I must remind you that "our help is in the Name of the Lord."
With my love and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate friend,

Good news this week: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tindsley, Church Road, have heard that their son John, missing in Malaya, is a prisoner of war in Jap. hands. Mr. and Mrs. James Sutton, Blackgate Lane have also heard that their only son William, who was in the R.A.F. and was never reported missing, although never heard of since he left England in Dec. 1941, is a prisoner of war in Jap hands. Mrs. Jimmy Latham, Kearsley Avenue, has heard that her husband, missing at Singapore, is also a p.o.w. in Jap. hands. Gerald Pendlebury has met Harry Latham in India. He saw him in a Canteen. Mr. Sephton, who was the Bretherton schoolmaster, and joined the R.A.F. is a prisoner of war in Jap hands.
Hugh Rowland, who is in India, has been selected to speak to his father and mother in Carr Lane, by the B.B.C. If there is time we will let our readers know the day and time so that they can listen in.
Sally Dandy is marrying Ernest Buck, of H.B., on his next leave which will be in June.
John Fazackerley, farmer, Blackgate Lane, had undergone an operation in Southport Infirmary, and is still very ill, he is having blood transfusions.
Sunday School Anniversary Sermons at the Tarleton Methodist Chapel last Sunday. Collections amounted to over £40.
Mrs Joe Baybutt, School House, Sollom, has presented her husband with a baby girl.
Mabel Cookson, Chapel Road, H.B., was married last week to Jeffrey Wright, Marsh Side.

On Leave:
Fred Pollard , Richard Rymer, with his wife; Ken. Dandy convalescent; Bob Iddon, worked for Jack Mee; Eva Foulds, Evelyn Taylor; Harry Alty.
Mr. James Mawdsley; Hesketh Lane, is very ill with pneumonia.
When away visiting his sick brother the rector called on Jimmy Harrison (Kearsley Ave.) who is on a course in London, and also went to a Naval Hospital to see Ken Dandy but found he had gone home (see above.) Austin Barton has gone abroad.

Stoker Tom Spencer writes "I have a can of milk beside me and I don't know which I shall finish first, the lettter or the milk. By the way, its cow's milk on a ship: I was with John Taylor for quite a while a fortnight ago and he borrowed my 'civies' to go over in the -- with. I did not see him after to see how he looked in them, or how he got into them, but I hope to see him again in a few weeks time. Please remember me to all the lads and lassies in the Forces, especially Eva Foulds, Sid Ball, Harry Iddon and Jack Marsden."
Dvr. Sid Ball writes from North Africa saying "I met Sam Smith (Harry Alty's cousin) about a week ago. Congratulations to Dick Blundell on his promotion. Remember me to all my old squad of the H.G. I got 3 N.Ls and a Lancashire Daily Post from Sam Alty. I would give a lot to be going over Bank Bridge to the Toll Bar to night with my old pals Reg. Johnson and Tom Wright. Please remember me to them and especially to my best pal Jack Marsden, and tell him he can keep his life of a sailor. We had a Church Service here and it was quite good, but I shall be glad to get to our own Church again."
Cpl. Sam Alty Smith writes from N. Africa to say "In the course of my duty I have met Sid Ball. So would you mind letting his people know that he is alright. I gave him 3 N.Ls to cheer him on his way. We were only together for a couple of minutes but in that short time we managed to have quite a long chat over old times:"
Dvr. Fred Taylor sends a letter from North Africa saying "I received 5 N.Ls last week and very welcome they were. I have not had a lot of time for writing because the lst Army is kept very busy, but when this job is over I will write again. I see that quite a lot of lads have come over here but I have not seen anyone yet. They must be a long way behind me. We had a Church Service in the camp last Sunday and very good it was. Remember me to Arthur Worth and all in the forces from Tarleton and H.B. "
Dvr. John Caunce sends from North Africa to say "We had a very nice Church Service on Sunday in which we sang hymns and the Officers read the Lessons. Nothing sounds better than to hear a number of men singing hymns together. I hope you had a good attendance at the Easter Communions. Anyhow, when we have finished may all your Church boys be together again, and then once more settle down in our small but lovely village."
L/Cpl. Fred Forshaw sends an airgraph "In transit", to say "I have just dropped off a boat in -- to stretch my legs. I hope to be able to write something more interesting when I get settled. I am quite fit and well and a dirty shade of brown. Before I left the old country I didn't realise what was meant by 'Britannia rules the waves.' I know now."
AC/1 Tom Parkinson sends an airgraph from the Holy Land saying "I had a very pleasant journey out here and have a lot to be thankful for. I travelled out here with two Tarleton lads, Dan Stazicker and Stanley Frazer of Mere Brow. Where they are now I don't know, but I hope to meet them again out here. I have often read about this land and taught my Sunday School Class about it little thinking that I should ever see it with my own eyes. Kind regards to all S.S. Teachers and scholars and to all Tarleton boys and girls in the Forces."
Sapper Dick Johnson sends an airgraph and an air mail letter both with the same date and both arrived by the same post, so it appears that the one is as quick as the other. He says "I am once more back with my Unit after an absence of seven months. It took me thirteen days to get back from the convalescent camp, arriving at Tripoli after 7 days. I was quite pleased with Tripoli, a decent place and life seemed to be going on quite normally. The next few days were spent travelling round trying to find the location of my Unit. In all I travelled 2,000 miles in 13 days. At present we have started poultry keeping in a small way with 3 pullets on trial to see if they can produce any eggs, if not I see nothing before them but the stew pot "
L/Cpl John Jones (of Walmer Bridge, married Annie Ball off the Moss) writes from the M.E.F. saying "I always write a few things about what is happening in Tarleton which I get from the N.L. to my wife before she gets to hear about them, and she lives there. I was at Cairo last month, but I must say I don't like the place. There is plenty of entertainment and good food, though very expensive, but I don't like the way the natives pester us trying to sell us their wares in the street, and the boot blacks are an awful nuisance. We have just moved into a new camp at ---- and the natives are expert thieves. I must not leave out that our Unit has played its part in Monty's great advance to Benghazi. and Tripoli: "
L/Cpl. Harry Price sends his airgraph from a place significantly called PAIFORSE, to which we naturally say 'certainly'. In it he says "You will see that I have got a slight change of address. viz. PAIFORSE, and also notice, the step up the ladder. We are now quite close to a Biblical city. I am now on a desert course for special training. We get plenty of sand storms and mosquitoes. I am afraid that there is very little chance of attending any Services here as we have not got a Padre, but at night we often gather round our tents and have discussions. My kind regards and best wishes to everyone."
Trooper Alec Barnish sends an airgraph from the M.E.F, saying "On April 18th I received two N.Ls one dated 22nd Oct. 1942, and the other April 4th, 1943, which had taken only a fortnight to reach me. I received 2 letters last week, one from my brother Ted and the other from my cousin Frank Hewitson, both mentioning your famous N.L. My local pal Bill Davonpart and myself send our best wishes to all at home and all the local boys and girls now serving with the Forces."
Dvr. Jack Robinson sends a very acceptable letter saying "While I was writing this letter an N.C.O. has been in to see if I will play football to night and from what I hear we are going to get a mopping up; but why worry, it may not happen. Will you please ask my cousin Vera to write as I have lost her address and I think she has moved since she went back from leave, and please remember me to all the boys and girls in the Forces."


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