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June 10th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
This week I would call your attention to the need of our prayers for those who are prisoners of war. Having been one myself I know the effect it had on me and on those who were my fellow captives. In the weariness and the monotony of confinement one is apt to lose all hope. Large numbers of men all herded together are apt to lose the refinement and dignity of manhood. They need our prayers, and the knowledge that they are ever in our thoughts and in our prayers, will strengthen and sustain them. So do not forget them.
With my constant prayers for you all,
Ever your affectionate Padre.

The best news for this week is that official information has come to hand that Mr. Yorrie Davies, the Liverpool schoolmaster who came with the evacuees, and later joined the R.A.F., and was reported missing in a raid over Germany, is now safe. His plane was brought down but he parachuted down and arrived at a very distant port belonging to the British Empire. More news when it comes to hand and can be published.
Harry Latham, Hesketh Lane, was married on Saturday to Elsie Bailey. Harold Dunn, Moss Lane, was Best man and Ethel Bailey was the only bridesmaid. Reception at Garlicks. Church crowded and a large company at the reception. Honeymoon at Cleveleys.
On Sunday afternoon the rector was present at the shooting competition of the Battalion Home Guard, of which he is Hon.Chaplain. They were shooting for the silver cup presented by the Rector. This was not the Tarleton Platoon cup which the rector also gave, but one for the whole Battalion. Competition was between Companies. D.Company (Penwortham) were the winners by a narrow margin.
Dan Johnson, Holmes and Stanley Johnson, H.B. have met in N. Africa,. and Bert Melling has met Dan Stazicker in Egypt.
Arthur Molyneux, Harry Crook, Charlie Wright (Tabby Nook), Aubrey Smith all home on embarkation leave.
Len Ball, R.N. (H.B.) home on leave, called on the rector and asked to be remembered in N.L. to all his friends in the Forces.
Frank Foster has now left Ceylon and is in India.
Tarleton C.E. Schools collected 723 eggs for Southport Infirmary week. Children also subscribed £261 to "Wings for Victory Week" effort. Wings for Victory week in whole district last week. Tarleton effort very tame indeed. No imagination, no enthusiasn. Tarleton gave £28,000, Hesketh Bank, with half the population gave £37,000.
The Home Guard had a Dance in the Conservative Hall on Tuesday night in aid of John Fazackerley who has been seriously ill for a long time. They made £30.

AC1. Tom Parkinson sends an airgraph saying "I am now in the M.E.F. and have met a chap from Leyland who knows Tarleton well. I went to Holy Communion on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. It was held in the Y.M.C.A. Canteen, but it had a very pleasant appearance for the Altar was covered with beautiful red and white roses, and there were more men at the Service than I have ever seen since I joined up. Best wishes to S.S. teachers and scholars and to all Tarleton friends in the Forces."
L/cpl. Harry Price also sends an airgraph, but his comes from Iraq, and incidentally he gives the same address as the rector's nephew, the Rev. Edward Forse, who is an Army Chaplain, so perhaps they will meet. Harry says "I've just finished a course on desert work and have visited some of the world's most holy cities. I've also seen the three golden domes, one of the seven wonders of the world. By the way, I've had a grand letter from my old boss, Col. Colville, who is now H.E. the Governor of Bombay. Please give everybody my kind regards."
Capt. Arthur Croft sends an airgraph from India saying "A few lines to express my appreciation of your grand war effort. The N.L. which I receive with unfailing regularity, Herbert (Dr. Herbert Croft) is here now, and is in ----. We hope to meet in the near future. Your ever attentive devotion to the people of your parish who are fighting for the cause, and the spiritual guidance that you offer us, are an unshakeable foundation for a new epoch of our faith."
LAC. Bert Barron (Sollom), says in his airgraph from North Africa, "The mail is getting through much better now, though it is still very spasmodic. The N.Ls are getting through regularly though the address is still incorrect. Since the fall of Tunis and Bizerta the only activity here is the cutting of the corn by the Arabs and also the diving and zooming of insects, of which there are not a few."
Stoker W. Melling (H.B.) sends an airgraph from H.M.S. ---- saying, "I am quite well at present after eight weeks in hospital. I was glad to see that Joe Power had mentioned me. Will you please tell him in the N.L. that I hope he has got better after having a few pounds of ammunition on his foot. I hope that you have got in touch with Bill Sutton by now (Not exactly in touch, but he has been officially reported as a p o w in Japanese hands.) Tell Tom Spencer to go easy with that daughter of his landlady he is always talking about."
Corpl. Jimmy Swift, R.A.F. writes from Kenya saying "I look forward to the mail arriving knowing that I shall receive all the local gen from you. Our little Church was packed on Easter Sunday morning. The Lessons were read in three languages. I collected with my field service cap. An Indian friend of mine took me to see one of his farms and we were away two days. They made me very welcome. The only means of transport was a chair carried on two poles by four natives. These boys carried me round the farm. I saw vanilla, coffee, rice, pepper etc. growing, besides many other interesting things. I could easily have spent a week there, but duty calls."
AC/1 Harold Pilkington says "We are as busy as ever, and the weather is lovely. I hope, in the near future, to send you a photograph. All I have had taken so far have been with pals, but I must not forget the one I was interested in while I was serving in the Choir. Please give my best wishes to my brother Ronald M.E.F., and all from Tarleton who are serving away.
Stoker John Twist says "I think that Tom Dickinson is stationed somewhere near here, but I have not seen him yet. I am in a real sailors' town here, and it is a lovely place. I will close now as I have an appointment with a very nice Wren and I must not keep her waiting "
Sapper Herbert Parkinson writes "I see that John Sutton had written to you saying that he thought he was the black sheep of the family, but surely he must not have been thinking about me, or else he didn't know. I was very glad to hear about the safety of John Tindsley, Bill Sutton and Jimmy Latham. What a relief it must have been for their mothers and wives."
Pte. Barbara Coupe, A.T.S. sends a letter saying "I am once again settling down to barrack life. On Sunday morning I went with five of my pals to Choral Communion. It was, indeed, a most beautiful service. Things here are still about the same, we still get sausage morning, noon and night, but we are really very fortunate and it is quite wrong of us to grumble. Please remember me to all from Tarleton in the Forces whether at home or abroad."
Sergt. Ernie Ball writes "I am hoping to be on leave about the first week in July and I hope the weather keeps like this. But I doubt if it will be anything like this when I return to Bonnie Scotland as they usually only have one day of sumer there. They say it was on a Wednesday last year, so it should be Thursday this."
E.R.M. Dick Burns, R.N. writes "I would very much like to draw your attention to the fact that I have only received about two N.Ls since I came back from ----. I would like you to give all the lads from Tarleton my best regards for the fine work they have done in the 8th and lst Armies, and my very special regards to my brothers and brothers in law, Jimmy(M.E.F.), Tommy, (B.N.A.F.) George, Harry Forrest, (M.E.F.) and George West."
Marine Sandy Laing says "I start training next Saturday once again, and until then I am helping to build a new shooting range, and a big job it is too. I have been wheeling barrows of clay and stones to make roads between each firing point and the butts. I should like to be remembered to all the lads in the Forces. My brother Gordon, in the Middle East has met a lad called Rigby over there who is in the R.A.F. either from Banks or Hesketh Bank. Perhaps you know him". (This, I think, Sandy, must be Harry Rigby of Church Road, Tarleton, next door to Forshaws, confectioners. He is the only Rigby I know from this district in the R.A.F., and he is in the Middle East.")
Mr. John Hornby, B.E.M., R.N. writes "I visited my old ship the other day and saw Frank McKean. He looks very well and still appears to be his old cheerful self. I look forward to the N.Ls very much now and feel that once again I am beginning to pick up threads of news about old acquaintances which at one time I had almost lost through continued absence from the village."
A/M Vernon Ogden, R.N. begins his letter "Will you please give my kind regards to Dick Blundell and Ted Barnish. My brother Ken is still waiting to go overseas. I think if he waits much longer the war will be over and he will not have to go at all."
Pte. James Coulton, who should have been married on Saturday last to Mary Abram, Blackgate Lane, but was called up instead, writes from overseas to say "Army life is wonderful and the camp is everything that one could wish for." (A nice letter, but the rest of it is private, which reminds me, will those writing let me know any part of their letters that they do not wish to appear in the N.L. and I will see that that part is not made public.)


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