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June 17th 1943

My dear Lads and Lasses,
A very short letter this week because I have so much other material to put in the N.L. But just two notes. (1) Please do keep me up to-date with any change of address. (2) If you have not written to me for some time sit down at once and send a few lines.
Also, of course; always remember that whatever happens "our help is in the Name of the Lord" and all will be well.
With my love and my prayers for you all,
Ever your sincere friend,

James Whittle Coe Lane end was married on Saturday at Rufford Parish Church to Maggie Sephton of Rufford.
Billy Lowe has received his calling up papers and goes on Thursday.
Leslie Carr who had six month's leave to look after the Farm on the death of his father has now rejoined his Unit. Ernest Nicholson, who has had twelve month's leave to look after his invalid mother, when his father died, has been recalled to his Unit.
Thanksgiving Service last Sunday at Bretherton P.C. for the safety of Flying Officer T. H. Sephton, the Bretherton Schoolmaster, who has been reported a Prisoner of-War in Japanese hands.
Mrs. Gilbert Gregson of Plox House Farm has been kicked by a cow and her daughter is in the Infirmary because she got burnt.
Oliver Hart, owner of the H.M.S. buses, of Blamire Hall, Coppull, has died at the age of 56 years.

On Leave: Billy Benjamin; Alan Barnes; Dick Townsley three of Robert Rowland's sons in law; Robert Barron (Hesketh Lane): Harry Woosey; Ronnie Melling; Tom Dickinson; Hugh Wilson (Twilly) and George Wilson; Jimmy Harrison and William Harrison.
Banns called out in Church for the first time on Sunday between Herbert Parkinson (Blackgate Lane) and Margaret Caunce of Burscough. There was no Sunday afternoon Whitsuntide procession this year owing to the fact that no band could be obtained.
Jack Moss has met his brother Walter in North Africa. Marines Leslie Hodson and William Wight are now serving on the same ship. It is reported that Corpl. Austin Barton is seriously ill in North Africa with concussion as the result of an accident.
Dick Johnson has sent home to his mother a first copy of the Tunis Times.
The rector's Muscovies are once again presenting him with quite respectable families.

L/cpl. Harley Mckean sends an airgraph from the M.E.F. saying "I have been receiving the N.Ls almost daily during the last week or so after a long period of complete silence. I have a great piece of news for you. During the past year or two I have been reading of the sparkling career of Stanley Baldwin, now Lieut. Baldwin. Yesterday I met him out here. Remember me to my two brothers Frank and Richard, also to Les Carr. Tell Les I would like to hear from him."
LAC Harry Rigby writes in an airgraph from the M.E.F. "I am living in real English surroundings again and am thankful to have left behind the sand, flies, fleas etc. Please extend my thanks through the NL for gifts received from the Bowling Club, Conservatives, British Legion, Methodist Young Ladies and the Mothers' Union. It was with the greatest sorrow that I heard of my friend Bobbie Moss being killed in an air accident, and also Mr. Yorrie Davies being reported missing on an air raid over Germany."
L/Cpl. Frank Foster writes from India to say "This is my third hospital, and I am just recovering from my third operation. Will you, Sir, pass on via the N.L. my good wishes to all the lads in the Forces? One thing rather worries me. The village organizations roll up from time to time with sums of money for me. I am afraid that I have completely lost track of them all. Would you thank everyone concerned and so relieve my mind."
LAC Roger Watson sends a post card from India saying "I am so very glad to hear that Frank Foster is recovering. Please remember me to him and tell him how sorry l was not to have been able to see him when he was in hospital in Ceylon. I don't want to pinch too much room in the N.L., but will you thank Dick Rymer for his good wishes. Tell him a line from him sometime would be more than welcome. Just over a month ago I had 10 days sick leave in the hills. I had managed to get dysentry which kept me in hospital for a couple of weeks."
Lieut. Stanley Baldwin writes from the M.E.F. saying "In the short time I have been out here I have had two periods of leave, the first in Alexandria which ended in a flight to Cairo on the last day, and the second, which has just ended, in Ismalia, a small town on the Suez, both were most enjoyable and most interesting. Our C.O's policy is to make hay while the sun shines hence so much leave. I am happy to be serving with my old Regiment and hope to see Europe with it."
Cpl. Jimmy Sutton also writes per airgraph from the M.E.F, to say "I have visited Tunis a few times and it is a lovely city. I have just been picking a dozen ripe lemons off a nearby tree, and have had a lovely drink of lemon juice and sweet wine mixed. I have not met any lads from our own village since I met Les Hodson in Beirut. It is all very peaceful and quiet again in these parts."
Dvr. John Caunce sends an interesting letter from North Africa saying "I would like to be remembered to John Spencer and Frank Foulds, also to Sid Ball, Billy Harrison and Tom Dickinson. You remember that I used to say that Hitler would 'down tools' when I joined up, well as you can see he didn't take long to get out of N.A. after I landed here. He must have seen my name in the N.L. We have to pay five francs for one egg, i.e. sixpence in English money. Well sometimes you get your money's worth, that is to say you get a chicken instead of an egg."
O/Tel. Bert Fawke writes from his ship saying "I was pleased to hear that John Webster is liking his new ship better than the old one. We have recently formed a cricket team among the crew and had our first match last week. I shall be obliged if you will remember me to Sandy Laing, Tom Dickinson, Dick Blundell and all the Home Guard, especially Bill Whittle and Jimmy Holmes."
Corpl. Hubert Tindsley sends from the M.E.F. a long typewritten letter saying, amongst other bits of news "I was sitting on the lorry when I heard a familiar voice. I looked and saw a Padre. It did not take me long to realise who he was. As a matter of fact it was a Capt. Herron of Hoole. He was head boy at Hutton Grammar School when I started there as a nipper. I told him I knew him and he said, "Yes, let me see, Hutton Grammar School and Walton House". So we had a really good chat together. Perhaps you will have heard from my folk that I was fortunate enough to spend Christmas here with my sister's husband, George Almond,"
Trooper Harry Devitt writes from India saying "One morning when we were out on a job of work before Ghandi commenced his fasting we were going past his 'place of resistance' just as he was taking his morning exercise, and we were able to see him quite well. He looks just like his photographs, I can assure you."
Pte. Howard Gabbott puts as his postscript, which is regarded as the most important part of a letter "Will you remember me to James Parkinson." He also says "James Coulton and I were fortunate enough to get to the same camp which is an ideal one for making men fit or otherwise, Who do you think walked into our camp last Saturday night Jack Robinson he is here for a few weeks."
Pte.Tom Hurst writes "By the time you get this letter I shall be well on my way overseas. I hope that you will continue to send me the N.L. Please remember me to all the lads and lasses from Tarleton and H.B. who are now in the Forces." (Glad to hear from you, Tom, send a good long newsy letter next time.)
Trooper Ralph Whitehead writes a mere note saying "As you will see, Harry and I have changed our address. I don't think we shall be here very long. I hope not or the war will be a long while before it ends."
O/S Hugh Sutton (Bretherton) writes "I am having a lovely time here, it is nothing like as strict as it was in H.M.S. ---. I am in private billets and can go out every night. I have to report at H.Q. every morning at 9 o'clock when we all say a few prayers and the Marines Band plays while we sing a hymn".
Cpl. Robert Watson (Mere Brow) says "I was made up to Corpl. last week, but I don't know how long I shall keep my stripe. Some of the men are billeted in tents, but I managed to get a room in the house and a good bed to sleep on. We have a day off once a week, and its my day to day, so I am going to the pictures with some of the lads."
Dvr. Jack Robinson sends a cheerful letter telling of his visit to Howard Gabbott and James Coulton and saying "I have got a very nice place here, a room on my own in the same hut as the Padre, and we have some very good food as well. I was pleased to hear about Bill Sutton, John Tindsley and Jimmy Latham, and wish them all the best."
O/S Ken Dandy R.N.writes "I am how starting my training again from where I left off; the best of it is that I am on light duty for two weeks and that suits me fine. I have been trying to find Bill Bretherton, from Bretherton, who came here last Monday, but so far I have had no luck, but I'll find him before long."
LAC Stanley Quinlan writes "I had been working on my aircraft the other day and afterwards went up with it on test to about 10,000 ft. It was lovely, high above the clouds with the sun blazing on us. It was wonderfully calm so we had an exceptionally nice trip. The boys here are just as eager for the N.Ls as I am, so I am going to pin them on the notice board so that all who wish to read them may do so."


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