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July 1st 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
My letter this week must be very short because I have quite a good deal of Home Front news and still more Extracts from letters and I want to squeeze as much in as I can. So will content myself with wishing you, one and all, the best of good fortune and assure you that you are never out of my prayers.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate Friend and Pastor,

Births in Tarleton during his week: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Barron, a son: Mr. and Mrs. Golifer (nee Margaret Coulton, Sollom) Moss Lane, a son: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hague (nee Annie Kershaw) Coe Lane, a daughter. All doing very well.
Parish Church Tea Party last Saturday. Like old times: Hesketh Bank Band, procession round Parish, sumptuous tea in schools (children brought their own teas which were pooled) Silcocks with a wonderful assortment of Fair paraphernalia on Recreation Ground. Crowds of people on field.
Mrs. Lowe, Moss Lane, died on Saturday and was buried at Tarleton on Tuesday. She was 88 years old.
Mrs. Price, Blackgate Lane, has heard that her son L/Cpl. Harry Price has had a serious accident and is in hospital. Harry is in the B.N.A.F.
Mr. Melling, at Farrington's, opposite Toppings in Church Rd, is seriously ill.
Sports day at Hutton Grammar School last Saturday.
Fred Bentham has been called up to the Army.
Nellie Rimmer, Moss Side Farm, Mere Brow was married last Saturday at Holmes Methodist Chapel to James Spencer Wright, Wright' s Farm, Moss Side, Mere Brow.
AC Freddy Coupe home on embarkation leave. Raymond came from Teddirgton, and Barbara from her A.T.S. Station in Yorkshire to spend the week end with him.
The G.O.C. Western Command has awarded Certificates for Gallantry and good service to the following members of the Home Guard: Sergt. Nick Taylor (Coe Lane). Sgt. B. Stringfellow (H.B.) and C.Q.M.S. William Hull (son of Robert Hull, Wheelwright) of Croston. We congratulate then all on the honour conferred upon them.
Ken Dandy is once again in a Naval hospital, this time with a sore throat.

Dvr. Robert Bond writes from the M.E.F. "The heat out here is terrific and there is not much work to do at the moment. I have had quite a few letters from Chuck recently and I believe the other C. Wright has written also, and Billy Hudson. Please remember me to them, especially Chuck as he is a very dear friend of mine, almost a brother to me."
Artificer Billy Parkinson sends an airgraph from the M.E.F. "I have received a constant flow of N.Ls and I can assure you they are very welcome. Since I last wrote you I have been in Tunis which is a very nice place, about the best I have been in throughout the whole campaign, but we are now back in the sand once again I am sorry to say."
Sergt. George Almond in his airgraph from the M.E.F. says "We have been actively participating in the Tunisian effort. You remember that I told you that I had met my brother in law Hubert Tindsley, in Egypt, and then again on Christmas Day in Lybia; well a couple of weeks ago we met again in Tunisia. We are supposed to be having a rest period just now, but if we hadn't been told we should not have known. Leave, as most people understand it, is a sort of myth with us we've heard speak of it !!"
Gunner Harry Harrison sends a long letter from the B.N.A.F. saying "You will have heard a lot about the 51st Highland Division. You will remember when I last saw you I had H.D. on my sleeves. Today I am very proud to have been fighting with such a fine crowd of men. I have come through the great battle from Alamein to a few miles from Tunis. One of our great leaders has said that it would be sufficient in years to come, when asked what was my share in the great war, to say that I marched with the 8th Army. I cannot understand the language round here or else the people do not understand my Lancashire twang, but the French do seen to be very nice people".
L/Cpl. Hewitson sends an interesting letter from the B.N.A.F. enclosing a Form of the Thanksgiving Service held by the lst Army after their great victory. He writes from Bizerta "We had our Thanksgiving on Sunday last at the 'Stadium' which is a plain football field with a grandstand about as big as the steps leading up to your front door. The biggest affair, of course, was at Tunis, and, I should have liked to have been there. That was our original destination, but instead of going to that city of gaiety, life and civilization, we were diverted here. The air here is thick with swallows and martins, and I have just seen my first seagull since leaving England."
L/Cpl. Stanley Johnson (H.B.) sends a letter from the B.N.A.F.saying "I am spending a seven days' leave in a rest camp and making the most of it, swimming in the so called blue Mediterranean. It certainly is blue and a tourists' paradise for peace time, but let me get back to Tarleton and they can give N. Africa to the tourists.. Anyone who tells you that the Army life is a lazy one, or easy, just biff him for me, Sir, will you? I have worked harder than ever I did in civvie street and they don't have any special knocking off times out here either."
Sapper Dick Johnson writes from the M.E.F. saying "Just across the road from our camp is an old Roman amphitheatre which I believe is 1900 years old and this is where we are entertained by different Concert Parties each night. Yesterday I was in Tripoli once again on a day's pass. It did not go down too well as it is not quite back to normal yet. I was rather hoping to meet a few Tarleton lads stationed in the vicinity, but had no luck."
L/Cpl. Harry Cookson writes from near the North Pole to say. "Thanks on behalf of the lads and myself in the hut for the N.Ls which I receive so punctually every week. So here is some breezy news from a breezy place. I read about my cousin Sergt. E. Ball saying that in Scotland there is only one day of summer each year. Just let him know that where I am if one goes for a haircut one misses summer right away. That's one up on E. Ball. Do remind the lads and lassies that I think of them all whether far or near."
O/S Robert Gilchrist who comes from somewhere in Scotland and so far has never seen the nicest village in the British Isles (Tarleton, of course) writes; "You have probably heard about me from Tom Dickinson as the Scotch lad who has been with him ever since he has been in the Navy. I got your address from a friend in Preston, Miss Nellie Farrington. Will you please send me a News Letter once a while to know how Tom is getting on now that we are separated. Tell him I was asking for him."
Gunner Harold Aspey writes "I have had to leave Regimental H.Q. after 14 months there and am now back on the guns. I would still be there but all the A.1. men have to be replaced at Regt. H.Q. by men of lower grade category. I was ever so pleased to hear about Bill Sutton and others being safe after being missing for so long. It must have been good news for their parents. Also I am very glad that Yorrie Davies is safe. I would like to be remembered to them if you have room in the N.L., and also to all others whom I know from good old Tarleton."
Corpl. Bert Price says in his letter "As you will see I have got my second stripe which I am determined to hold on to as long as I can, and, as my brother Harry is now a L/Cpl. it is a small competition between us. On Saturday afternoon we held a Tennis Tournament and the Sergt. Major and yours truly managed to get to the final, but could not just pull it off and lost 6 3, 5 6, 6 4".
Dvr. Bob Iddon writes "I came off guard last night, so today I am orderly and am having a rest after the guard. Please remember me to all my pals from Tarleton and Bretherton who are away from home."
L/Cpl. Arthur Worth sends a nice letter saying "I have been away from camp for a few weeks on the different convoy runs up and down the country from Land's End to John O'Groats. I have not heard of or seen any of our lads from Tarleton. Will you please remember me to all the lads in the different Forces."
Gunner Tom Fazackerly writes a cheerful letter saying "We have all to go swimming tomorrow, but we don't mind it as it will be a change. I am writing during the night by the side of the telephone. I am off duty in about 15 minutes so I have not a lot of time to say much more. I have got nicely settled in again and find everything much the same."
Gunner James Coulton says "I have landed near - and am in a very nice place. It is a grand camp with plenty of good food. I think that I can get leave to be married in about three week's time."
AC2 John Ball (Bretherton, was at Garlick's) sends his first letter saying, "I was pleased to read that O/S Ken Dandy has got back to his training. I see he is trying to find my civvie street pal Bill Bretherton. Hugh Sutton seems to be doing well for himself, he is also a pal of mine. I have got in the Concert Party here. We were playing at a place about 30 miles away one night and after we had finished I was told that a L/Cpl. wanted me outside. I was surprised to find it was Bill Barker from Tarleton. I talked to him for a short time and then I had to leave him as the Squadron Leader was in a bad mood. Remember me to Mr. Peters and the boys in the A.T.C."
Sapper George Barker says "I have been down with food poisoning for three weeks only getting well enough to go home on leave. While on leave I visited no one, but I did attend the wedding of my sister Sally to Ernie Buck of H.B., and I had the pleasure of having my daughter christened at Hoole. We gave her the name of Brenda."

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