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July 8th 1943

My dear boys and girls,
Another short letter because I want to get as many extracts from letters into the week's N.L. as I can. You will notice that a good mail has come in from overseas and I know you like to hear about our comrades abroad. But you all know, that you are never out of my prayers and I continually pray that God, of His goodness, will protect you all.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Herbert Parkinson, Blackgate Lane, was married on Saturday in Burscough Parish Church, to Margaret Caunce, of Burscough.
Mr. Yorrie Davies, who is a Pilot Officer in the R.A.F. has been awarded the D.F.M. for distinguished service. He has taken part in many bombing raids over Germany.
Mr. Wilfred Pickles, the B.B.C. announcer, now staring in Blackpool at the Opera House, in the Revue "We're all in it now", has promised to come to Tarleton to crown the Village queen Miss Rosie Twist at the British Legion Carnival at the Rectory on Saturday, July 31st.
L.A.C Walter Rawsthorne, who has been in Canada for some considerable time is now back in England, and is on 14 days' leave.
Frank Foster is now quite recovered from his accident. He is still in Hospital in India, but hopes to go back to his Unit next week.
Tarleton Scholarship was held last Friday. There were 26 candidates.
Kenneth Dandy is now convalescent.

Cpl. Harry Price sends an airgraph from India saying "I am in hospital at present with ear trouble, but hope to be out by the time you get this. While I was out on a job I saw many strange Biblical scenes and shall have plenty of stories to tell when I see you again."
Cpl. Jimmy Sutton sends his airgraph from the M.E.F. to say "It is Sunday afternoon as I write. This morning we went out for a walk and came back with our pockets full of apricots and plums. We have also found numerous tortoises and large green lizards varying from one to two feet in length".
Dvr. John Caunce sends a nice long letter from the B.N.A.F. saying "I see that Billy Harrison says there is not much work in the Army; well, all I can say to this is that he should get a transfer to my Company. The time is now 9.30 p.m. and I have only just got in. We set off this morning at 6 o'clock and have been on the go ever since. When you knock off one hour for dinner and 1/2 hr. for tea you can still say we have been driving 13 1/2 hours, but as you know I can stick on the road as long as it means getting to my destination in time. I hope it won' t be long before I am back at the Rectory. Please remember me to Billy Harrison and tell him to look out for 599 on the front wing, driver's side."
L/Sergt. Harry Forrest writes by airgraph from the 9th Army, "In your N.Ls I get more news about the local lads than from any other of my mail. Please remember me to all my brothers in law, Dick,Tommy, Jim, and George Barker and George West. I hear from Jim fairly often but he has now gone further away from me. I am keeping very well indeed and hope to see you before long."
Dvr. John Iddon in his airgraph from the M.E.F. writes "It is very nice here, a lot of olive groves, and the scenery itself very much like Tarleton. We are able to spend a day in Tripoli once in a while, and we also have the pleasure of a dip in the sea which is refreshing. I have two mates from Wales who enjoy reading the N.L."
Dvr. Robert Bond (Mere Brow) airgraphs from the M.E.F. "I am pleased to say that the N.Ls are coming through regularly; actually I get more news from them than I do from home. Remember me to all the boys and girls from Tarleton and district, especially to the two C. Wrights and Bill Hudson. Tell them I hope it won't be long before we can take our usual week end trip to town."
Sto. Wm. Melling (H.B.) sends his airgraph from aboard his ship to say "The only person I have met out here that I know is Joe Moore of H.B., so we had to make a night of it. I am busy at present as I have an exam. to pass for a Leading Stoker. Please remember me to Bob Jackson of Bretherton who is serving in the M.E.F., also Joe Power of H.B. I'm quite well I'm getting what we call 'choker' of this climate."
Corpl. Ted. Barnish sends another airgraph from the M.E.F. saying "I hope the day is not far distant when I shall be paying you another visit. It seems years since I had a word with you. I'd give anything to attend Holy Communion at Tarleton Church again. I still remember my last appearance at the old Church when I came on a week end leave". (Well,Ted, we can all assure you that we shall be as pleased to see you as, doubtless, you will be to see us.)
Corpl. Austin Barton writes from a Military Hospital in North Africa to say, "You will, no doubt, be sorry to hear that I am in hospital as the result of a crash on my motorbike. I am doing very nicely, but I am afraid that it is going to be a longer job than I thought. The N.L. has found me here already. I have damaged the index finger on my right hand and also my right eye is not as it should be, and, to crown all, I am not allowed to sit up, so please excuse the writing." (Am very sorry to hear of the accident, Austin, and pray that you will soon be quite alright again.)
Gdns. John Moss sends a letter from the 8th Army, in M.E.F. saying "You will know that my brother Walter and I have had the luck to meet out here, the first time just outside Tobruk, and the second time outside Tunis. I am now in my Dad's old Battalion, which has been out here near enough five years and has the longest service of any Batt. in the Middle East. From the N.L. I see that John Iddon, Billy Parkinson and Robert Moss are near me, but have not had the luck to meet them yet. Please convey, through the N.L., my best wishes to Kenneth Nicholson, and to John Iddon and Dick Gabbott, whom I hope to meet any day now."
Pte. Fred Bentham writes "Please remember me through the N.L. to three of my pals, D. Hanson, and James and William Harrison, all of Kearsley Ave. And please send me the N.L. each week, as news from home seems to cheer one up a great deal."
Corpl. Dick Townsley writes from the Midlands saying "I was at a Battle School which is supposed to have the most severe training in the country, and I can quite believe it is. The first 10 days of the course I was afraid I was going to die, and the second 10 days I was afraid that I wasn't, so you can imagine what it was like. It was what they call "Battle innoculation".
L.A.C. Hugh Melling writes ''I had a letter from Charlie Wright (Tabby Nook) a few weeks ago. He said he would give me his new address. He has not done so, so will you please remind him through the N.L.? Please remember me to Uncle Bert, in North Africa, Harry Crook, the Burns Brothers, and all the other Tarletonians".
Marine Sandy Laing says in his letter "I passed 2nd Class on rifles and am going in for my Bren test this week, and hope to pass O.K. Please remember me to Bert Fawke, Tom Dickinson and all in H.M. Forces."
Pte. Robert Hull writes "I know you have been in this town many times so I need not tell you what a fine place it is. We have good food, and as there is only a detachment of us here we get a rest day every 6 days. Please remember me to all the boys and girls in the Forces wherever they are, and especially to William and Jimmy Harrison, Jack Marsden, John Caunce, Jack Moss, Harry Woosey and Ken Dandy."
AC David Hanson, R.A.F. writes "Tonight (Saturday) I have been to see one of my pals who has been in hospital and is now in our old hut. Just imagine my surprise when he handed me a N.L., this week's too! We were in one of the 'planes the other day and were discussing various topics with our Corpl. instructor, when he mentioned smash at - and the instructor in that 'plane. It seems he was a friend of Robert Moss, who was that particular instructor. I see that Frank Cairns is in Canada, so if you will say 'hello for me, I shall be grateful."
Pte. Nellie Pendlebury, A.T.S. says "We have a very nice Padre here and he took your address down to drop you a line. I like the A.T.S. life very much. The people here are very sociable and I have made quite a few good friends. I would like you to remember me to my brother Gerrard now serving in India, and also to all the boys and girls in the Forces, not forgetting Evelyn Taylor."
Gunner John Ball writes "The days are very long for us. We have to be up by half past four in the morning and it is eleven o'clock when we stand down. I get a day off every eight or ten days and sometimes an evening pass. So far I have not met anyone I know round here."
LACW Margaret Moss sends a letter from her new station saying "The place is quite nice and I have settled down very well. We are billeted two minutes walk from the village. This is the first time since I have been in the Forces that I have been so near civilization. The village people are very nice and very kind to us."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from near the North Pole says "As soon as I got into our Office there were two N.Ls and the Church Magazine waiting for me; so after reading them I didn't feel quite so browned off."

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