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July 15th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Another short letter this week. But I must find room to exhort you to pray for those of our lads who are once more in the thick of the fighting. They are the ones who, just for the moment, are bearing the burden and heat of the day. They have a right to claim our prayers. Ask your Chaplain to have a short meeting for such prayer and intercession at a convenient time each day. To those in the fighting zone I send my very best wishes. They know they have my prayers continuously.
With my love and my Blessing to all,
Ever your affectionate friend and brother,

The engagement is announced of Stoker Tom Spencer,. R.N. Curacy House, Church Road, to Miss Edith Roddie, of County Donegall, Ireland. (Congratulations,Tom, your mother will now have to grow some shamrock.)
A daughter, the first child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. (Nee Janie Iddon) Charlie Mayor. Mother and daughter doing well.
The infant son of Sapper and Mrs. Norman Barron (nee Mary Ashcroft, Fearns Farm) was christened in Tarleton Parish Church on Sunday and given the name of Kenneth.
Mrs. Jeffrey Wignall (Grace Rigby) is in hospital having had a serious operation. She is doing nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tindsley have received a post card, written by himself, from their son John who is a prisoner of war in Japan. He says he is in good health.
Mrs. Jimmy Latham has received a post card written by her husband presumably before he died of diphtheria whilst a prisoner of war in Japan.
There was a fire last week at the cottage of James Johnson, Tit mouse Brow, H.B., Some fire fell on the hearth rug and set it alight. H.B. N.F.S. and the Southport Fire Brigade came to the rescue. No one injured but about £75 worth of damage done.
Miss Mary Butterworth, Carr Lane, used to live in Coe Lane, is very seriously ill.
Barlows, from Sollom Lock have taken over Mrs. Sutton's shop in Hesketh Lane, and their daughter Hazel has left the Co op to manage it.

Ten airgraphs come this week, all from North Africa.
LAC Bert Barron writes "Am pleased to say the N.Ls are arriving although the address is wrong. I have written you three times to rectify the mistakes and I only hope that my letters are not feeding the little fishes in Davy Jones' locker. In your next N.L. remember me to Cousin Bob and Harold Aspey, and "may we all meet again soon."
Dvr. Joe Wait in his airgraph says "So far I have only met one lad who knows anything about Tarleton, a relation of Tom Spencer, a chap called Morris. He has spent a lot of time at Fazackerley's Farm in Blackgate Lane. I have passed the N.Ls on to him. He wishes to be remembered to Tom and George Spencer and Tom Fazackerley. Remember me to all the lads and lassies in the Forces, especially those behind the Line."
Lieut. Stanley Baldwin airgraphs "At the moment I am seeing a lot of -. the town so many Tarleton lads have already visited. I like the place quite a lot, it is very similar, as regards the beach and promenade, to lots of our own sea side places. The sea is lovely here and perfect for bathing and boating. I enjoy the climate and do not find it too hot up to date. Kind regards to all in H.M. Forces.
Dvr. Billy Parkinson says "I read in one of the N.Ls that Sergt. N. Dewhurst had gone overseas. I should be very pleased if you would convey my best wishes to him in your next N.L. I hope that I shall have the good fortune to come across him out here; that is if he has come to this part of the world. I hope I shall have the opportunity of seeing you also soon, so cheerio."
Sergt. Nick Dewhurst sent his first letter after arriving in the Middle East to say "I had quite a large mail waiting for me when I arrived, 24 letters in all and 3 N.Ls. I did enjoy reading them after being without for ten weeks. I must say that this part of the world, although there is nothing but sand, is much better than I expected. I am back at my old job teaching musketry. I had a trip to a nearby town and went into a cafe and whom should I see but a lad from Longton named Jack Hindle. It was great to be able to have a chat using the good old Lancashire dialect. Kind regards to all in the village and all in H.M. Forces."
Dvr. Robert Bond in his airgraph from the M.E.F. says "I guess that Army is a good education only for the war being on. I get all the local papers from my mother and I get plenty of news from them; but there is nothing to beat the N.L. It makes everything seem real and homely. Remember me to all in the Forces, especially to my dear pal Rfln. Charlie Wright, not forgetting the other C. Wright and Bill Hudson, and tell them I hope it will not be long before we have a real good celebration on our home coming."
L/Cpl. Harley McKean writes by airgraph "The last time I wrote I told you I had met Stanley Baldwin; well, unfortunately we had to move away suddenly and I only got to see him just that once. I see in the N.L. that Alf Rowland wishes to be remembered to me. 'Thanks, Alf, and every success in your flying course'. Remember me to my brothers Frank and Dick and my brother in law Bill."
Corpl. Jimmy Burns airgraphing from the M.E.F. says "Many thanks for the N.Ls. When I wrote last I said I had not received them all chiefly because I was running from one end of the M.E. to the other after Rommel and his gang. But they are finding me alright now. I had a letter from my brother Tom who has arrived nearby. I see that almost all the Tarleton boys are N.C.Os and Officers. Good going. Remember me to all the boys in the Forces, not forgetting the girls."
Trooper Alec Barnish gets a lot on his airgraph. He says "Since the battle finished out here we have held some very nice Services and Communions each Sunday morning in camp. We have a very fine padre with us. Bill Davenport and myself wish to convey our best wishes to all the local boys and girls now serving with the Forces. I have had one days' leave to a noted city here and enjoyed it very much after having been in the desert for 12 months."
Dvr. Dick Sephton airgraphs from the M.E.F. "I am doing fine now after my 19 weeks in hospital, and I am in a different country, which I find better than the last as for three years I saw nothing but sand, and now I am amongst the mountains and green fields. By the way, do you hear from Jimmy Burns now? I have lost touch with him since he and I were both posted. We are very busy now and I suppose we shall be for some time, but why worry so long as we speed up the victory."
Sapper Eric Edmondson writes "I am one of the soldiers that arrived over here when the fighting had finished. I haven't seen anybody from Tarleton out here so far, but I always keep my eyes open just in case. There is one thing I miss and that is the green fields. I must tell you about the Church bell that rings here; its like the one that rings, or used to ring at Tarleton Parish Church, and it always gives me a pleasant feeling."
O/S William Hudson, R.N. (Mere Brow) sends a letter full of most aggravating windows, the work of a most punctilious censor. Between these windows we find Bill saying "You will see by the address (which by the way has been windowed) that I have joined my ship, and she's a lovely job, all nice and clean. I would like you through the N.L. to remember me to C. Wright (Chuck); C. Wright (Tabby Nook and R.A.F.) R. Bond; and tell R. Bond I might be (the rest is windowed, so Dick its up to you to guess.) I am on watch at 4 a.m. so I will turn into my bunk."
Sapper Dick Johnson writes "A few days ago we were reviewed by the King. I can assure you that quite a lot of us were surprised when they found out who actually was paying us a visit. Quite a number of us had been making wild guesses. Tomorrow is Sunday, a day off, though no Service is being held. It is not very often that we get the opportunity of attending Church, the last Service was held in an old Roman ruin built nearly two thousand years ago."
O/S Tom Dickinson writes from his ship to say "Last Tuesday whilst coming from -- to here I was sea sick. The ship, I think, did everything except overturn and take off. I dare bet she jumped two feet every time she hit a wave. Will you, please, remember me to Frank McKean, Jack Marsden, Tom Bolton and all my other pals in the Forces; there are so many I could fill a page full of their names"
AB Frank McKean, R.N. also writes from his ship saying "I have seen from time to time what a smashing time the lads of ours out M.E. have had. I cannot say the same for I was not there very long. We finished when we saw them on the way to Viqtory, but, believe me, sir, we Navy chaps take our hats off to them; they did a wonderful job. I see my brother Harley has been splashing ink your way. I received my first letter from him not long ago, although both of us have written often. Give my best wishes through the N.L. to my brothers Dick and Bill, the Stoker R.N., also to all the lads and girls from Tarleton.
AB Will Ball (Scoot) is another sending a letter from his ship. He says "After being two months without a letter you can imagine the surprise we had when we knew that a mail had come aboard. There is not very much I can tell you about the place where we are as the censor will only cut it out. I met one of the boys from Bank Hall the other day for a short time, so you see it is a small world after all. "
Bombadier Dick Blundell writes "I have been promoted to Motor Mechanic. I went on a Tank Course to ---- , where I spent most of the time in hospital. The day following my return we started out on a three weeks' intensive training from which we returned last night; and last night was about the second time I have had my clothes off since we started, as we have been on the job almost day and night."

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