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July 29th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Most of the talk of the village just at present is about the visit of Wilfred Pickles to crown our new village Queen, who, as I have told you, is Rosie Twist. I am afraid that it will be rather a tame affair this year as no one seems inclined to much festivity with all you away. As a matter of fact, as you know, you were the very ones who added real gaiety to the show. I again have to ask you to remember daily in your prayers those of our lads who are in Sicily. And I wonder if you ever pray for us at home? I do not mean your actual relatives for I suppose they are never out of your prayers but I do mean myself and people like me; for we do need your prayers and will certainly thank you for them.
With my very best love and good wishes,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Nurse Norah Pearson, who is a Queen Alexandra Nurse in a Military Hospital in India, Frank Foster, who is now convalescent, and Eric Hind all met in a town in India and had tea together.
Mrs. Caunce, Mere Brow the mother of John and Alice, raffled a woollen rug she had made herself, and made nearly £9 for the N.L.Fund.
The Ladies of the British Legion and the Mothers' Union joined together and had a Whist Drive and Bring and Buy Sale on the rectory lawn on Tuesday in aid of a particular War Fund and made £30.
On leave this week: Jimmy Sutton: Walter Rawsthorne: Bob Iddon, who used to work for Jack Mee; John Webster.
Freddy Harrison has been promoted a Sergeant in the A.T.C.
The wife of Frank McKean, Church Road, has presented him with a son. We congratulate them upon this event. Both mother and child are doing well. This is their first child and they have been married 32 years.
Little Beryl Hodson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hodson, Blackgate Lane, died on Sunday morning at the Isolation hospital at Aughton from cerebral meningitis. She was just turned three years old.
Mr. William Rupert Martland, Haulage Contractor, Dam Brooke Farm, Liverpool Road, Rufford, was electrocuted when unloading manure at Hawthorne Farm, Gill Lane, Longton. He was on top of his wagon when he thought he was falling and clutched at the electric wires overhead to save himself. He was 54 years old. Verdict: Death by misadventure. He was buried at Rufford on Saturday.
Kenneth Ogden came home an leave, was taken ill with acute febrile gastritis and has been in bed for some days. He hopes to return to his Unit on Tuesday. Arthur Barron has been granted eight weeks' leave to help his father who has not been well.
The rector's cat Tinker has presented him with a family of five. Mother and children are doing extremely well.
To day is the rector's birthday and he is somewhere between sixty and seventy so he is what is known as "getting on".
Preston, Hutton and Ormskirk Grammar Schools have broken up for the summer holidays. Some of the Preston boys, Tom Forshaw amongst them, are going felling trees in Yorkshire.

Dvr. John Caunce sends an airmail saying "While I am writing this letter there are guns going off in every direction. I am very sorry to say that we have no Chaplain in our Company so I have not been able to go to any Service; well, I shall have to make up for that when I get back. I am very glad to hear that Yorrie Davies is safe and Ken Dandy getting better. Please remember me to John Spencer and Frank Foulds and thank John for the airmail. Also please remember me to Fred Forshaw, Ernie and Sid Ball, Billy Harrison and all the rest of the lads in the Forces."
Gdsn. Aubrey Smith sends an airgraph saying "Just to let you know that I have arrived safely in North Africa and had a very good crossing. I will be most pleased if you will forward the N.L. I am thinking of transferring to my brother's Regt. and will let you know later if I do. He has been out here two years now.
The Rev. E.J. Forse, who is a Padre in the neighbourhood of Iraq, sends an airgraph to say "I am still alive although slowly melting away with the heat. I have been on an eight days' course to Jerusalem followed by an eight days' leave. It meant a month away from this scene of desolation as the travelling took 14 days. By the time you get this airgraph I hope to have been moved to a more salubrious climate, as I have already handed over my work to my successor."
O/S Tom Dickinson sends a few lines from his ship saying "You know that Scotch lad who wrote to you? Well, I have met him here on board his ship as he is in the same harbour as I am. We had quite a lot to talk about. Will you please remember me to John Caunce, Bert Fawke and Tom Bolton?".
O/S. Ken Dandy writes "I am sitting in the Y.M.C.A. at the moment waiting for my dinner which I have just ordered, so when I suddenly break off you will know that it has come. I have found Bill Bretherton. He is in a Mess close to mine so I can see him often. Thanks for the N.L. and if possible I should like the Parish Magazine. I enjoy reading it nearly as much as the N.L. It is Sunday and I am going to Church in ---- to day."
Corpl. Bert Price sends an interesting letter in which he says "Thanks for the N.L. which never fails to bring back happy memories to us who are trying to carry on the Christian Faith, and I'm sure our fellow pals away from home, and especially those abroad, will do this to the best of their ability knowing that they fight for the Truth and God's Freedom for all Peace loving people. Send our Harry my best wishes and also return my sincerest good luck to Jim Burns, Harry Cookson and Jim Leacy."
Gdsn. Harry Crook writes "Please remember me to my cousin Hugh and tell him I shall be writing any time now, also best wishes to Jimmy Burns,Ted Barnish, Hubert Tindsley and all the others. This morning I was around Bagshot, Egham, Virginia Water etc. and Kent or no Kent it is the Garden of England. It would interest me to hear your views on the war now. It seems to me like doing a prize Crossword puzzle one doesn't know which answer is the best. I keep hoping to hear some news of Bill Sutton."
A.B. William Ball (Scoot) writes from his ship saying "I am afraid that I cannot tell you where I am at the present except that I am thousands of miles away. But no matter where my ship may be the ever faithful N.L. seems to arrive. I was showing them to a friend of mine and he saw the name of John Hornby B.E.M., and he told me he knew him very well and had spent two years in the same Mess and on the same ship a few years back. I would be very pleased if you will keep sending the Tarleton N.L. even though H.B. has started sending one."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from his very far off station saying "Its grand to hear from home and the boys and girls who, like myself, are many miles away. We all ought to say a special prayer for all our boys who are prisoners of war. It is now Sunday and six o'clock and I am thinking very much of home. In my thoughts I can hear the Church Bells ringing and can see my wife and I going to Church. Then a lovely walk down the Carriage Drive and back down the canal. Let us hope it won't be long before those happy days are with us again.
Through the good old N.L. (space permitting) give my best wishes to my sister in law Mrs. Forshaw, also to Nick, somewhere at sea, on the arrival of the baby, and good luck to them all. To those away from home, God Bless them and a speedy return."
ACW1 Elsie Winstanley sends a cheerful letter saying "I am on a P.O.C. Unit and letters are very strictly censored. My only open topic seems to be the WAAF Station Band. I have been in it since it commenced and we have been on Wings for Victory parades at Fleetwood, Lytham, St. Annes, Poulton, Blackpool and Preston. Also we are often on Church Parade on Sunday morning. We don't relish parading round Blackpool during the holiday season. It makes us feel rather like a Punch and Judy show."
The Rev. William Fraser writes from the Free Church Manse, Kiltarlity, Beauly, Inverness, saying "I happened to be travelling in the train to the north and came in contact with Gunner Arthur Harrison. We had a very helpful and interesting conversation and among other things we touched on religious matters and I found he was deeply interested. He referred to a weekly news letter you sent your lads, serving in the Forces, and said how much it was appreciated by them. May I ask if you would be so kind as to send me a copy and I will be deeply indebted to you. Harrison had a companion with him from his home town, and both seemed very fine fellows." `
O/A Jimmy Sutton, R.N. writes "I have now been here five months and it won't be very long before I am 'on my way' again. I am ready when they are. I have not many pals here only the blacksmith and the chippy and we cannot find anything here to do except going to the pictures. The lads seem all to be away but me; why I don't know, unless, of course, they think I am too good looking or something like that. I don't owe them anything so it can't be that. But they keep telling me that there is tons of time yet. If there is at bit to spare in the N.L. I would be glad if you would give my cousin James Coulton my best wishes, and also Harley McKean, if he remembers me."
Rfn.Charlie Wright (Chuck) writes "I am billeted in a fine big castle here. It is lovely in summer time but I don't like the idea of staying here in the winter. The nearest town is eight miles off. There is one good thing about it. We can save this big Army pay we now get as we have nothing to spend it on. Will you please give my kind regards to my old pals William Hudson, C. Wright and especially my very old pal R. Bond. I haven't forgotten the last time he was asking for me when he said we were like brothers. He is quite right. We have been pals for years and think a lot of each other."

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