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August 5th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Next week I am issuing a double number, partly to work off some of the accumulated letters from which, so far, I have not found room to take extracts, and partly because one or two lads have sent me some very good verses which I would like you all to see.
Now that nearly everyone is abroad I appreciate your letters still more, and I am more than ever anxious that you should not lose touch with what is happening week by week in your village.
Very few more photographs are wanted to make the picture gallery in Church a complete record of all the boys and girls away. So if yours is among those missing please do not keep it so long.
With my love and my prayers,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Mary Baybutt and Mary Hodson (Blackgate Lane), have won County Council Scholarships at the Technical School, Preston. Doris Barron and Evelyn Johnson have both won the Tarleton Scholarship. Gymkhana at Bank Hall on Saturday afternoon, some very good competitions, Obstacle race, tilting bucket, boat race, relay etc.
On Saturday afternoon James Coulton, Becconsall Lane, H.B. was married in Tarleton Church to Mary Abram, Blackgate Lane. Bride in white with lace veil and orange blossoms. Jack Abram best man. Reception and wedding breakfast in Tarleton Church School.
On Thursday evening the final Home Guard Competition for the Challenge Cup given by the rector took place on the rectory lawn. The Static Section, or as they are affectionately known "the old sweats", were the winners. To them the rector presented the cup for this turn after Lieut Melling had put in it the wherewithal to quench the thirstiest throats.
Captain Stanley Dean having taken up his duties as second in command of the Company, Lieut. James Melling has taken over command of the Tarleton Platoon.
The A.T.C. (Tarleton Flight) have gone into camp at Squire's Gate under the command of Flying Officer I.T.Peters.
Many Tarleton lads who have joined the Rufford Troop of Boy Scouts have gone to camp with them to Yorkshire.
On Sunday evening the rector dedicated the Belfry Screen given by the Webster family in memory of their father and mother. He also dedicated a mural plaque which he had himself given in memory of his friend and Churchwarden, Mr.Fred Webster.
The village Queen elect, Rosie Twist, who should be crowned next Saturday at the British Legion Carnival on the rectory lawn has joined the W.R.N's., and has written home to her mother saying that she cannot write for another week owing to removing to another billet. However we shall find a queen to be crowned.
During a thunderstorm on Saturday night a thunderbolt struck the house of Mr. Giles Mayor, Park Lane, Holmes. No one was injured but some damage was done.

Dvr. John Iddon writes from the Middle East saying "I have just received eight N.L' s. They are coming through quite well now. I had a letter from Dick Gabbott yesterday saying he is in a very good place and quite near Ronnie Pilkington. My best regards to Dick Blundell, Lewis Clark and my brother who is on the high seas somewhere".
AC1 Tom Parkinson send an airgraph saying "I must say that I am thankful for the N.Ls. and the Mothering Sunday Card received. Molly wrote and told me that my wife felt upset when she saw the Sunday School procession walking round the parish and I was not there, but by some instinct I was thinking that very day that it would be the S.S. party. So you see I was with you all in thought, as I am many a time. I have collected a good few snapshots of the Holy Land which will come in very useful when I get back to S.S. teaching".
L/cpl. Harry Price airgraphs from India to say "Glad to say I am out of hospital and have a good job as 2nd clerk to D.A.O.M.G. at H. Q. Thank you for the extra Easter edition of N.L. and pass on praise to Mrs.Harry Sutton for the grand verse. My best wishes to Bert, Tom Tindsley, Hubert, George Almond. Let me know if anyone is near here as I haven't seen a soul". Gunner Harry Harrison, whose handwriting is really excellent sends a clearly and closely written airgraph saying "At present I am among olive trees and they give good shelter from the boiling sun. I read in one of the N.Ls. that someone said that he would rather be on Active Service than in England because of the spit and polish. Well, if the particular person had been at Wadi Alarit,or at Mareth I think he would have changed his ideas of the labour of spit and polish. I have heard with regret of the death of my cousin Jimmy Latham in his p o-w camp in Japan. Remember me to my three brothers-in-law and all my cousins in the Forces.
L/cpl. Fred Forshaw in his airgraph from India says "I am getting quite used to driving a pony and trap again as this seems to be the popular mode of transport out here. I am finding plenty to interest me out here and provided the war does not last too long I suppose I can't really grumble". Dvr. Billy Harrison airgraphs from B.N.A.F., saying "What do you think of our boys in Sicily. I must say they are doing well. We are still very busy and have never stopped since the war finished over here. I am getting to know wagons upside down. You won't need to take your car to a garage when I come home. Remember me to all the lads not forgetting my brother in India."
Dvr. John Caunce sends his letter from the American Red Cross Hospital in North Africa. He says "I have been here just a fortnight today and am leaving in three days time. With being in hospital I have not received a single letter from anyone, not even a N.L. Remember me to Billy Harrison, Sid Ball, and Tom Dickinson. Also to Tom Spencer and Frank Foulds hoping they have not got tied up yet. Hoping that it will not be long before we shall be able to trot round to the Rectory once again".
AC Freddy Coupe writes from Canada saying "After a very good journey I have found things over here grand. As we travelled through the country everyone waved to us and at one stop we all had an orange given to us. I don't think much of the trains; they are very noisy and one gets covered with soot and dirt, but the speed's alright. It seems funny to be able to go into a shop and buy a bar of chocolate or an ice cream, and it's grand to have lights on the streets. Remember me to Malcom Parkinson and Roger Watson and all the lads and lasses in the Forces".
Dvr. Fred Taylor writes from B.N.A.F. saying "We have been having lots of training and Company parades lately; up at 5 o'clock in the morning. You can think what you like about Army life, but give me good old England and my own work before the Army any time. Remember me to Arthur Worth, Jim Latham, John Hornby and all in the Forces".
A letter dated April 14th., and a post card dated May 12th, arrived together by the same post this week from Stoker William Melling (H.B.) who is far, far away in his ship. He says "It takes me a long while to get my letters where I am at present, but I am sure the N.L. would find anywhere. I am feeling quite fit now after eight weeks in hospital, but I shall feel much better when I get back to my own climate".
Pte. Jack Parker (Liverpool) writes from India to say "I had 28 hours leave last week, so I went to Cherrapundji, only 33 miles away, It is the rainiest place in the world. Last year's rainfall was 382 inches!! Last June was 147 inches. The village seems to be on the top of the world. A native talking to me about it said that looking down on the plain beneath reminded him of when the devil took Christ to the top of an exceeding high mountain from which he could survey the world. The strange thing was that this chap was not a Christian, but a heathen".
Stoker John Twist, R.N., writes "You don't know what excitement there is on a Sunday when the N.L. comes, for all my pals look forward to reading it. I honestly think that we know more about Tarleton than the people who live in it. Would you kindly give my best regards to John Ball, now serving in the Air Force and Billy Lowe who has just joined up. I had a trip on one of our famous boats yesterday and I certainly got a thrill flying through the sea at 60 knots an hour. I thought once that we were going to become Airborne; it was more thrilling than Sillcock's round a bouts".
Dvr. Alan Barnes writes "We are still an advanced Training Depot here and working as hard as ever. Today we had a visit from the C.R.A. and he was quite pleased with everything, in fact so pleased that he gave us the rest of the day off. Please remember me through the N.L. to my brothers in law Harry Harrison (M.E.F.): Dick Townsley; and Billy Benjamin, and all the boys who have been called away from home through this beastly war". O/S Kenneth Dandy sends a letter saying "I am just about ready for going on draft or on a ship. I'm certainly getting a bit tired of barracks, but such is life. Anyway this was only supposed to be a note to let you know my new Mess number, so I'll write again when I have some news".
AC David Hanson, R.A.F. writes "I am enclosing a photo of myself for your collection, and I'm hoping that my next photo will be showing three stripes on my sleeve, but we shall have to work a little more for those. There is not much I can tell you about my daily life except that it is a seven day week when we are flying, and, of course, that depends on the weather".
Marine Sandy Laing says "I have finished my training and I am rather proud to say that I have been selected amongst a few other chaps to go in for a junior promotion course, so I am hoping to have one or two stripes on when I come home on my next leave. Please remember me to all friends in the village when you see them, and also give my best wishes to all in the Forces, Bert Fawke, Tom Dickinson, John Spencer etc."


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