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August 12th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Last week I promised that this issue would be a double summer number containing a few verses composed by some of you and kindly sent to me. Well, I am afraid that I must disappoint you and postpone this treet for another week. I am only one man, and this week I have been terribly busy trying to do the work of at least three men. As you will see from the Home Front News we had the British Legion Carnival on Saturday and as you all know the major portion of work for that event falls on my shoulders. Then, too, in the middle of the week I had to go to Yorkshire. However, I will, indeed try my utmost to make next week's a bumper number.
Things are going well for the Allies at present. You are doing your part exceedingly well. It is now up to us stay at homes to see that when you do return it is to something worth fighting and living for.
In the last war the Stay at homes failed us in this respect. Let us hope that we, to day, shall not be guilty of the same neglect. It is up to us to lay the foundations of a new world, a veritable City of God, it will then be up to you to build upon those foundations. I hope that none of us will fail.
With my love and all my prayers,
Ever your affectionate friend,

On Saturday Mr. Wilfred Pickles, accompanied by his wife, came to Tarleton and crowned our Village Queen. Rosie Twist had been chosen for queen but she was called up for the W.R.Ns and was almost immediately sent abroad, so we chose her first Lady in waiting, Brenda Ward, and crowned her. Wet all the afternoon, but the Queen was successfully crowned between showers. Rufford Band. Also present Colonel W.H.V. Jones, M.B.E. and Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Croft, Lieut. James Melling (H.G.), Major and Mrs. Fergusson. £24 taken for British Legion Funds.
Mrs. John Grayson (nee Martha Ward) has presented her husband with a son.
Mrs. Richard Barron (Mary Barron, Bungalow corner of Kearsley Ave. and Hesketh Lane) has been taken to Liverpool to undergo a very serious operation.
Fred Forshaw has met Dr. Herbert Croft, who is a Captain in the R.A.M.C. in the region of Delhi. They spent a pleasant time together.
Jack Robinson has now returned to England after spending over two years in Ireland.
On Leave:-
Dick Townsley, Harry Cookson, Bob Iddon (used to work for Jack Mee), Will Riding (New Road.)
Bad accident at foot of Penwortham Hill near lights. Heavy lorry and Private car in collision.
Ruth Sutton, Mayo Cottages, Ralph's wife's lane, Banks, was married on Saturday in the Methodist Chapel, Banks, to John Taylor, of Moss Lane, H.B. who is in the Navy.
Bob Harrison, who comes from Wigan and stays for his holidays at Cookson's Basket Shop, was also married last Saturday.

L/Cpl. Frank Foster airgraphs from India saying "I am just out of dock and consider myself a very lucky fellow indeed. Have just received a whole heap of N.Ls containing references to myself. Could you thank everyone for their kind thoughts and good wishes, and would it be possible to mention by name in the N.L. Tom Tindsley, Hugh Melling, Billy Benjamin, Harry Crook and Tom Bolton? The last fortnight has been a notable one for me. I have met Nora Pearson, Eric Hind and Lewls Clark. Four Tarletonians together so far from the village! Truly an occasion of note! Reading and puffing a pipe are now my chief forms of enjoyment."
O/S R. Iddon, R.N. (H.B.), writes from his ship "Thank you for the N.Ls received the other day; they are still as good as ever. I had a very good catch of mail when we entered harbour, and I can assure you there can never be too much. I read and re read my mail until I almost know every detail by heart. I have been recommended to appear before an Admiralty Selection Board, and if successful I shall continue my training as a cadet. I recently saw a flying fish actually fly on to the Forecastle. I had it for breakfast and I can assure you that it was very welcome after weeks of tinned food."
Corpl. Kenneth Nicholson, Royal Marines, who, after spending three years in eastern waters is not in a home port, writes "Just like a faithful dog the N.L. follows one round. I must agree that it is the finest Service Letter I have ever come across. To all my friends and comrades I send, and wish, the best of good fortune. Congratulations to all who have been promoted and married."
LAC Tom Smith who is at present stationed at what, in pre war days at any rate, was regarded as the "Eton", or maybe "Sandhurst" of the R.A.F., writes "The food is quite good, the beds uncomfortable and the work hard. We haven't much time on our hands. Seldom have I seen so many nationalities represented. At times the N.A.A.F.I. resembles an international conference. My billet, strangely enough, houses a very ordinary crowd of chaps, the majority of whom hail from Lancashire and Yorkshire. Contrary to custom, there is little or no friction between the rival Houses of the Roses."
Sergeant. Ernie Ball sends a short note saying "Just a few lines from a country which is very pleasant to the eye on postcards. I am afraid that news from this end of the globe will be scarce this week. I think that "Musso" must have had a sniff of Tarleton brawn on his doorstep to make him throw in his towel, and I do not think that it will be long now before the rest of the gang throw in their towels; so there may be a chance of Ice Cream being on the market again shortly."
O/S Hugh Sutton, R.N. (Bretherton) writing from abroad says "I have now arrived at my destination after a very pleasant trip. I am sorry to say that I am not allowed to tell you where I am, but it is certainly not as nice as old England. I have never been sea sick yet, but I suppose I shall be before long, as they tell me it gets very rough here in winter. I was sorry to hear that Ken Dandy has been in hospital again with a sore throat, he certainly is having some bad luck"
WRN Rose Twist who should have been crowned village Queen on Saturday, but was sent abroad instead, writes "You will be pleased to hear that when boarding the ---- train at ---- I found myself sitting next to Vernon Ogden. He was on his way abroad and we spent the journey talking about Tarleton. I am a real sea going Wren now. I like being in the Service very much. It is a grand life. At the moment I am confined to bed with a sprained ankle. I slipped on the boat when coming across and twisted it."
Pte. William Lowe (Sollom) writes "I am now in camp but have not quite got settled in yet. I have been put in the Loyal Regt: It is the same badge as that of our Home Guards. The food is very good." (Good luck, Billy, I was in the Loyal Regiment for over 25 years, and I can assure you that it is the best Line Regt. other lads please note no offence meant in the world. It is known as the "Lancashire Guards")
Pte. Harry Woosey writes "I am now in the Pioneer Corps, not the pick and shovel mob. It is a different mob on its own, this one I'm in. I am a Gunner no more, but a Private. The food is very good here; you can't beat the Southern Command for food. It is much better than the Western Command. I am properly brown with the sun and still putting on weight, and am more like my old self again. Please remember me to all the lads and lassies wherever they may be."
A.C.2 Sydney Cookson (H.B.) writes "I would just like to say how much I wish everyone from Tarleton and Hesketh Bank the very best and a speedy, safe return. May God be with each and every one as their needs may be. I think that our prayers at this time should be to thank GOD for all his great gifts of Victory in the Middle East. Let us hope that we shall be ready and worthy of final victory, for then will come the most decisive moment the world has seen for nearly two thousand years."
Dvr. Robert Parkinson writes "I am now in civvy billets which is very nice indeed after being so long in a camp. The starting and finishing times are much the same."
AC2 J. L. Clarkson (Bretherton) writes his first letter saying "I have not received any N.Ls yet, but hope to do so in the near future, for I should like to know what the lads have to say from our home towns. Remember me to Harley McKean, Billie Bretherton, Jimmy Jackson (Tich), Tom Travis and John Ball, and hope that the latter is quite well, and tell him I was sorry to have missed him by a few days."
Gunner Arthur Harrison sends from the far north to say "I always send my N.L. home to my wife who keeps them all together. After the war I hope to make them all into a book. It will be grand to look back upon the old times. It will be a big book, won't it? The other day I had a letter from one of my best pals who used to be with me in our last Regt. He was asking me if I still got the N.L. and asked me to convey his best wishes to you, Sir. He was always very keen to read the N.L."
Gunner Ronnie Whiteside (H.B.) writes from the M.E.F. "We have been very busy lately chasing Rommel's bunch of savages whom at last we have given a rare old knock. Now that our work is finished out here life is very easy and we are taking a well earned rest down by the sea. In one of your letters you mentioned that our Rector (Mr.Thorn, of H.B.) was starting a N.L. for the boys from his parish. But please carry on sending yours as I honestly think that they are the most interesting letters I ever get out here. Please remember me to the Carr brothers both at home and out East, and to Jimmy Latham, R.N. and Miss Lilly Gillifant and Tommy Duckworth, both of whom live in Gorse Lane."
Pte. G. Farrington sends from Surrey to say "Last Sunday I went with one of my pals, who comes from Eccleston, to visit Windsor Castle. We took the train there and came back down the river Thames on a steamer. It was a good day's outing. Will you please remember me to all in the Forces."

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