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August 26th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Only a very short letter this week so that there can be sufficient room for all the other matter. It pleases me to find how very optimistic you all are as to the way things connected with the war are going. Well, how many of you are there who have, so far, never sent me a letter; and I have written to you once every week! What about putting this right before the year comes to an end. And have I got your photograph in my collection in Church? Here again you must hurry up. With my love and best wishes, and, of course, my prayers,
Ever your affectionate friend,

P.C. Simpson, Bob McLeod, Dick Iddon (Carr Lane) and Will Walsh were in a motor smash on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Walsh, who used to live at Sollom and now lives at William Wright's, on the Moss, was going in Wright's car to see William Wright, who is in a Sanatorium. He picked up the others en route as they were going to Hoole Agricultural Show (see below) . Car overturned at Toll Bar and the driver and P.C. Simpson here badly cut about and were taken to Preston Infirmary where P.C. Simpson was detained. Bob McLeod and Dick Iddon, badly shaken, but unhurt.
Peter Ashcroft, widower, Tabby Nook, Mere Brow, was married on Saturday in Tarleton Parish Church, to Bella Rigby, of Holmes.
The rector took his Bible Class, Servers and Choir boys to Blackpool on Thursday for their annual trip. Just as always, left H.B. at 8.25 a.m. Fair Ground, Dinner at Lockharts, Tower Circus, Tea, then Fair Ground and back at H.B. at 10 p.m.
Mr. James Farrington, Dobson's Farm, end of Gorse Lane, is back from Southport Infirmary. He is encased in plaster of Paris from the top of his head to the thigh. The only parts of his body that he can move are his arms and legs.
Bob Chadwick of Walmer Bridge has been wounded in Sicily.
Tom Walsh's parents have been officially notified by the War Office that he is back with his Unit.
Mrs. Nick Forshaw, (nee Maggie Iddon) brought her baby to be Christened at Tarleton Parish Church on Sunday. She was given the names of Jean Margaret.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Beard of Chester Rd. Southport, was christened at the Old Church on Sunday with the names Anthony Peter.
Mrs. Richard Wignall and Mrs. Coupe joined in holding a Whist Drive and Bring and Buy Sale on Mrs.Wignall's lawn, Fulwood Avenue, on Wednesday, in aid of the Mothers' Union Comforts Fund and N.L. It made £20.
Hoole Agricultural Show on Saturday. A huge success. It is rumoured that it made £2,000 for the Red Cross. Will give fuller particulars in next issue.
All the schools opened again on Monday after three weeks' holiday.
Raymond Coupe, who is doing research work in a large laboratory in the south, has just passed the B.Sc examination at London University, We congratulate him upon attaining his Degree, the more so as he has had to work very hard for it in his spare time. In his letter to the Rector he asks that his best wishes be conveyed to all the lads away from Tarleton, particularly to those who have done such a fine job in Sicily.

Dvr. Billy Parkinson airgraphs from the M.E.F. saying " I have very little news at present except that I still have plenty of sand and flies for company and it is very hot. I was glad that you were pleased with the Church Service copy that I sent Mother to pass on to you, for I thought you would be interestad in it:"
Pte. Tom Hurst also airgraghs from the B.N.A.F. to say "I cannot say that I am very much impressed with the places I have been to around here. They look very nice when you are about 3 miles away, but when once you enter them you find them very dirty, not at all like our English towns. I am now at a rest camp on 48 hours leave and I am enjoying it very much. We can get up and go to bed when we like, and the food is good. Please remember me to all the boys and girls of Tarleton and H.B. through the N.L."
Sapper Ronnie Melling airgraphs from the C.M.F. "You will know from the address on the top that I am now in Sicily and I am hoping to come across some Tarleton boys. I am now looking forward to getting some mail from home and the N.L. I hope that you will remember me to all the rest of the Tarleton lads through the N.L."
Dvr. John Iddon sends an airgraph from M.E.F. "I have not heard anything of my brother who is on the high seas. I have received four N.Ls this week. It has been so terribly hot out here that it has even spoiled some of the grapes. Please give my best regards to Lewis Clark, Dick Blundell, and Peter Dawson, R.N."
Tpr. Harry Latham airgraphs from Inidia "I have just heard the sad news of the loss of my brother Jim while a p o-w in Japanese hands. I am receiving the N.Ls quite regularly and also the Magazines. Please remember me to all the boys and girls from Tarleton in the Forces."
AC Richard McKean sends his airgraph from the M.E.F. to say "I have had the great pleasure of meeting my brother Harley out here, and during my stay had the opportunity of reading many of your news letters. They most certainly do take one back to happy days spent in Tarleton."
L/Cpl. Harley McKean also air graphs to tell of his meeting with Dick. He says "I have met my brother Richard out here. He is in the R.A.F. There is no hope of my joining forces with him, unfortunately, but it has been a most amazing co-incidence that we should have met so far away from home. l shall soon have been out here two years and, quite naturally, I am more than ready for coming home. However, the goal is in sight now, I think, and we are all looking ahead very hopefully."
Gdns. Aubrey Smith sends an airgraph from the B.N.A.F. saying "I have now been out here seven weeks and am getting climatised and as brown as a nigger. We are still having glorious weather, too hot really. Yesterday I went to the so called town, but was disappointed. Nothing to buy and no Cafe. I have had three N.Ls since I came out here all redirected from Windsor. Remember me to all my friends in Tarleton and to all the lads in the Forces; especially to Sid Ball and John."
Pte. Jack Parker (Liverpool) writes in his airgraph from India "In my last letter I said that I had not heard from you for some time. Well, since then I have had seven N.Ls from you including the Easter one. I see that I was "mentioned in dispatches" in the Easter number; that I do consider an honour, seeing that I am not a Tarletonian. The natives are complaining of the heat, but it seems to me that they wear the same amount of clothing always."
Pte. Peter Guy sends another letter which we are pleased to say has not served as a breakfast for the rector's dog. He writes from India and says "I am writing this letter on my "charpoy", which in EngIish means "bed". I am still driving, but it is a much bigger bus than the one I used to drive through Tarleton. Roll on the day when I see the old steeple again. I am only a few miles from Harry Devitt. We write often to one another and I am looking forward to seeing him soon."
AC/2 Freddy Coupe sends two letters from Canada, although he is not actually there now, but on an island not far from the Gulf of Mexico. He writes "At the moment my arms are burning with the heat, and the perspiration is pouring off me. I've just come back from a marvellous swim, the water is so clear that you can see the bottom. I had a very enjoyable journey down here. As we passed the great cities you could see all the lights ablaze. The fireflies look very well, sparkling at night. It is also very nice to see oranges growing on trees, and bananas etc. I have been into the town once - if you could call it a town it consists of a few shops, a cinema and two Service Clubs. The clubs are marvellous places, and I think that the Cinema was the coolest place I have been in for quite a long time."
Marine Leslie Hodson writes from his ship "I have met Bill Wright and he is here with me. Remembering what you said in one of your N.Ls many months ago, I carried out what you said. When I got to Colombo I called on the Rev. George Arndt. So I have had the pleasure of meeting one of your old friends. But he is no longer at the Cathedral, he is retired. However, I found his house without much difficulty. I spent a very pleasant evening with him and he told me that he had never met anyone with any connection with you since you were at Cambridge together. But he was very pleased to meet someone and wanted to know much more about you than I could tell him. I am very glad of such a friend in this corner of the world."
O/S Tom Dickinson R.N. writes "I am being discharged from hospital tomorrow. I am a lot better now and am feeling fine. I am looking forward to seeing Tarleton again although I don't know when I shall "up the line". Please remember me to my best pal Bob Howard, and also to Tom Bolton and all the rest of those in the Forces.
AB FranK McKean writes from his very famous ship saying "I am far from home and news is not very plentiful here. I receive my N.Ls very regularly and would be lost without them. It gave me a thrill when I read the piece letting all my friends away know that my wife had given me a bonny son. I should have liked to have seen my brothers' faces when they read about it. Please give my best wishes to my brothers Dick, Harley, and Stoker Bill, and all the girls and boys of Tarleton who are either knocking all the stuffing out of Jerry, or just waiting to start."
Tel. Ian Forse, the rector's nephew, writes from his ship in the mediterranean, saying "Thanks for the N.Ls which I get like clockwork in spite of being in the middle of the fun and games in the Med. We have had a very busy time, Cap Bon, Pantellaria, Lampedusa, Sicily and lots of other offensive actions. Give my best wishes to all the lads from Tarleton in the Forces I daresay the old - has helped some of them to have a safe journey in the on Med. on more than one occasion."

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