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September 2nd 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
As you will see this has been a very quiet week in Tarleton with but little local news to record. I am rather glad because it allows me to give extracts from more letters than usual. Some lads complain that they have written to me and have not seen any extracts from their letters in the N.L. As a matter of fact rarely a week passes but I take too many extracts and when my copy comes to be duplicated some have to be left out. But I nearly always put these in the next issue. As you will have noticed I always put extracts from letters from those overseas first because they are so far from home and so learn little about each other. However, I am doing my best and hope that you will be satisfied.
With my love, my prayers, and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Mrs. Levi Halstead has presented her husband with a baby girl. Both doing well.
P.C. Simpson has got back home from the Infirmary. He has had several stitches in his head.
Old Church Sunday last Sunday. Rained all day. Congregations not at all bad in spite of weather.
On Saturday Rector and Mr. Burt attended a British Legion School at Preston. Subject taught What the B.L. can do for the lads, and the girls, now in H.M. Forces, when they return; pensions, disability allowances, putting them in jobs etc. Most instructive.
The Rector's housekeeper, Alice, coming home on Sunday evening across Tarleton Moss on her bicycle, fell into a dyke, bicycle and all, and was hooked out covered with green water weed. She is none the worse for her adventure.
Tom Harrison (Lodged at Will Taylor's, Blackgate Lane) was married on Saturday at Mornington Rd. Methodist Church, Southport, to a Southport girl.
Hoole and District Agricultural Show made well over £1,000 for the Red Cross. Nearly 1,000 entries. Ned Ascroft, Coe Lane, Tarleton, was the Judge in the Rabbit section. Too many prizes to give all names, but locals included, Best Vanner gelding or filly, W. Hunter, Tarleton, Best filly foal, Jas. H. Bolshaw, Tarleton, both firsts. Best Cow in milk. Jos. Greenwood, Hoole, Best Calf with all teeth E. Wignall, Hoole. Maureen Sutton, (Matt Sutton's baby) won a prize in the Baby Competion. Hesketh Bank Band in attendance.

L /Cpl. Fred Forshaw airgraphs from India saying "Many happy returns of July 25th (Rector's birthday). A bit tardy, but lets hope I shall be more quickly off the dot for the next 50. We have quite a good crew and more than a fair share of Lancashire lads. I had a good deal of respect for Johnny Gukha before I came out here, but since I felt the edge of his tin opener I am more than ever pleased that he is on our side. We are all very much elated at the fall of the Sawdust Ceasar, and hope this is the beginning of better things."
Gunner Harry Harrison airgraphs from the C.M.F. "I am very well indeed after recovering from a septic arm. Have had a short and very quiet voyage from N. Africa to Sicily. The country has been very difficult, very mountainous, and I have seen Mount Etna smoking for a few mornings at about 5.30 a.m. Please pass on my best wishes to my three brothers in law, also Bert Price, John Ball, and all the lads."
O/S R. Iddon (H.B.) sends an airgraph from his ship some thousands of miles away. It has been well censored and nine different times the censor has scribbled the word 'apples' over some interesting item of news. Well, here's a bit of what is left of the letter. "I was surprised to meet Jack Marsden out here. Please tell his mother. I had an interesting chat with him and was glad to read some N.Ls which I have not yet received. Most of our conversation was centred round Tarleton. We may meet again before we come home."
Mr. John Hornby, B.E.M., R.N. writes from his ship, saying "I have gone from one extreme to the other since I wrote last and instead of being half frozen I am parboiled now, and it is not too pleasant. I have made some enquiries for Tarleton lads but so far have had no luck. So please could you mention in the N.L. that if any of them are near my ship I shall be pleased to see them. You may give the name of the ship. We out here feel on the top of the world now we have demoted Mussolini" .
Pte. Matt. Sutton sends his airgraph from the M.E.F. to say "I have just received my first N.L. since arriving in Sicily. Once again I am with the 8th Army under our very popular leader General Montgomery. On the ship in which I made the crossing was a R.S.M. from Meolsgate Ave."
Corpl. Ted Barnish in his airgraph from the M.E.F. says "In a N.L. just received Dvr. Robert Bond says he holds the record for receiving the largest mail at any one time 72 is the correct number and in the whole week he received 90. I think I can beat him by a small margin. When we came out of Burma one day I received 91 letters and for the week the total amounted to 112. Will you put that in the N.L. and see if anyone can beat it. One more thing if you think it would interest any of the boys from home. By the middle of April 1942 I had fought against all the Axis powers, Japs, Jerries and Italians, also had fought side by side with the Chinese, and last but not least have been in 12 different countries so far. Can anyone beat that?"
Pte. Jack Parker writes from India saying "The local bananas are good these days. I can't see why we cannot grow them back home if they grow them here, unless it is too dry back home. It does stop raining here sometimes. I was at the Parish Church on Sunday. The service was good, but the sermon was not. The Vicar was away at a Mission Church 63 miles away. This certainly beats yours for a big parish."
Sapper Herbert Parkinson writes "We are in the land of fruit trees, and from what I have seen they are well loaded. I am only about 30 miles from Bert Price, and, although I have not seen him yet I hope to later on. Please remember me to all in the Forces, especially to John Pickervance".
AC1 Edwin Barron writes "I am afraid that it is the same thing again change of address. Sorry to give you the trouble, but they don't consult me before moving me on. This is a very nice spot; from many points of view it must be one of the best camps in the country. But my judgment of a camp rests entirely upon its distance from Sollom; so I'm afraid that this one is well down on the list."
Gunner James Coulton sends a short note saying "I am now back at my old station going through an advanced course. Please remember me to all the lads with the Colours, and especially to Jack Robinson, and tell him that I am still down South."
E.R.M. Dick Burns, R.N. writes "I hope you will remember me to all the lads in the Forces wherever they are. My very best wishes to our Jim (M.E.F.) Tom (B.N.A.F.) George, somewhere in England and Harry Forrest (M.E.F) also George West, and to both Bert and Hugh Melling, and tell Nick Forshaw I wish to send my best congratulations on his happy event."
Gunner Tom Fazackerley says "We have had two full nights out after Jerry. On Monday we were out from 11 to 4.30 a.m. We managed to get a bit of fun; we held three Jerries and try as they would to get out they couldn't do it for we always held on to them until all three were shot down by our night fighters. Last night five were shot down".
Corpl. Bert Price writes "Thanks especially for the double number, it took me quite a while to read it all through. Just recently at a Red Cross Sports Meeting I received the following prizes: lst in High Jump. 2nd Mile Relay; 3rd in Long Jump; 3rd in 220 yrds. which I would have won only I fell 20 yards from the winning post. So altogether I had a good afternoon's sport. I enclose the poem you lost, and as you can see it was your old pal Bert who sent it."
AC1 Harold Pillkington sent a photograph of himself a very good one with his letter. He says "Please note the very slight change in my address. I am still in the same place but it makes a few days difference in my receiving the N.L. I am keeping in the best of health and very busy as usual. I received promotion a month ago and am having a Test again for more. I wish to be remembered to all who are serving in the Forces."
Dvr. Bob Iddon writes "I have been on all kinds of jobs lately, anything from whitewashing to digging. I have been driving to day and it has been a nice change. Remember me to all my pals in and from Tarleton and to John Ball, Leslie Clarkson, Hugh Sutton and the other lads from Bretherton".
Pte. Bob Barron (Hesketh Lane) says "Just a few lines from one of the boys of the village who is doing his bit. As you will see I am still in England and I think myself very lucky, but I never know the day now when my turn will come to go abroad. I would like you to mention my name to all the lassies and lads of the village who are serving in the Forces especially to my cousin Bert and to Walter Rawsthorne."
W.R.N.S. Agnes Swift (Agnes Rigby) writes from a spot where the Rector used to stay with his cousins fifty years ago. It may indeed, be from the very house, for the address is the same. She says "I am here for three weeks on a supply course. One meets W.R.N.S. from all over the country at this training school. We had our first class this morning and certainly have a lot of hard work in front of us. I hope you have heard from Jimmy. He is moving back to H.Q. anytime now."
AC2 Leslie Clarkson (Bretherton), writes "I like to know the "gen" from the lads at home and overseas for I know most of the lads through working at Garlicks before the war, before I started for Croston Co op. Please remember me to Tom Dickinson and also to all the lads of the village; also to the following Bretherton lads: John Ball. Hugh Sutton, Billie Bretherton; Jimmy Jackson, "Tich", and all the other lads in the Forces.

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