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September 16th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Instead of a letter from myself this week I am reproducing one that I have received from Mrs. Bond, of Mere Brow, because I am sure that you will all appreciate its motive.

Orchard Farm,
Mere Brow,
September 6th, 1943.

Dear Sir,
It is Robert's 24th Birthday today, so I thought I would send another small gift to your precious N.L. Robert said he didn't want anything sending to him as he had plenty of money; and even thought of sending some home. I am enclosing a £1 note, because I know that all the boys and girls in H.M. Forces do appreciate the N.L.
Yours truly,

You will admit that that was a very nice letter to receive, and on your behalf, and as well as for myself, I thank Mrs. Bond for her very thoughtful and acceptable Birthday present, and I know I speak for all when I say that we wish Robert very many happy returns of the day.
With my love, my prayers and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate Friend,

The relatives of Dick Harrison, Kearsley Ave., have received official notification from the War Office that he is a prisoner-of-war in Japanese hands at a place called Tay.
Mrs. John Gidden (nee Mary Tindsley), has presented John with a daughter. Mrs. Jack Townsley has presented her husband with a daughter.
Ronnie Morris, Hesketh Lane, was married to Mary Cookson daughter of H.G. Sergeant Charlie Cookson, on Saturday.
Dick Townsley has arrived in the Middle East.
Young David Cottam, Blackgate Lane, who has been in Preston Infirmary suffering from tetanus (lockjaw) has returned home cured.
Stanley Holden, H.B. who is in the local A.T.C. has just returned from a week's course at a very well known aerodrome.
The Rector was away all last week in the South of England, partly on business and partly as a rest cure.
General Adrian Carton de Wiart, V.C., who has figured so much in the news lately soldiered with the Rector for quite a long time in France during the last war.
The Rector is writing this N.L. at Bournemouth where he has gone to see his brother who is very ill in a Nursing Home.
He lugged his typewriter all the way to Bournemouth, carrying it, plus a heavy bag, all across London so that you should not miss the N.L. this week.

Lt. Stanley Baldwin, R.A. airgraphs from the M.E.F. to say "Since I last wrote I have done quite a big move and now I find myself in another land of ancient history. Strict censorship prevents any news of the place being sent to you. I am still with good news of my wife and son, both appear to be thriving. Best regards to all my friends. I will send you some snaps soon."
Frank Hewitson sends his airgraph from Tunisia, saying, "One of the worst days I have had recently was a day of the 'sirocco' when the temperature rose to 128 degrees in the shade. The fierce and fiery wind rendered everything almost untouchably hot. That night I slept in my birthday suit. My richest and most satisfying experience was to meet my cousin AIec Barnish of the 8th. We were happy and fortunate in being next each other for about 6 weeks. He is the first fellow I have met whom I know, though there must be more around here. Perhaps you can spare a line to tell them to look out for a big gawmless looking blonde."
Stoker John Twist, R.N. writes "I have moved once more and I am here on a course. The weather is grand and I am by the sea. I see from the N.L, that a lot of Tarleton lads are abroad in the thick of the battle, and I bet the people in the village are proud of them, for wherever there is a battle, whether on sea, or land, or in the air, there is always a Tarleton lad in it. I wish them the best of luck. I have been made a 1st Class Stoker now, and that means 1/- a day extra."
Dvr. Dick Sephton sends an airgraph from the M.E.F. saying. "The fruit season is now in full swing, apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, apricots, oranges and bananas. I'll bet that makes your mouth water; we are even able to pick fresh walnuts, but its like everything else, you can have too much of a good thing. Trusting you will remember me to all the lads wherever they may be."
O/S Ken Dandy R.N. writes: "This is a very nice place and we get shore leave every other night, and we don't have to be back off shore leave until seven o'clock next morning either. I am enclosing a photograph of myself. As usual I am stuck for words so will have to close."
Dvr. Jack Robinson says in his letter "My mate is going on leave next week and he wishes to be remembered to you, and all the rest of the lads in my room would like to know how you are getting on, as they are all waiting for the N.L. every week." (Well, Jack, please thank all your room mates for their kind remembrance of me and tell them that I hope to have the pleasure of seeing them again when I pay my next visit to your Unit.)
Gdns. John G. Moss writes from the 8th Army to say "Here I am calling Tarleton; Hello Tarleton!! Best wishes to all, and we shall not be long now before we finish this lot. Matt Farrington and Nick Dewhurst are here in my Battn. I am receiving the N.Ls which come in six or so at a time. If you have room to squeeze a few words in for me please convey my regards to my brother Walter, my girl Frances, who, as you know is now in the Land Army, Ken Nicholson, John Iddon and Dick Kelly Gabbott."
O/S Tom Dickinson R.N. writes from his ship saying; "Not much to tell you as we have been at sea a lot and then you see nothing but water. I have met a Longton lad out here, Walter Smith is his name. I met him before when I was doing my gunnery course. Will you please remember me to Bob Howard, Tom Bolton, and all the other friends in the Forces."
LAC W.Riding (New Road), writes from his Statioin to say "For a considerable time I have questioned myself when I would write to you and invariably it was tomorrow. I therefore made the effort and caught up with tomorrow, admittedly an achievement of no mean order, as I think you will admit."
Sapper Tom Johnson writes from Hospital to say "My brother Ronnie rang me up here and asked me to write to you. I suppose you will want to know what I am doing idling my time away in bed when there is so much to do. One night an ulcer in my stomach burst and I was carted here in the ambulance, but after pricks and pains in various parts of my anatomy and four blood transfusions I am mending. I thought that it was only indigestion."
Gunner Arthur Harrison, who is still in the far, far, north, writes "Thanks for the N.L. which for over three years has never failed to reach me. Let us thank God for the good news of the last few days, and let us not forget to pray for the boys from home who are in the thick of it. What a day that will be when we are all home for good and thanking God in our Churches more than we ever did before."
L/Cpl Arthur Worth writes "Since John Caunce left these barracks I have not seen any more Tarleton lads. I hope that John is alright and that he manages to send you a few more lyrics. I am pleased to hear of Fred Taylor and will you kindly remember me to him. I still roam all over the country, and we have had some very bad weather, but we are very busy indeed and I suppose the weather is the same all over the country."
Pte. George Farrington writes "We are having some good weather down here. I have not met any of the boys from Tarleton since I came here, but I believe there are some not far away. Please remember me to all in the Forces, and here's hoping that we are all back home soon in our good old village."
L/Cpl. Margaret Coulton writes "Will you please remember me to my cousins who are abroad, Harry Harrison, Harry Latham, Tom and Billy Harrison, and all the lads I know. May Goth bless them and give them all a speedy return. I am pleased to say that I with several more of our girls gave a pint of blood last Wednesday. We have a grand lot of girls in our Company who are willing to do as much as posible to help bring this terrible war to an end."
Pte. Harry Woosey writes "I have now had one more change, but I cannot give the name of this village as the mail is censored. We have to work alI day Saturday and Sunday here so that there is no time for church. Still we have our duty to do and do as we are told. Remember me to all the lads and lassies wherever they may be, especially my brother in law Eric Booth, Harry Latham and Jack Robinson."
Marine Sandy Laing writes an interesting letter saying "I hope you have received the photo I sent" (Yes, Sandy, and thank you for it, everyone who has seen it says it is a very good one). He goes on "week ends are the only times I have to spare, and then I get as far away from the camp as possible, and for as long as possible. After being couped up here all the week it makes a trip to town seem like a holiday. Remember me to all the village, to the lads in the Forces and especially to Bert Fawke, Tom Dickinson and Bob Howard."

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