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September 30th 1943

My dear boys and girls,
As I want to get in as many "extracts" as possible this week I am not writing anything myself except to wish you, one and all, good health and speedy return, to civilian existence. With all my love and my prayers, ever your affectionate friend,

Big Home Guard night operations last Saturday-Sunday. Tarleton Platoon,
with others, had to attack and seize Penwortham Bridge. Zero hour was 8 p.m. with end of operations 8 a.m. About midnight Ronnie Morris and George Iddon, while crossing a stream on a plank, in pitch dark, fell in and had to be dragged out and were taken prisoners. They were drenched to the skin. However, the attack, as a whole, was quite a success.
The baby son of Mr. and Mrs John Taylor, Bannister Farm, was christened on Sunday with the names of John Anthony.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Baybutt, Schoolhouses, Sollom, was christened on Sunday with the names of Allan William.
Edwin Hodson, Church Road, has joined the Navy.
Mrs. Fishwick, Gorse Lane, has been taken in the ambulance to Preston Infirmary.

The first Tarleton and District Horticultural Show was held in the Church Schools on Saturday. Some really good exhibits. There was also a Rabbit Show combined with it and a Baby Competition. It was run by the Bowling Green Club and was opened by the rector. Proceeds for the Comforts' Fund for the Forces. Full list of winners in our next issue, but to go on with here are the winners of the Baby Competition which was judged by Sister Heron, of the Maternity wing of the Preston Royal Infirmary, by kind permission of Miss Marks, the Matron.
1. Babies 9 months and under:-
1. Madge Jones. 2. John Clive Dandy, 3. David Golifer.
Babies 9 months to 18 nonths:-
1. Peter Bannister, 2. Leonard Wright, 3. John Barron.
Babies 13 Months to 36 months:-
1. Harry Woosey, 2. Mary Stazicker, 3 Shirley Ball.
Babies with fathers in the Forces:-
1. Ann Grayson. 2. Glynis Roberts, 3. Stanley Crabtree.
Harvest Thanksgiving Services at Tarleton Parish Church on Sunday last Church very well decorated. Large numbers at Services. All fruit and vegetables sent to Preston Infimary.

Six letters and an airgraph come from Dvr. John Caunce, who is in Sicily, all written at different times. Too much matter in them to give much in the way of 'extracts' but amongst other things he says "at present I am smoking cigarettes they call Victory Vs. Believe me, they take some getting used to. I shall be sweeping all the leaves out of the rectory drive when I get home and smoking them. I do not think that I should know the difference. You know what happened when our lot landed in North Africa - Rommel hopped it - well, I think that Hitler must have heard my name mentioned when we arrived in Sicily, so he just downed tools again. Remember me to Billy Harrison, John Spencer and all the lads and girls I know from Tarleton."
Sapper Dick Johnson airgraphs "This week I have received quite a few N.Ls and from them I see that you have received my letters to you. Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the war, and I was standing in the Naafi queue when I heard the Service being broadcast on the wireless. Life is not passing on too badly these days, as we generally manage to get half a day on Saturday and also on Sunday."
Leading Seaman James Latham writes from his ship to say "You will notice that I have got my promotion, to Leading Seaman. It has meant a hard grind swotting up, but it has been worth it. when you make up the next N.L. please remember me to Fred Taylor, Tom, John and Hubert Tindsley, Tom Dickinson and all lads away fron Tarleton. I have some good friends here and it does feel fine to sit down in an easy chair once again."

Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) writes "I see that I am down to play for our platoon, against B. platoon; so if the game goes as they usually do, I might be dropping you a line from the hospital next time. I have just finished a fortnight on a farm. There were six of us detailed, to help a farmer to get his corn in. It seemed very nice to be on a farm again and to get away from army routine, to say nothing of the extra £.s.d. which, of course, always seems to come in handy for a soldier."
E.R.A, Jack Hodge, R.N. sends his first letter since joining the R.N. He says "Just to let you know I arrived here safely after a 14 hour train journey throughout which I stood the whole time. I am taking a trade test at the present time, and believe me my hands are covered with blisters. This morning I went to the Church in the barracks, it is a lovely Church and the choir are all young ladies who are in the W.R.N.S. The food here is very poor and we get very little of it. I don't know how we should live without the NAAFI. Give my kind regards to Jack Waters in the Merchant Navy and to Arthur Proctor in the R.N."
Ann Barron, C.N.R. who has at last obtained her wish and become a Nurse writes "At last I have obtained my release from the factory at Tardy Gate and, as you will see from the address, have been sent here. I find the work very interesting although it was rather strange at first. There were nine other trainees along with me, and we took lectures for the first fortnight and last Friday and Saturday passed our exam, which made us members of the C.N.R., and part of the Staff here."
O/S Tom Dickinson R.N. sends a letter from his ship in which he wanted to tell us too much, for it has been heavily scissored. He says "Since I went back off leave I have been very busy. We have been" (here the censor has used his scissors very freely, so we shall never know where Tom has been). However he has been allowed to retain the information "We are now back at a big naval town." He finishes his letter " Kindly remember me to Bob Howard, Tom Bolton and Bert Fawke, also to all my other friends in the Forces."
Malcolm Parkinson R. A. F, who was disabled while training in Canada and is now at an aerodrome in England, writes "I have been trying to get back to aircrew, but after a medical examination was told I am permanently unfit and must settle down to a ground trade; so here I am in the midst of a Radio Location course. The work is hard, but interesting, and there are plenty of amusements for us in our time off. Please remember me to Roger Watson and Freddie Coupe."
Marine Harry Iddon writes "You will see from the address that I have left the old section, and a very good section it was too, but it has broken up now, and most of the lads are here with me. Please wish for me all my pals both girls and boys the best of luck and a safe and speedy return, most of all to my cousin Sapper Dick Johnson."
Dvr. John Robinson writes: "Things are going on alright here and all the mates in our room wish to be remembered to you. We had the padre's hour on Thursday and it was good. The padre was with us all the afternoon and after he had finished, he came to tea with us. He said he would like you to come and take the service here some Sunday, so what must I tell him? I wish to be remembered to all the boys and girls from Tarleton who are in the Forces."
AC/2 Freddy Coupe writes from near the equator to say "Well, yesterday
I was 21, but I'm afraid that I did not spend my birthday as I would have liked, My luck was out, I was working all the morning and all the evening. I have just had an airgraph from Roger Watson. On the whole I am not doing badly here. I am, as usual working long hours. For recreation we usually go down town and play a game of table tennis in the club. I am quite used to smoking Yankie cigarettes, but I like a Players occasionally. Remember me through the N.L. to Roger Watson and all the lads and lassies in the Forces."
Pte. George Farrington writes "As you will see by my address I have moved, from Surrey right up north. The weather here is lovely and this afternoon I had a look around the city and it is a very nice place. Please give my kind regards to all in the Forces."
Craftsman Ken Ogden of the R.E.M.E. writes "I wrote you a letter a few weeks back but I did not see any extract from it in the N.L. so I suppose it did not reach you. I passed my 2nd class exam a short time ago, so that means a bit more money for me. When I have finished this letter I am writing to Ted Barnish."
Sapper George Barker writes "We are just getting over another scare of going abroad, but although we are not abroad, we are doing great job not one item of which could be disclosed. All I can say is that we are doing fine. When we have had a fine day here and it begins to rain it is quite natural for the lads to say that the weather is back to normal. Please remember me to Norman Barron, Frank Cairns, Frank Hewitson, Ted Barnish, Ken and Vernon Ogden, Harry Forrest and all the lads I know."
Pte. Bill Seddon of the Loyals writes "I expect you think I am like some of the others just write when I change my address. Where I am here there is a very beautiful Church and a very old castle which they say is 400 years old. I wish I could be present at your Church on Sunday for the Harvest. My wife and Mary Howard, now Mrs. Greenwood, used to decorate one of the windows. Please remember me to all in the Forces whom I know."
AC/2 Sidney Cookson writes "As you will see I have changed my station, and am a little nearer home although still some distance away. However I am very fortunate when we come to think of all our comrades in the thick of it across the seas. I send my sincere wishes to all from Tarleton and H.B., and may God be with each and all and help them."

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