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October 28th 1943

My dear boys and girls,
I am now sending out, roughly speaking, about 250 letters every week, and so you can see that my hands are pretty full. It is a big job gathering in the news week by week, but it is well worth it as I know how much you all appreciate the N.L. and especially those of you who are scattered far abroad. As you know you are ever in my prayers, and I would ask you, one and all, to remember me in your prayers. Only those who make a habit of prayer know its true value, but I can assure you that it is still true that " the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". These well known lines of Tennyson are also equally true "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams off". These would be good lines to discuss at the "Padre's Hour".
With my love, my blessing and all my prayers,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Rector away from Monday to Thursday seeing his last-war friends who are at present in England. He also spent one day in Bournemoth on a visit to his invalid brother.
Mrs. John Rogers (nee Alice Caunce of Sollom) has presented her husband with a son.
The Tarleton Corinthians played the Southport Sea Cadets on Saturday at the Recreation Field. Result - Tarleton 3. Sea Cadets 6.
Little Maureen Sutton, aged three, daughter of Matt and Mrs. Sutton is lying dangerously ill in the Children's Hospital, Liverpool. We are trying to get Matt home. He is in Italy with the 8th Army.
Young Robert Bridge, John Trafford, Jean Trafford, Judith Barron, Sylvia Barron, Marian Barron and Ann Melling, held a Concert in Mary Barron's shippon, Doctor's Lane end, Sollom. Audience sat on spritting boxes and hampers. Money taken at door 11/ . Proceeds for N.L. Fund. We all owe our thanks to these enterprising youngsters.
Arthur Barron, Hesketh Lane, has received his calling up papers. Arthur Carr is home on aricultural leave. Jack Hodge and Harry Cookson are home on leave.
Mr. David Lund is in Preston Infirmary and is very ill.
Local N.F.S. had a water pumping test on Sunday morning. Pumped water from canal at Town End, ran hose up Plox Brow, along Coe Lane, down Liverpool Road, and put water back in canal at Bank Bridge, and still had plenty of hose pipe to spare.
Mr. Giles Mayor, Park Lane, Holmes, had a very bad heart attack last week but is slowly recovering.
George Wait has received his calling up papers.
May Cookson, daughter of Ma Cookson, the Toffee Shop, Hesketh Lane has become engaged to a young man from Warrington who is a lorry driver.
George Barron, Hesketh Lane, injured his arm playing for the Corinthians on Saturday and had to go to Preston Infirmary.
Bretherton boys on leave Hugh Wilson (Twilly); Bob Iddon (worked for Jack Mee); Harry Jackson (Butcher.)
Mrs. Hugh Taylor, Odd House, Bretherton, died on Sunday,
John Ashcroft, Hesketh Lane, has been called up to the R.A.S.C. for work in the Naafi.

Dvr. Sid Ball airgraphs from C.M.F. saying "Just received Parish Magazine and N.L. It is grand to be able to see what the other lads are doing. I would like to meet Bill Harrison and John Caunce and then we could have a grand talk about Tarleton. Remember me, through the N.L. to all the lads, not forgetting the girls who are in the Forces, and especially to my best pal, Jack Marsden."
Corpl. Jimmy Sutton sends his airgraph from the C.M.F. to say "About two months ago I saw an extract in the N.L. from a letter that Gdsn. John Moss had sent you, saying that he was with the oldest Battalion in the M.E.F. So I knew that he was in my Brigade. I made enquiries and one night a few weeks ago John Moss came down to see me, and we have met a few times since then. So you see the excellent work the N.L. is doing in bringing pals together. I am glad to say that we have moved to a better climate and surroundings."
The Rev. Peter Nauhew, Chaplain to the forces, India Command, who is Chaplain to Peter Guy's unit, airgraphs, "I admire so much your N.L. for those serving with the Forces, Would that all our men had such zealous parish priests as yourself. I used to stay at Hesketh Bank Rectory with the Bowkers (I taught Jim Bowker at school). I wonder if they are still at Slaidburn? You will be glad to learn that Peter is to be confirmed. He was much impressed with the Bishop of Bombay's Confirmation Service at St. Mary's: Indians, Anglo-Indians, Englishmen and an American."
Gunner Dan Stazicker sends a letter from C.M.F. saying "Just at present I am in a field hospital recovering from one of those attacks of stomach trouble which are so very numerous in these hot climates. Thanks for the N.L. which I receive so very regularly. We came here from North Africa and I prefer this climate to the sands of the desert. I have slept beneath grapevines, lemon trees, almond trees, among the oranges, water melons, and beneath fig trees and pomegranates, but the place is infested with mosquitoes. I have not received Holy Communion since I left Egypt, and since I came to this island I have not seen a C.E. padre. Please give my kind regards to all who receive the N.L. especially my cousins, the Rowland Bros. and my brother in law Nick Taylor."
Pte. Ken Robshaw writes from India saying "I am keeping in the best of health and am getting ready for Christmas which is not so far off now. I have not had my leave as yet, but still keep hoping that it will come soon. So far I have not met any Tarleton lads although I keep a good look out for them. I have just received two N.Ls and my, it seems grand to read them".
Dvr. Fred Taylor sends his letter from B.N.A,F. to say "I have been away on detachment for nearly four months and have just returned. I have to have a new engine put in my lorry and so I shall be busy for a few days. I still hear of many lads from the village being out here, but so far I have not come across any of them. Remember me to John Hornby and Jim Latham, and also to Arthur Worth and all the girls and boys in the Forces."
Gunner Harry Harrison writes from the C.M.F. saying "Of all that is contained in the N.L. I like to read best the two short lines with which you conclude your personal message. They are 'with love and all my prayers, ever your affectionate friend'. I always like the two words 'my prayers'. I have travelled far, and have been in Sicily for a while and hope to get a spot of leave to Catania next month, if the Army keeps its promise. Please remember me to my cousins and brothers especially to Dick, who, I hear, is now in the M.E.F. P.S. Good Luck to all the girls and boys. Let's get back to Tarleton, boys, what do you say?"
AC/2 Freddy Coupe writes from the West Indies saying "I thought that I would write a longer letter this week, but I am doubtful whether it will turn out to be longer because in this place nothing of interest ever occurs. Its just the same day in and day out. We are always kept busy, then, when I'm off, I'm kept busy writing letters. We go to the Pictures or spend our time in the Bahamas Club reading the latest news."
AC Walter Rawsthorne, R.A.F., who has now returned from a stay of nearly 2 1/2 years in Canada writes "I arrived here a week ago and was greeted by the sirens after about five minutes in the place. It seemed strange to hear them after almost 2 1/2years. It is quite a change to live in a large hotel, and if it were peace time nothing could be better. I miss my pal, a boy I have been with throughout my service, but he is only about fifty miles from here, so I shall be able to visit him on my forty eights".
Pte. George Farrington writes "I mean to save all my N.Ls and get them bound like a book after the war, for they will be very nice to look back upon. I am in a hut where we have Englishmen, Irishmen, Scotsmen and Welshmen, and when they all get talking it is more like a concert, you don't know half of what they are saying, but we are a good crowd and that is worth a lot. Will you please give my kind regards to all serving in the Forces especially to Eric Booth and Bill Harrison; and here's hoping to be back in the good old village once more."
Stoker John Twist writes from his ship which is in a port to say "I would be very grateful to you if you would send me the address of any Tarleton lads stationed near here. I should be grateful if you would remember me in your next N.L. to an old pal of mine, Peter Dawson of Hesketh Bank, whom I have not seen for a long while. Also to my cousin Wren Rosie Twist who is now in Ireland".
L/CpI. Sandy Laing, Royal Marines, writes "The whole barracks is in quarantine for mumps and so I have had very little to do, except the usual instruction. Last Friday we had a free 'Tombola' (naval game), and free beer night. We had quite a thrill last week. Jerry threw one or two shells over, but they fell short. They are not like bombs, you don't hear anything of them until they have landed, and then, by Jove, you have to move, and quick, too."
Pte. Ronnie Sergeant writes from near the North Pole saying, " I am now back again in my old northern station. I arrived here yesterday after a rather rough crossing. The entertainment here is plentiful, the prices reasonable, the camp good, and the work not too hard. My Unit moved in here just as Harry Cookson's moved out, but I did not see him, as his Unit went back on the same boat that brought mine here."

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