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November 11th 1943

My dear boys and girls,
I hope that you liked the Christmas double number. You, in England, understand why it has been sent too early; for the sake of those abroad who will get it just in time for the Feast of the Nativity.
Once again the time has come round for me to remind you to get in touch with your Chaplain and make a real friend of him. Help him to do his work effectively by asking him into your billet, and get him talking to your mates. Please remember that the shyness is not always on your side; many Chaplains are shy also, and sometimes feel that they do not care to intrude. So make your Chaplain feel that his visits are appreciated, and you, and your mates, will find that he is a very different kind of person to what you once thought he was. A Chaplain can be as matey and as good a pal as your best friend, in fact, if you only knew it, he is your best friend.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate companion,

Two 'near misses'. Bob McCleod and John Hunter went to Liverpool last week in Bob's car. At Litherland a Yankee wagon smashed into car and put it permanently out of action. John got a hurt foot, Bob unharmed.
A few local Home Guard went to (P?)illing on Sunday in Home Guard light Ford. Coming home, while going at 40m.p.h., back wheel came off. No one hurt, but all in shock. George Ascroft's remark, as accident happened was "I don't appreciate a coffin wrapped in a Union Jack".
Eric Booth, home on leave, travelled in train with two ladies and shewed them a few N.Ls he had in his pocket. One lady saw Alice Bentham's name in N.L. and said she served her probationship with Alice in Ulverston Military Hospital. She is Nurse Campbell whose home is at Barrow in Furness, and she wishes to be remembered to Alice.
Bob Barron (Hesketh Lane returned to his billet one dark night a fortnight ago and found a man in his bed. He gave intruder a cuff and pulled him out to find it was Walter Rawsthorne playing a joke on him. Walter was passing through Bob's town, called on him, found him out, and thought he would give him a surprise. He did.
Ronnie Iddon, Hesketh Lane, joins the Navy on Thursday..
Sergeant David Hanson, who has just got his flying wing, tells the rector that he is not an observer but a Wireless Operator rear gunner. By the way, the lady to whom he is engaged, Lilian Tindsley, does not live in Moss Lane, as stated last week, but in Boundary Lane near Hundred End.
On Leave: Jack Hodge; Harry Taylor; John Webster; Tom Dickinson; David Hanson.
The baby son of Lieut. and Mrs. Cooke (nee Nellie Cookson) was christened by the Rector in Tarleton Parish Church on Sunday by the names of Ronald Anthony. Godparents were Flying Officer Harry Taylor (uncle), Corpl. Harry Cookson (uncle, by proxy), Mary Taylor.
The Corinthians played the Y.M.C.A. at home on Saturday and lost 11. 1.
Mrs. Foster (nee May Wilson) has presented her husband with a son, the second.
The Banns were called for the first time at Bretherton Parish Church between Albert Coxhead, Bretherton Farmer and Barber, and a Miss Evans who is an evacuee from Liverpool.
News has just come to hand that a Bretherton woman is missing, and that all the ponds are being dragged. Will give more detailed information next week.
Mr. William Iddon, retired signalman, Moss Lane, died on Sunday aged 67 years and was buried at H.B. Churchyard.

Dvr. Billy Parkinson begins his airgraph thus "This is my first letter to you from Italy. Today I had my first Holy Communion in Italy, held in an orchard, and I quite enjoyed it. It nearly co-incided with my 3rd wedding anniversary, which was yesterday, and no doubt you will recollect it very well. I have received several N.Ls recently, and they are very welcome".
LCpl. Harry Price airgraphs from Paiforce "Thanks for N.Ls, which I receive very regularly. I see you mention that I'm in India, but I would correct you as I'm in lraq. We only see Camp once in a while as we are taking long journeys to a place where it is pretty cold, so its grand to be back to heat etc. Best wishes to all the lads especially to Bert, Tom Tindsley, Hubert and Frank Foster."
C/R Robert Iddon, airgraphs from his ship saying "I am afraid, that I have nothing exciting to tell you. Once again I am in training and shall probably be here until after Christmas, before going on to complete the course at Port ----. The work is very interesting and I really am having a fine time. I don't know whether I told you but for the second time I have met Jack Marsden out here. I was pleased to see in the N.L. that C.P.C. John Hornby, B.E.M. has been commissioned."
L/Cpl Harley McKean airgraphs from M.E.F. to say "I have just received a batch of N.Ls, included in them was the bumper summer number, which I think was a great effort. At the time of writing I am listening to the Radio. We get some ravishing programmes now, sir, and it does help a lot to keep us going. I am still longing for that great day when I return to the 'first little village in the world' .
Sergt. George Almond airgraphs from C.M.F. saying "Naturally, coming from hotter climes we, at fist, found it extremely cold. The country here is extremely nice with fruit and nuts etc. of all descriptions. Prior to coming here I had several opportunities of worshipping at a rather nice Parish Church which had been adapted from what I should imagine was a cabaret. It was entirely a soldiers' Church. Please remember me to all especially to Hubert and Tom Tindsley."
Stoker Tom Spencer writes from his ship saying "Sorry for being so long in writing, but you know what it is where girls are, especially sweethearts, so now I am writing I had best try and make it a good letter. It is quite a while since I saw any of the boys from away. The last one was Dick Singleton from Croston and we had quite a good time together. Remember me to all my pals in the Forces and to my best pals Sid Ball, Jack Marsden, and Eva Foulds. I could name more but it would fill the N.L., but I must not forget John Caunce."
LAC Tom Dandy writes "I am now in Bonnie Scotland and it lives up to its name, for it is a great place with some of the nicest people I have ever met. The camp here is very good and we have the best of food. I have not met any Tarleton lads up here apart from Flight Lieut. Richard Rymer who is stationed a mile or so away. He is a first class pilot. I receive the N.L. regularly. I don't think there is another of its kind anywhere. I've never seen one on all the stations I've been on.
L/Cpl. Tom Tindsley writes ''For the last five weeks I have been wandering round without permanent home or address. This new billet is really great. It is the kind of immense mansion one reads about but seldom sees except on films. It is old and rambling and comfortable. There is a private chapel in the house complete with organ; also a huge ballroom where we hold battalion Church parade conducted by the C.E. Chaplain. My best regards to my cousin Hubert, Tommy Parkinson, Harry Price and George Almond, all serving overseas, and may God bless all from Tarleton wherever they are."
Pte. Tom Johnson writes from Wigan saying "I am home on 28 days' leave pending discharge. I'm no use in the Army apparently. I've got gastric stomach and have to be on a diet which is impossible in the army. I shall have to forego the pleasure of reading the N.L. each week. I have been receiving them since you first started sending them out, and I have saved them all. I shall always remember those abroad who used to be workmates and friends of mine; there are quite a few of them, and I would like to be remembered to them for the last time." (The N.Ls will be still be sent to you, Tom, for 'old soldiers never die').
Craftsman Ken Ogden, R.E.M.E. writes "This camp is not too bad, but since we joined this crowd we have had plenty of work to do. I think they have been saving it up for us. We had quite a journey coming here. We are well away on the other side of London. We have a few air raids, but it is nothing really. Remember me to all my old friends in the Forces through the N.L. I am hoping to be home on leave at the end of November."
Dvr. John Caunce sends another airmail from a General Hospital in the Middle East, saying "I have been transferred to another hospital so I shall not get any mail for some time. When you write again you must address your letters to my Unit, as they say we shall get our mail faster that way. I am getting pretty near Fred Forshaw, and, by the way, I would like you to remember me to him. Also please remember me to John Spencer and Frank Foulds.
Pte. Eric Abram writes "We have nothing to do all day but eat and sleep; so one rather gets brownd off. Remember me to all the lads in the Forces especially to Jack Twist and Robert Latham, and don't forget to send the N.L., as it is so nice to have a bit of news from home".
Sergeant Instructor George Hardcastle writes "Most of the time we are climbing up ropes and walls or jumping ditches etc. We climb and scale over the gum, outside as well as in. One assault course is built over a canal and we swing across ropes, balance on logs with gaps between them which have to be jumped. So far three of the section have fallen in, but so far I have been lucky. Touch wood !!"
Dvr. Tom Alty (of Croston, married Kathleen Marsden) writes, "Just a few lines to let you know my new address so that I can get the N.L. punctually. This is a gaunt old place, but I can't tell you much about it as I only arrived here last Wednesday.

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