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December 2nd 1943

My Dear Boys and Girls,
In a fornight's time I am sending you another double Christmas number, this time chiefly for those on the home front. So, if you have any bits of verse you would like to see printed, send them along and I will see if I can squeeze them in. AIso next week I am sending you all one of the usual stamped, addressed post cards, for you to return to me with your latest address. Please do fill it in. It is very hard to keep up with your very frequent changes, and I do want you to get the N.L. as soon as possible without it having to travel from Lands End to John O'Groats, and then find you at last at Birmingham. A few week's ago a lad sent me the envelope which contained his N.L. and it had 19 addresses on it. The Post Office, when the original envelope was full up with addresses had pasted slips of paper on it to hold the additional addresses. One of these days we might offer a prize for the envelope with the greatest number of addresses, but this one would be hard to beat.
With my love, my Blessing and my Prayers,
Ever your old comrade and companion,

Mrs. Tom Wilson (nee Betty Monaghan, family came from Liverpool in 1940) of Beech House, Hesketh Lane, has presented her husband with a son.
The infant son of Robert (Bob) and Mary Farrington, Oaklands Ave. was christened at Tarleton P.C. on Sunday with the names Robert Caunce.
The infant daughter of John and Annie Rodgers, Rose Cottage, Sollom, was christened at Tarleton P.C. on Sunday with the name Elsie.
Mr. William Ashcroft, senr. Douglas Avenue, died on Thursday aged 74 years. Mr. Robert Bromilow, Hesketh Lane, died suddenly on Sunday aged about 53.
Old Mr. Whittle's bungalow in Blackgate Lane, next to Tom Sutton's cycle shop, was sold by auction on Saturday in Garlick's Cafe. Mr. Eli Howard, Moss Lane, bought it for £990. He intends to live in it himself. Mr. Edward Moss was the auctioneer.
William Ball (submarines) R.N. Newarth Lane is on nine days' leave. Also on leave Abram Wright, Ronnie Johnson, Vernon Ogden, Harry Crook, Jimmy Southern, Edwin Hodson, Ken Dandy, Walter Ascroft, for week end only, Bert Miller from H.B.,
Tarleton Corinthians played Southport Holy Trinity on Saturday and lost 3 0. on Holy Trinity ground. Corinthians only put 8 men in field, others in bed with flu.
Tommy Eatough, Tarleton Moss, next to Jack Hodson's, is selling up his farm next week, owing to ill health. He is doing so under doctor's orders.
The guild of Players put on a very good show on Friday evening in the schools. Owing to shortage of men only lady artistes took part. Proceeds for Red Cross.
Mr. William Ascroft has bought, second hand, a very large "Battery" for egg producing, and it is being erected in the back yard of his house in Coe Lane.

Dvr. John Iddon, M.E.F., sends an airgraph saying "I have had two air mails from my brother Harry who is in India. He seems to be having a lot of hard training. He said the very first letter he received when he got to India was the N.L. Things are not so bad out here now, we have pictures and sports and a lot of A.T.S. My kind regards and a Happy Christmas to my brother Harry, Jack Moss, Dick Gabbott and Dick Blundell".
AC Dick McKean airgraphs from the M.E.F. to say "We are enjoying ideal weather out here, but between you and I, I would much rather enjoy Tarleton weather. I keep hoping that I may meet some of the local lads out here, quite a lot of them seem to be in the M.E.F.
Gunner Philip Rigby sends an airmail from India saying. "I have spent nearly all my time in the jungle since I arrived in India.
During the last fortnight I have received a whole batch of N.Ls. Amongst them was a double number with some good verses in it; and as no one seems to have mentioned the good work you are doing, I have had a shot at it myself. Please remember me to all in H.M. Forces and Home Guard". (The excellent, but flattering verses composed by Philip will appear in our extra Christmas double number in a fortnight's time).
Corpl. Jimmy Swift airgraphs from East Africa to say "I have just returned to H.Q, after being away 13 months, and what a big improvement I find. Hot and cold shower baths, pictures and a well stocked NAAFI. All make life very agreeable here. I have just been on 17 day's leave and spent it at a place called Thompson's Falls. I stayed at the hotel and was made very welcome. During my stay we had a swarm of locusts. They have to be seen to be believed. There were millions".
Dvr. John Caunce in his airmail from a hospital in M.E.F. writes "I have just had my second operation and am doing fine. I have been bothered with my throat lately, so they are going to take my tonsils out, which means that I shall be here for Christmas. However, when I do get out of here I should feel A.1. I have not had any mail for eight weeks so you can see how far behind I am."
AC2 Teddy Coupe writes from the West Indies saying "I have had a rotten time lately. First of all I got Sweat Rash, which isn't exactly pleasant, then I followed on with Athlete's foot, another common complaint round here. I have been to the trial twice and its very interesting. I think it is about 50 50 at the moment. The accused was in the box the second time I went and he explained things pretty well. I am still as busy as ever and time simply flies along."
Pte. Bob Hull, Turnpike, writes "I have been on point duty today. Please remember me to the Harrison brothers (Bill and Jimmy, Ken Dandy, Jack Marsden, and all the other boys and girls doing their utmost to help win this beastly war, both here and abroad."
Pte. George Wait says "The training here is very hard and it is a big change from civvy street. I have met some good pals here and we have quite a lot of fun. I met Bill Barker this morning in the dining hall and we had a nice chat. I am getting rather tired of bagpipes as we hear nothing else all day long."
Cadet Mick Melling, R.A.C. writes "As you will see from the address I have now moved to a pre Octu group. I arrived here yesterday and expect to spend the next two months at this place before going on to Sandhurst for six months. I would be glad if you would kindly remember me to Uncle Bert, Hughie, Harry Crook, and all my other friends."
O.A. Jimmy Sutton, R.N. says "I have been in the sick bay for a while with strain. Anyhow, everything is going on fine with me now, so I am quite happy. Thank you for the card enclosed with your Christmas N.L. We have pinned it up as the first Christmas Card received this year. Please remember me to my old school mates, especially Jimmy Gautrey and Sid Cookson."
Pte. Will Sefton, R.A.S.C. writes "When I was going through - last week walking on the other side of the street, was I think, Bob Hull. Could you tell me if Bob, whom I knew well before the war, is in ----?. Anyhow he was with a girl friend so I did not bother to go across to him. Is Bob in the Military Police? for if so it was he. Please remember me to all the boys of the village" (Yes, Bill it was Bob.)
Pte. Arthur Barron, Hesketh Lane, writes "The training is not too bad so far. We went into the gas chamber the other day and had to take our gas masks off about three minutes before we came out. The preliminary training here is for six weeks and then I shall be posted to a regiment. The food is not bad and we can get a very good meal in the NAAFI. Remember me to my brother Bob, and all my friends."
Corpl. Doris Molyneux, W.A.A.F. says "I think the cold is the chief grumble of the camp at present. We are in the middle of arranging our list of Chritmas Services and Entertainments, and are to begin practises for the Carol Service next week. I have had to play the piano a few times as our pianist was away."
Ldg/M.M. Harry Alty, R.N. writes "I have now moved again after finishing my training as M.M. My work just at present is mostly repairs and this keeps us quite busy. I have not met anyone here yet that I know, but I was with E. Gardner, of Longton, at the last place I was stationed at. This place is not bad at all. Please remember me to all the boys and girls I know. I am hoping to be home on leave before long, so I will come round and see you". And bring a bloater, Harry.
Pte. Harry Woosey says "The lads here have just been looking at this week's N.L., and Joe Pollard, who comes from Burnley, was highly delighted when he read about what George Wait had to say concerning the Black Watch. Joe has been in the Black Watch 3 years, 2 1/2 in the Far East, and had a pretty rough time. Glad to hear that my old pal Jimmy Burns is home again from the Far East and Italy. I should like to see him, but I am afraid he will have gone back again before I come on leave; so please wish him the best of luck from me". Will you please thank the Bowling Club for the gifts they sent me".
Gunner Arthur Harrison sends a letter from the far, far north, saying "If you happen to see my sister in law while she is home on leave would you be good enough to give her my best wishes for a good leave. Also to Harold Aspey. I was sorry I did not see him again when on leave. I waited for him outside the British Legion for two nights to thrash him at Billiards. Tell him now that we are both back the war will soon be over. And will you thank the Bowling Club for me for the 30/- which Jim Ashcroft handed me when I was home. I did thank Jim very much indeed."

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