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December 9th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
I was wondering the other day how many from Tarleton there are in one or other of the Forces who receive a letter from me every week and who never send me one single letter in reply. There are not many I know, but I think that you will agree that there should not be one. Every week I send out 250 of these letters. They take a good deal of time to write and to send. And it is not as though we did not know each other extremely well. In fact some of the worst offenders in this way, that is of not sending me a single line from years end to years end, are amongst my very best peace time pals. So if your conscience should prick you, hurry up and get your pen and ink, or pencil, and ease it a little.
This is not a grumble, for it is always a pleasure to write the N.L. and send it to you, but it is a gentle reminder.
Next week, all being well, I hope to send another double Christmas number, this time especially for those in the Home Forces. With very best love and many prayers for you all, and of course, my blessing to every one,
ever your affectionate friend,

Miss Caunce's Senior Girls' Bible Class have been working all the autumn making Christmas presents to be sold on behalf of N.L.Fund. On Saturday they held a Sale of their work in the Schools. The large room was packed to overflowing. Miss Jessie Chapman, our Sunday School Superintendent opened the Sale. While the Sale was going on the Rector held an exhibition of souveniers sent home by the lads abroad. The star piece was a medal struck by Mussolini to commemorate his Army taking Egypt which our lads stopped him taking. Total proceeds of Sale up to date £108. We all owe our most sincere thanks to Miss Mary Caunce and her Bible Class girls for this really great effort. The results represent six months' cost of the N.L.
Little Maureen Sutton, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Matt. Sutton, died in the children's Hospital, Liverpool, on Tuesday and was buried at Tarleton on Friday. She was 3 years old. Matt. is in Italy.

On leave: Harry Crook, Ken Dandy, Harry Woosey, Ken Ogden, Jimmy Sutton.
Mrs. Dick Parkinson (nee Doris Wignall) has presented her husband with a daughter.
Tarleton Corinthians played Bankfield (Crossens) on Saturday, and lost 3 0. Game played at Tarelton.
Mrs. Anne Johnson, Dairy Cottage, Holmes, died on Wednesday and was buried at Tarleton on Saturday. She was a widow, and aged 77 years.
Mrs. James Forshaw, made, gave, and raffled a cake for the N.L. Fund, and it brought in £5.5.0. We know that all the lads will thank her, as, indeed, does the rector.
Bretherton's oldest inhabitant, Mr. Jonathan Jackson, died last week. He was over 80 years old.
Albert Coxhead, Bretherton's farmer barber cycle repairer, who should have been married some weeks ago had to postpone his wedding owing to an attack of flu'. He was married last Wednesday.
Nick Taylor, (Chick), who was released for a year to work at Mayor's boat building yard, returned to his Unit last week.
In common with all the villages in the District, Tarleton has now formed a young Farmers' Association. Films are shown in the School on all matters connected with farming. Mr. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane is Chairman for this district.
Sergeant Jack Edmondson, R.A.F., who has been in Canada for six months, is now back in England. He has been on leave for the past week. He has got his navigators wing.

Pte. Jack Parker airgraphs from India saying: Thanks for N.Ls. Some still take over three months to come, but one did come in 6 weeks. The Bishop of Assam has been here again for a fortnight. I heard him preach at the Parish Church. My mother has heard from my brother Syd p o w in Germany. He is at Stalag 8B. I heard the B.B.C. giving an account of the docking of repatriated prisoners of war at Scotland. I am glad that some, at least, are getting back home".
Corpl. Jimmy Burns writes: "I have arrived here safe and sound and reported for duty. I want to thank all in Hoole and Tarleton for the nice reception they gave me on my return. Please remember me to my brother Tom, C.M.F., Dick, somewhere at sea, George, still in England, my brothers in law Harry Forrest, M.E.F., and George West, England.
Please also give my best wishes to all the boys and girls. I received the last N.L. just as I was going for the train so it was something of interest for me to read on the journey". Gunner Harry Harrison writes: "I don't know whether you have ever been in this place but it is very wet and dismal. I shall be paying you a visit soon, for I am hoping to get 14 days leave in a few days time. Best wishes to all especially my brother Dick in the M.E.F., and tell him to keep smiling".
Corpl. Sandy Laing, Royal Marines, writes "I am now in ---- with my new rank. Corporal. This is quite a good camp, though not handy for the town, which is about 7 miles away. I have been here a week now and have not gone outside the camp. The best of it is, I am enjoying staying in and having a chat round the fire, and it also gives me a chance to save. I am on Church parade tomorrow, and I am quite looking forward to it. The trouble is that we can't go when we want, owing to duties, and I never like going with the feeling that I have to; I would much rather go of my own free will. I guess it must be just for discipline that they detail us." (Congratulations, Sandy, on your promotion, which is fairly speedy for the Marines).
Gunner Driver Fred Bentham says "I have expected being posted for the last month, but it seems I'm still in the same place. If all goes well I should be on leave in eleven days and I will come round to see you. Remember me to my two pals David Hanson and Ronnie Iddon, whom, it seems, they have roped in at last. It seems ages since I was on leave, so it will be good to see a few old faces again".
Pte George Farrington writes "We are very busy here at present, working 7 days a week, and anything up to midnight. I am attached to Britain's finest Force, the Commando's. Please give my kind regards to all in the Forces, Eric Booth and Bill Harrison. I am stationed alongside the Navy and Army and Air Force and we are a very happy bunch altogether. Will you kindly wish all my old pals a Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year, through the N. L."
Corporal Arthur Worth says "I have just received the Christmas number of the N.L., together with the beautiful Christmas Card, for which I thank you. You must have done some hard thinking to compile a booklet of this kind. There have been some big changes in camp while I have been away and some of my friends have been posted. The weather here is very nice and just like springtime. Please remember me to all. "
Pte. Joe Power says "I am getting settled down in my new abode and the work we are doing is very interesting. It is a great change to be in God's good fresh air after a term of "imprisonment" down a "Hoole".
We are very fortunate about entertainments. We have sent to us at least 2 dozen tickets for the theatre every week, 3/6 seats too!! On Tuesday and Wednesday I was given two 4/6 seats to hear the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. I enjoyed the evening very much, and cannot help but give Dr. Malcolm Sargent due credit for his brilliant conducting".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes: "It is just three weeks since I came back from leave, and believe me, it seems like three months. This will be my fourth Christmas in the Army, but let's hope and pray that it will be the last one for all of us. We in this country are fortunate, for many of our boys are in the thick of it. Let us say a special prayer for each one of them. May God keep them from all harm. I was sorry that I did not see my sister in-law, Vera Iddon, when I was at home. I have always just gone back when she comes on leave. So, space permitting, will you give her my best wishes, with the hope that we may meet on my next leave? God bless you, and all at home and abroad".
E.R.N. Jack Hodge, R.N., writes from his ship saying "I have been drafted to a ship after getting nicely used to barrack life. This life is much more interesting and sailor like. The food on board is very good and we get plenty of it. I think it will be O.K. with the censor when I say that my ship is a cruiser, and also that she is a beauty with some jolly good engines. I would like to be remembered to all my friends in the Forces especially to Ronnie Iddon, Arthur Barron, (Hesketh Lane), Jack Waters and Arthur Proctor. I have a friend on camp who comes from Yorkshire."


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