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December 16th 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Here is still another Christmas number. The reason? I sent the first one on Nov 4th so as to be in time for the overseas Christmas mail. But I thought that those at home would like a Christmassy number nearer Christmas itself, so this is really for the Home Forces, although, doubtless, those abroad will enjoy it when it reaches them, somewhere in February or March. I have tried to make this number as interesting as I can, and I hope that you will enjoy it.
Again, with every good wish for Christmas and the New Year, and as you know with every prayer of mine for your health and safety, and a speedy, victorious return to the family.
With every Blessing,
Ever your affectionate Friend and Brother,

Sid Ball has written home from the B.N.A.F. to say that he has met Walter Ashcroft from the newspaper shop in Rufford, somewhere in N. Africa.
Little Charlie Martin of Carr Lane is in Southport Infirmary. He is suffering from tonsilitis. His father is in the C.M.F.
We much regret to say that the War Office has sent official notification that Gdsn. Aubrey Smith is reported missing. He was in the big battle on November 8th.

On Leave: Harry Alty; Ken Nicholson; Fred Bentham; Sidney Cookson (H.B.); Fred Pollard; David Rimmer;
Mr. Robert Iddon, Sutton Lane, father of Mrs. Ernest Ball, died very suddenly on Saturday afternoon. He was 75 years old. He was apparently in very good health, and only recently had taken over the green houses in Sutton Lane belonging to Mr. William Gregson.
Mrs. John Hunter, who comes from Banks, has presented her husband with a baby.
Mrs. Tom Latham (Hester Ascroft) put her greenhouses up for sale on Saturday, but as the highest bid was only £40 apiece, they were withdrawn.
Ernie Nicholson has been granted another 3 month's compassionate leave to look after his invalid mother.
Tarleton Corinthians played Southport A.T.C. at home on Saturday and lost 4 3.
Mr. Peters, who has been the Headmaster of our Church Schools since 1940 has been appointed headmaster of the Knutsford Boys' Church School There are 275 boys in the Knutsford school with six assistant teachers. Mr. Peters takes up his new appointment in March.
We have it on good authority that Mr. Harry Ball (Lettuce) has bought Tom Eatough's farm on Tarleton Moss.

Mrs. Stanley Johnson, (nee Polly Hunter), Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, informs the rector that her husband, who is in Italy, has seen an article in the "Union Jack", the Army Newspaper that circulates in Italy, about the Rector's News Letter, She says the article states that someone connected with this Army newspaper went into a N.A.A.F.I. in Italy and saw a copy lying on a table. He read it and went back to his billet and wrote this article for his paper. The rector would be much obliged if any lad having a copy would kindly let him see it, or send him one for himself.

Corpl, Dick Townsley airgraphs from M.E.F. saying "I saw in the last N.L. that I got two days ago that the Whitehead brothers mentioned me in their letter to you; as they say we came over on the same boat but I have never seen them since we disembarked, so will you please send me their address so that I can write to them. I have been in five different places since I came out here. Remember me to my brothers in law William Barnes, Billy Benjamin, and above all Harry Harrison and Hugh Rowland, and a Merry Christmas to all."
L/Cpl. Harley McKean sends his airgraph also from M.E.F. to say "Although I have travelled half round the world I have never come across anything like the N.L. By the time you receive this it may be New Year so here is wishing you all at home the very best and let's hope Peace for everyone."
L/Cpl. Fred Forshaw writes from India saying "During my first six months here I have seen many of the Indian States, been in Marajah's Palaces, Temples etc. visited the Viceroy's Palace and seen not a few of the so called wonders of India. You will see from my address that I have parted company with Lt. Herbert Croft. We've known each other 20 years now, and I think it's time you made your trousers shiney in the velvet chair by the fire instead of wearing your boots out chasing other people".
O/S Walter Ascroft writes from his ship to say "I have settled down now to Navy life, and am not having a bad time. We are pretty good for food, but it is not over plentiful. When first I came here I found it a big change from being at home, but I am getting used to it, and, of course, making the best of it".
E.R.A. Jack Hodge, R.N. also writes from his ship saying "Since I last wrote to you quite a lot has happened. My work here is very interesting, but it is very hot down in the engine room, and after each watch I always feel very tired and doped, but I soon overcome that with a nice cold bath."
Pte. Ken Robshaw sends an interesting airmail from India to say "I am pleased to see my name in the N.L. At least it lets me know that my letters to you are getting through. I have now moved to a proper barracks and it is even better than Preston. We have an up-to date Church just as in England and there are always many civilians present at the Services. I read in the last N.L. that Capt. Herbert Croft happens to be in the same part of the country. I hope that I may come across him on one of my nights out. The other day, I went to a hospital and gave a pint of my blood for a lad who was very ill. I am pleased to say that I felt no after effects. Remember me to all the boys and girls in the Forces."
Corpl. Ted Barnish writes from M.E.F. "In a few weeks time it will be three years since I last went to Tarleton Church. What a lot of changes since then! I have, myself, experienced some very trying times, but have managed to come out on top every time we go into battle. I always carry with me the little book you gave me. It is now looking a little rough on the cover, but is still as good inside. When coming out of Burma I lost nearly all my personal kit, but the book arrived safely with me in India. I wonder how many of the lads have still got their's. I take this opportunity of wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. I'm hoping that Dec. 25th, 1944, will allow me to give you these greetings in person."
A.C. Freddy Coupe, R.A.F. sends from the West Indies saying, "Things are going quite well with me and I can't grumble. It is not so hot now, which is a good thing, although we can still wear our shorts. I've had one or two trips to town since I last wrote. I saw a very good film; it was "Girl Crazy"; very amusing, and I had a good laugh."
Dvr. S. Iddon (H.B.) airgraphs from C.M.F. "It will soon be two years since I left England and so far I have only had the luck to meet one Tarleton lad, and that was Corpl. Jimmy Burns, last year in Egypt. I am now in Italy and the place I am in is very nice. I am very thankful to be away from all the flies and the sandstorms. Remember me to the Tindsleys and all the boys with whom I used to play cricket, and tell them that I hope it will not be long before we are digging ourselves in again."
Stoker Will Melling (H.B.) sends an airgraph from his ship "I have spent two years in eastern waters so I am ready for a change. You will see by the date how long your N.Ls take to reach me, but I am sure they would find us anywhere. It is as good as a tonic to receive those precious N.Ls. It is nice to read in the papers the great work done by our lads in the Middle East. Perhaps it will not be long before we can show you what we came out here to do. Well, we shall see."
Pte. Jack Parker writes from India saying "Many thanks for the N.Ls which keep rolling in. The October 15th, 1942 number came a week ago. It had been only five miles away in February, but apparently was sent to 2nd Echelon, who stamped it "No trace", then redirect it to me. Fine system!! I see that Roger Watson had 14 days leave at a place that according to his description sounds very much like this place where I am stationed. (See double summer number for August 19th). Tomorrow is the closing date for Christmas airgraphs, so I will wish you, and all the Tarleton folk, at home and in the Forces, a very happy Christmas."
AC2 Maurice Haskell writes "I am just settling down to my new routine and understanding the lay out of the camp, which, by the way is pretty well scattered about. There are bags of apple and pear trees about, and I suppose the people would be very generous with the fruit, so I wish it were summer time. A good number of lads in my flight come from places like Chorley, Wigan, Manchester, Warrington etc. Please remember me to Eva Foulds and, of course, to all the other girls and boys who know me."
LAC Hugh Melling says "I think I must head your list of bad correspondents. We've been kept busy lately with the raids on Berlin. I think Adolf will be crying out before he gets much more of it. One pilot was telling me that he thinks another good raid will finish Berlin altogether. I was very pleased to hear that Jimmy Burns had got back safely. Please remember me to Uncle Bert, cousins Harry and Mick, the Burns brothers and all in the Forces."
John Ashcroft, Hesketh Lane, who is in the N.A.A.F.I. writes "I am quite settled here now and satisfied with the job. Already we have tons of extras coming in for the lads' Christmas dinners, poultry, turkeys, pudding etc. so we shall be saying it is a good job that Christmas comes but once a year, but the extra work is worth while as long as the lads have a good time. Please remember me to my friend Tommy Parkinson, and also to Philip Rigby, with whom I was for a short time on Home Guard piquet at the rectory."
Gunner Harry Harrison writes from somewhere in England saying "I was very pleased to receive a recent N.L. because when I was in the Desert weeks' would pass before I received any and then I would get three or four together. We have a N.A.A.F.I. in camp here and its a real change to get a good supper instead of the hard biscuits and bully beef we have so long been used to. Please remember me to my brothers Billy, Dick (M.E.F.), Allan, and my cousins, also to all the others wherever they may be."
Pte. Barbara Coupe writes "The weather here is bitterly cold and it looks as if it were going to snow. We are sitting in front of a lovely fire because we are off duty until tomorrow. "I am hoping to spend next week end at home, if they do not put me on piquet duty. Please give my best wishes to all my old pals at home and overseas."
Raymond Coupe, who is doing national service work at a chemical research laboratory in the south, writes "We are still kept busy at the research station on one Government job or another. I am hoping to get home for Christmas, so will be dropping in to see you. With Fred and Barbara away things won't be as lively as usual at "Garfield", but no doubt we shall have a good time."
AC1 Harold Pilkington says "I always want to receive the Magazine and N.L. as early as possible, and I have found that it does not differ in its regular appearance in my mail. Life here is much the same as that at all R.A.F. camps. We are keeping the good work up as best we can. I wish to be remembered to my brother Ronald and Dick Gabbott, both in the M.E.F., also to all I know in H.M. Forces."
Sapper Herbert Parkinson writes "Many thanks for the N.L, which I receive weekly from you, never failing, always there on the dot. You look forward to the N.L. just like looking forward to your pay every Friday. I am on quite a good job at present kitchen hand for the Sergeants' Mess, you know, where the grub is. Remember me to all the lads and lasses in the Forces, especially John Pickervance and David Hanson, and congratulate David on his stripes."

What caused all the trouble in the Garden of Eden?
An apple. No a green pair.

Why did the apple turn over?
Because it saw the jam roll.

Give good answers to these.
Why was the newspaper red? What did the film screen? What gave the Journal ease?

1. Can you read this so as to make sense?
That that is is that that is not is not is not that it it is.

2. If the Bmt put:
If the B. putting:

3• Captain BBBB gave his RRRRRRRRRR to his CCCC.


5. An Arab, in His Will, left his 17 cattle to his three sons. His eldest was to have one half, his second son a third, and his youngest son a ninth. How did the boys divide the cattle without killing any.

6. Three men were having dinner. The bill came to 25/ . Each put down a 10/ note. The waiter was going to give them 5/ change but they told him to keep 2/ as a tip, so he gave them 1/ each. Each now had paid 5/ for his dinner. Three 9' s are 27: 3 to make up 30. So it looks as though the waiter got 3/ for his tip. What is the catch?

7. A train for London leaves Leeds at 40 miles per hour. At the same moment a train for Leeds leaves London at 60 miles per hour. When they pass which is furthest from London.

8. A man went into a boot shop. He bought a pair of boots for 15/ and paid with a £1 note. The tradesman had no change, so he took the note to the grocer next door and exchanged it for silver. He then gave the customer 5/ change and the customer departed with the boots. Soon after the grocer came in and showed that the note was spurious. The bootman gave him a genuine note and he departed. How much was the bootman out of pocket?

Answers on back page.

The following verses have come from India, and have been sent by Gunner Philip Rigby. He says, in a covering letter, "As no one seems to have mentioned the good work you are doing, I have had a shot myself. So here is the poem he sends:

1. From that green Isle called England,
To India we came
To fight for our freedom
And uphold that great name.

2. From our friends and our loved ones
We drifted this way.
So onward we'll march
To that great Victory day.

3. And now for a word
About someone who's fine,
Who takes a great interest
In your news and mine.

4. So let's all say good health;
Long life and good luck,
To our Rector from Tarleton
Who's got lots of pluck.

Harry Harrison sends the following verses. In his covering letter he says "I enclose some verses for your Christmas number. I got them in Cape Town at a Church I visited while I was there". Here are the verses:

For Honour and for Her.
Somewhere a woman, thrusting fear away,
Faces the future bravely for your sake;
Toils from dawn to dark; from day to day,
Fights back her tears, nor heeds the bitter ache

She loves you, trusts you, breathes in prayer your name.
Soil not her faith in you, by sin or shame

Somewhere a woman, Mother, Sweetheart, Wife,
Waits betwixt hopes, and fears for your return;
Her kiss, her words, will cheer you in the strife
When death confronts you grim and stern.

But let her image all your reverence claim
When base temptations scorch you with their flame.

Somewhere a woman watches filled with pride,
Shrined in her heart you share a place with none;
She toils, she waits, she prays, till side by side,
You stand together when the battle's done.

0, keep, for her dear sake a stainless name,
Bring back to her a manhood free from shame.

Why worry.
The worry cow would be living now, If she had only saved her breath;
But she thought the hay wouldn't last all day, So she mooed herself to death.

Election Chaff.
Candidate: I am a self made man.
Heckler: Well, it only shows what 'orrors unskilled labour can produce.

Force of Habit,
Colonel, inspecting battalion: "Why have all the big men been put in the front?"
Adjutant. Sorry, sir, the new Sergeant Major is a greengrocer."

I. That that is, is; that that is not, is not; Is not that it? It is.
2. If the grate be (B) empty put coal on (:)
If the grate be full, stop (.) putting coal on.
3. Captain Forbes gave his Tenners to his Forces.
4. Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me.
5. The eldest son had some Cattle of his own; so he took one of them and added it to the 17. He then had 18 to divide. He took half himself (9), gave a third to his next brother (6), and a ninth to his youngest brother (2). This disposed of the 17 cattle to be divided. He took back his own beast, which, of course, had only been lent.
6. Actually the 3 from 30 is the 3/ the waiter returned, not his tip: Each paid 9/ , total 27/ ; this was 25/ for the dinner and 2/ tip.
7. When they pass they are, of course, the same distance from London irrespective of what speed they are travelling.
8. £I out of pocket. We can leave the grocer out. He gave the bootman £1 in silver and got, eventually, a good £1 note in exchange. The grocer had then £l of silver in his till. He gave the customer a pair of boots worth 15/ plus 5/- silver from the till, and had in exchange a spurious £1 note.

Jingle, jangle, star and spangle,
Over the wilderness wide.
Tall camels sway in the wilderness way
With their spacious, spongy stride.
And three grave Kings with mystic things,
In search of the King who is King of Kings,
Three steadfast spectres ride.

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