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June 1st 1944
No. 216 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear boys and girls,
If you read my letter in last week's issue you will know how eager I am to find some solution to the burning question as to what should be done to lay a sure foundation for the new world we hope to see after the war. I am leaving no stone unturned, and so, for once, I am doing something that I have never done before. I have asked Commander King-Hall M.P., to give an address in Church on Sunday morning next when he will dwell purely upon the question of spiritual reconstruction. He will say nothing upon the political outlook. I will let you have a precis of his address next week.
Commander King-Hall is a sailor, an M.P., and educated man, and a man of great vision. He should be a great help to us in this matter.
But I am sure that each one of you has some contribution to make to this question, and I am looking forward to your letters with good and pratical suggestions.
The final solution will have to be a joint effort, for it is far too big a matter for one man to tackle by himself. It should prove a very good and useful subject for you to discuss with your pals.
With every good wish for you all,
ever your affectionate pal,

On Saturday afternoon Alice Edmondson was marred in Tarleton Parish Church to Robert Parkinson, Church View. The rector took the service. Billy Parkinson could not get leave to be present. Wedding Breakfast and Reception at Garlicks. 60 guests sat down to breakfast.
O/Tel John Webster was on the destroyer Inconstant when it ran into the gale which, as described in the Manchester Guardian and other daily papers, caused his ship to heave to for 3 1/2 days some time last January. It was a 100 m.p.h, gale and the Commander said it was the worst in his experience.
Mr. Tom Barron, Sollom, father of Ann and Bert, died on Tues. and was buried at Tarleton on Saturday, He was 53 years of age.
Tom Hurst, wounded in Italy, is now home at H.B. Alan Barnes and John Wright have been discharged through ill health.
Jimmy Rainford, of Coppull, who drives H.M.S. bus, was married on Saturday at H.B. Parish Church to Jenny Leadbetter, Shore Rd., H.B. Reception & Wedding Breakfast at H.B. Schools, supplied by Garlicks.

Please Note. Tarleton Red Cross working party have given £50 to St. John's Ambulance, Chapel Walk, off Fishergate, Preston, next door to Robert's Body-building works; and every lad who has to wait in Preston at any time during the night can call there and get a good bed with absolutely clean sheets and a clean pillowcase plus a cup of tea and cakes absolutely free. He is waked at whatever time he desires so that he can catch his train. All you have to do is to call at the R.T.O's Office, just outside the main entrance at Preston Station and get a ticket. It's not charity we have paid for it.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Peter Wright, Church Road next to old Post Office, was christened on Sunday with the name of Sheila.
Tom Walsh is in the Convalescent Ward of a Military Hospital in the N.E. of England recovering from a slight attack of pneumonia.

ERM Dick Burns, R.N. airgraphs fram his ship somewhere on the High Seas "I have met one lad out here who comes from Hoscar Moss (Burscough) and I think you know him, his name is Martland. I hope you will give my kind regards to my brothers in the Forces,Tom, C.M.F.; Jim and George somewhere in England, also my brother-in-law Harry Forrest, Bert, Hugh and Mick Melling, and tell Jim Leacy he owes me a letter. I take this opportunity of personally thanking you for the double Easter number and card which I received yesterday.
Trooper Harry Latham writes from South East Asia Command (Admiral Mountbatten's Army) "Thank you for the N.Ls and the Parish Magazines which I have received. I am now doing my bit with my fellow mates at the front. I am in the best of health and the food is good. Give my congratulations to Harry Iddon on his marriage. I once thought the same would happen to me, and I thought I should be able to give you the pleasure of taking my marriage. When I get the N.Ls my mates wait in turn to read them as they think it is a very good idea. I am keeping in touch with Hugh Rowland who is out here." Harry signs himself "your loving brother, H Latham, and the rector thoroughly reciprocates this superscription.
Dvr. John Caunce, who numbers his letters, and this one is no.39, airmails from C.M.F. "At present I am excused all duties, so you can imagine what a good sleep I can have in a morning. I was asked to play football for workshops against H.Q. and I think I must have been mistaken for the ball for I finished up with the skin taken off all down one side of one leg, and under the doctor's care. Don't worry about me, I am enjoying myself out here."
Capt. Eric Hind, airgraphs from India, "I am allowed to tell you where I am, so will you please put it in the N.L. that if anyone who is passing through Deolali wishes to look up Frank Foster or myself, contact the Adjutant of the Indian Transit Camp (thats me). Anyone who calls will be sure of a good gossip and a drink of their own choice. That's a big promise but I think I can always fulfil it!"
Cpl. Ted Barnish airgraphs from C.M.F. "My brother Alec is in this country somewhere so I am hoping to come across him in the near future. You will see by my address that I am in still another part of the world, and also in another Squadron. I have not seen my brother for four years so when we do meet there will be a celebration, conditions permitting. By what I read there will be plenty of changes round home by the time I get back; each week the N.L. brings news of weddings."
Gdsn. Harry Crook writes "In one of your letters I see you say that Jimmy Leacy says he has written to me and received no answer; the letter must have gone atsray as I have received no word from him. I should like to know whether any news has been heard of Bill Sutton or John Tindsley lately, I do hope that they are alright. We have enjoyed typical South weather for the past three months, and rain seems a thing of the past."
AB Frank McKean writes from his famous ship "I have a piece of news that will pass the censor in this silent Service.
No.1. General Montgomery paid a visit to the ship and spoke to the ship's company.
No.2. I spliced the mainbrace for the 4th time in three years. You will know what that signal means - the King paid a visit to us. It certainly is a great sight and one that I wish people of Tarleton could see. I have now got my North Africa Rose on my 39-43 medal ribbon; it really sets it off a treat."
Pte. Arthur Barron writes "I have had a very nice time since I left hospital; but I think that things will be tougher now that I have got back here. There is a lad with me who used to live in Tarleton, Jack Mason by name; he lived at the Lock Houses in Hesketh Lane. Remember me to my brother Bob, Jack Hodge, and to Ann and Bert Barron."
Sapper Herbert Parkinson writes "It is a job to know what to put in one's letters with them being censored, or should I say 'blue pencilled' . Thanks for the N.Ls which we receive without fail no matter where we are. Remember me to all in the Forces, especially John Pickervance and David Hanson, and may they have a safe and speedy return."
PO/ MM Harry Alty R.N. writes from his ship "I heard that my cousin Tom Spencer came to a base not far from here last week. I was hoping to see him but unfortanately he was moved before we got a chance. I have not seen much of Kenneth Dandy for some time, but I have had a very busy time. Will you please remember me to all those from Tarleton in the Forces?"
Pte. Barbara Coupe, A.T.S. writes "Last night we had to polish our floor because the Senior Command was inspecting to-day and if the rooms were dirty were going to cancel our sleeping out passes. Fred will have got back from leave now, but he will certainly have enjoyed the change and especially visiting his American relatives."
AC Walter Rawsthorne writes "I haven't had much time to explore my surroundings yet, but we are within easy reach of London so no doubt I shall take the chance of visiting it. Life here is just the same, still under canvas. Please give my kind regards to my pals Tom Rigby and Robert Barron."
Sgt. David Hanson R.A.F. writes "Life is more or less the same over and over again. It is all a matter of sleeping, eating, and of course, receiving and sending letters; naturally we do fly once in a while between leaves. I liked that gesture of Mr. and Mrs. Iddon giving something to the N.L. Fund in memory of Murial, and I will send them the copy where you have kindly thanked them."
Pte. John Rimmer A.G.C. writes, "Lately I have been moving about cooking for the desert rats. I am glad to say I have had a splendid time with such a wonderful Army. I cannot write much at present as I have just been innoculated, but please remember me to my brother David, somewhere at sea, and to all the lads in the Services." (Glad to tell you John that David came home on leave last week, and looks remarkably well.)

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