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Tarleton Parish Church and Holy Trinity School
June 8th 1944
No. 218 - Issued weekly since May 1940

Dear Boys and Girls,
The double number this week is simply that I might work off the considerable amount of extra matter, and especially "Extracts from Letters" that has been accumulating.
However, as this week is our "Tea Party Week," which is always such a big event in Tarleton, our double number will do to celebrate that event.
One more word on our after-war policy. It would be criminal folly to slip back into pre-war conditions, for, as I have said, our own grievous experience has proved that that means, eventually another war.
As Commander King-Hall said on Sunday what is the good of making all kinds of improvements in our material and social conditions if we do not fit ourselves to take full advantage of them and to use them aright.
It all boils down to a real change of heart, and that change can never come about unless we take God for our help. He alone can change the heart and make us really fit to rebuild the world upon a lasting foundation.
If you and I, after the war, put our heads together we could really make Tarleton a place fit to live in, and something worth having to hand on to the children who come after us.
Well, I don't want to keep on preaching sermons, but merely to throw out a few suggestions here and there. Things are moving fairly fast at present, and give us the hope that it will not be long before Enemy No. 1, at least, has been overcome.
With my love, my prayers, and my blessing,
ever your affectionate friend,

Daniel Harrison, Coe House Farm, Holmes was married on Sat. last at Rufford Parish Church to Annie Rimmer, Green Lane Farm, Holmes. They are intending to live at Holmeswood.
A Memorial Service for Aircraftsman Tom Parkinson, Carr Lane who was killed on Active Service in C.M.F. was held on Sunday afternoon last in Tarleton Parish Church. He was a Sidesman and a Sunday School Teacher. The S.S. children laid a wreath on the War Memorial before the Service.
Commander King-Hall, M.P. preached at Mattins in Tarleton Parish Church last Sunday taking as his theme the need for Spiritual Reconstruction if material and moral reconstruction is to be really effective.
Mrs. Eric Balshaw (nee Olive Rigby) has presented her husband with a daughter.
The rector was in bed three days last week with a severe cold.
We regret to record that the baby daughter (only a few days old) of Flight-Lieutenant and Mrs. Richard Rymer, died last week,
Forshaw's confectioners van going its rounds on Saturday morning came in collision with a butcher's van belonging to the man who bought Harry Lund's butcher's business. No one was injured but both vans put completely out of action until considerable repairs have been completed.
The house of Philip Barron, senior (Lyndale, Hesketh Lane) was put up for auction on Saturday by Mr. John Moss, Bretherton. Not many present, and as the price sought was not reached it was withdrawn. Philip senior has gone to live in the house in Hesketh Lane formerly occupied by Philip junior. and Philip junior has gone to Burns's house in Oaklands Avenue, while Burns's have gone to live in the house formerly occupied by Mrs. Hilton, in Meolsgate Avenue. Mrs. Hilton died some short time ago.
Margaret Ethel Cobham, Lydiate Lane, Eccleston, was married on Saturday last in Eccleston Parish Church to Stoker Henry Sutton of Bretherton. Henry, William and Hugh Sutton used to live at Bridge-end Farm, near Sollom Lock.
Mr. Richard Iddon, Carr Lane, the father of Mrs. John Melling, Edie, Ronnie and Vera, died on Sunday evening after a long illness. He was buried at Tarleton on Wednesday.
Arnold Bailey and Dan Ball were amongst the lads who registered on Saturday.
Evelyn Johnson, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Johnson, Meolsgate Avenue, and Enid Pimblett, of Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, have both won County Scholarships this year and are both going to Ormskirk Grammar School.
Commander King-Hall M.P. is founding an Independent National Party in the Division stressing the need to continue the National Government for a few years after the war has ended. He thinks it will hinder true progress if we go back immediately to party factions.
Who noticed that our Issues for May 4th and May 11th, were both numbered 213? To rectify matters we have numbered this issue 218, although last week's number was 216. It is as well to keep a strictly accurate account of the number of weeks we have been running. So we are now well into our fifth year. Not a bad record!!

AC2 Freddy Coupe writes from Nassau "Just back after a glorious 18 days leave in the States. I stayed with relatives at Cleveland, Ohio, 2,000 miles from Miami, so all told I made a 4,000 miles trip. The first Sunday I went to the Cathedral, (it was St. George's Day) and as I came out with my relative a lady and gentleman stopped me and asked me if I had a Tarleton News Letter. They turned out to be the uncle and aunt of Jack Edmondson, who had stayed with them when he was in Canada. The terminal tower at Cleveland is 42 storeys high and on a clear day you can see Canada from the top. The Public Auditorium holds 18,000 people."
Dvr. John Caunce airmails from C.M.F. "Thanks very much for the parcel containing the Christmas cake and various other things. As you will see by the date it has taken a very long time to reach me (it was sent off from Tarleton last November 4th); but although I did not get it for Christmas as you intended, it actually came on my Birthday (May 18th), so we put all the candles you sent on it and used it for my Birthday cake and we had a thoroughly good time. Well I had a really good Birthday, and I am looking forward to the next one at home."
L/Cpl David Clark of St. Annes-on-the-Sea airgraphs from M.E.F. "I enjoy your N.L. which my Padre, the Rev. E.J. Forse, lets me have. In your Christmas number I was very much surprised to see my name mentioned; you will remember that my father served with you in France in the last war, also I was one of the very first members of the St. Anne's Parish Church Lads' Club which you started over twenty four years ago. (happy days!)
Troopers Ted and Alec Barnish airmail a joint letter under interesting circumstances. Alec begins "I was in our tent in C.M.F. on Tuesday morning cleaning my cigarette lighter when I heard steps behind me. I never bothered to look up to see who it was. So after about 2 or 3 minutes of silence I looked up and saw a chap at the entrance with a black beret on. Well, he was looking me full in the face all smiles, so I was just going to say 'Come on, out with it what are you after', when all of a sudden I spotted the cap badge. Well, Sir, I could have dropped. Who should it be but my brother Ted. This was the greatest moment of our lives. You can just imagine what we were both like at this particular moment. To me he has altered in features and in the tone of his voice, but then it is 4 years since we saw each other and since then Ted has been all through the jungle in the retreat through Burma. He looks fine and very happy. He was just passing in a scout car when he came across our Unit so he thought he would look me up.
Ted finishes the airmail thus "Well, rector, this is Ted. Alec wants me to finish this letter, but he seems to have told you everything. But it certainly was a happy moment for both of us. You can just imagine what a good time we both had, after having been through some tight corners in different parts of the world. The party we had went off fine; we had nothing but the finest to drink, brewed in England."
Lieut. Stanley Baldwin airgraphs from C.M.F. "I am still fortunate to be soldiering with my very good home Unit, and of course, with the 8th Army. We have been right on top during the past 12 days, and have definitely got the Hun beaten. I am indeed grateful for the regular arrival of the N.L. and the Magazine. The N.L. is indeed a popular affair these days and has certainly made its name a renowned one. I am sorry to report the loss of one of our mutual friends - Dennis Seddon-Brown - a great loss to us all. I hope to be seeing you in the Parish before very long now."
L/Cpl. Harlay McKean airgraphs from M.E.F. "Thank you for the faithful N.L. that never fails to turn up. In the last edition I notice that my brother Frank has put in an appearance again, and I also see my brother Dick was there as well. I am hoping to go on leave soon and see Dick at the same time. My kind regards to Frank and Dick, my brother-in-law Bill, Leslie Clarkson, Nick Dewhurst and Alf Rowland.
Stoker Jack Twist, R.N. writes "You will see that I am on dry land once again, and believe me it is good to see the sun again and to feel the rain and wind on your face after being inside a Submarine for a few weeks. Still I like the life and we have been a very happy crowd together. I am very sorry to say that I have not received any N.Ls for six weeks; still they could never have followed us where we have been. I cannot tell you any more, for, as you know, ours is the Silent Service. Will you please remember me to all Tarleton boys and girls all over the world.''
Dvr Jack Robinson writes ''We have a Padre here and a Padre's hour every week, and they are very interesting. We go to Church every Sunday and a nice little Church it is. If I could only tell you the name of it you would know it quite well. Remember me to my cousin Vera and to Arthur Harrison. We had a football team in a knock-out competition, and we won, so if Bert Price is still looking for some one to pull his team up, now is the time for him.
Pte Ken Robshaw writes from India saying "I was very pleased when I received two N.Ls numbered 201 and 202, and was more than pleased to see my name in one of them as this shows that letters are reaching you safely. I made enquiries the other day as to whether Dr. Herbert Croft was still at B.M.H., but was told that he had left for Poona. Please remember me to the lads, not forgetting Jack Walsh, Tom Rigby, Harry Price and the rest."
Gunner Ronnie Whiteside writes from C.M.F. "At night-time when we are on duty we have a very good pal in the trees just a few yards from our position. We have a nightingale to sit and listen to, and you can take it from me that this songster is a good pal especially when out on your post all night on your own. By the time this letter reaches you, you will have had your Whit-Sunday celebrations. Let us hope that next year we shall all be home to take part in them."
L.A.C. Tom Southworth writes "We are living under canvas - my first experience of tent life - and I find it very enjoyable. I think it makes one appreciate one's home country when there is a prospect of having it for a prolonged period, Close to here is an Inn where Dick Turpin is reputed to have stayed. It is a big place, at least as big as the rectory, and according to an old print inside, it was built in 1655 at a cost of £1057!!. 1 think it would show a little capital appreciation on a present day valuation."
Robert Bond writes "I am sorry I haven't had time to write letters to you lately, as when I did have time I had to answer letters from home and from my girl. I guess you will understand. Please give my regards to all the local lads and girls in the Forces, especially Chuck Wright, Bill Hudson, and the other Charlie Wright (Tabby Nook) and tell Chuck I am waiting for his letter which is overdue."
Gunner Harry Harrison writes "I am very sorry that I have had to be knocked off the pedestal of A.1 statue, for I am now B.2 on account of my feet, and I seem to get pushed around more than when I was A.1. Remember me to my two brothers-in-law Billy and Dick, also all my cousins especially Tom Rigby and Harry Latham in India. Good luck boys!"
AC1 Eric Ball, writes "I started my training with going to Scotland for 8 weeks disciplinary training. Whilst I was there I found out how valuable my A.T.C. training had been. Then I was sent to --- for my technical training. The work there was very interesting. I was passed out as an instrument repairer, and was posted to an aerodrome in Training Command. I am finding the outdoor life I am now leading is doing me good."
Dvr Tommy Sutton (Holmeswood Hall) writes "I could make this letter into a book only the censor prevents me, you know what they are, so you will excuse me for this short letter. At present I am doing a bit of storeman's job and mechanic as well as driving so I am kept very busy. Very strange in the Army, but we have got to the stage when we have to put all our weight into the job. The lads grumble, but they surely enjoy the life. My best regards to the people of Tarleton and all the lads and lasses in the Forces."
Leading Seaman John Coulton R.N. writes from his ship "I had to leave the Destroyer (worse luck) with a recommend for service in big ships only, through my health, which appears to be unsettled again (overstrain maybe) for out of my seven and a half years' service I've spent, roughly, no more than six months in depot, so I'm not doing so badly."
AC1 Leslie Clarkson (Bretherton) writes "I am here on an Electricians Course for 18 weeks, and I'm very busy with night school and 'gunning' up. Will you, please, remember me to my pals who are in the Forces, home or overseas, to Harley McKean, John Ball, Jimmy Jackson (Tich), and Robert Iddon. Also to everyone else from Bretherton and Tarleton."
Sgt. George Almond writes "I have to thank you for having sent me the N. L. so consistently during the whole time I have been abroad. I am glad to say that I am feeling very fit and well, and, of coarse, to be in England once again is indeed a treat in itself, apart from the congenial surroundings."
LAC Harold Pilkington writes "I had a letter from mother, and she told me you had been speaking to her, and she gave me a gentle hint, about writing to you, which does not do me any harm at all. I like my new station very well, and it is far different from the previous ones. Please convey my best wishes to my brother Ronald M.E.F., also to Harry and Ronnie Iddon (Royal Marines and Navy, respectively.)
Cpl. Billy Bridge writes "There's nothing much 'posh' to tell you but what you know. As for describing my ---, well, its out of the question. Thanks for the N.L. which is as good as medicine to my pals and myself! Remember me to all everywhere and convey my thanks to the Bible Class for their gift."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes "I am sure we all thank Mr. Latham for his very nice letter. Its always grand to know that all at home are thinking of us. I was very sorry to hear about the death of your brother. I know that you must be thinking that now you are all alone; but not so, sir, for we are thinking of you just as you are of us. We only hope and pray that God will give you the great pleasure of seeing us all come home."
AC Maurice Haskell writes "You certainly must get round quite a lot to get all the news for your N.L. This week I have passed all my Final Exams and also my air operating; so I shall now be Sgt. Haskell, instead of AC2. The course here has lasted close on 26 weeks, which at times have been a right bind, but I suppose it is the same wherever course you go in for. Last week in the N.L. I noticed that Alan Jay wished to be remembered to me so, if there is any vacant corner in the future I would like to return the same. Also David Hanson, Ken Dandy, Fred Bentham, Eva Foulds, remembrance to them all. I don't know if the Cook-house side of things interests you, but when we went into breakfast this morning the cooks, mostly W.A.A.Fs, had a grand surprise waiting for us. At first we thought we had got into the Officers' Mess, for we had Kellogs Corn Flakes, and real eggs and kidney. The Orderly Sergeant had to keep his eyes open for the second timers, me for one."
Pte Harry Woosey writes "I am now stoker in the Cookhouse; I have 11 fires to look after. I start work at 3 o'clock and go on till 11a.m. Then the day after I start work at 11a.m. and go on till 5.30p.m. So you see 24 hours off every other day, plus 36 hours at the week-end, and an increase of pay of 3d a day extra, plus another 3d a day rise; not too bad. Remember me to all the lads and lasses wherever they may be, also to my brother-in-law Eric Booth, Nick Taylor (Crash), Gorse Lane, who also worked with me at Alty's.
Pte W. Seddon writes "Just a line to let you know that I am back again in the Army. I hope that I shall still be able to receive the N.Ls as they are so important. I only hope that the war wiIl soon be over so that we can all get home for good. I was very sorry to hear of the death of your brother."
Ken Robshaw sends the following verses from the Indian Jungle where he has been for some considerable time.

Do you, at home in England,
Think of the lads abroad
Who have to fight the dirt and heat
As well as use the sword?

Do you know just how he suffers
Amongst the dirt and flies,
Which leaves to mental torment
Until the day he dies?

Do you know the hell he lives in
Upon India's sunbaked plain,
Which often makes him wonder
If he'll see Home again?

Do you know what he's there for?
It's obvious, can't you see?
He's there to guard the British Flag
That makes the Empire free.

Brain Busters.
Can you work out the following "Brain Busters"?
1. Fill in the missing words, which are marked by dots, in this verse. All the words are of six letters, and all in fact contain exactly the same letters of the alphabet to form different words.

Not gold, nor pearls; nor ......e'er can heal
The ...... they, whose lives are barren, feel.
Who ...... his small talent, will have spurned
The happiness that ...... folk have earned.

2. "If you take the ages of my three daughters in years" said the R.S.M. to his batman, "and add them together, the total is exactly my age.
"Really", replied his batman.
"Not only that," the R.S.M. went on, "but if you multiply them together the result as 420."
"Really," answered his batman, "And how old are they?"
"That's just the trouble," said the R.S.M. "I can't for the life of me remember."
Nevertheless before he had finished polishing the R.S.M.'s buttons the batman had given him his own age, and the respective ages of his daughters. What were they?

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