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June 29th 1944
No. 221 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear Boys and Girls,
First of all let me say how pleased we all are with the good news from all the Battle Fronts where you are doing so well and fighting so bravely. We are on our knees praying that God, of his goodness and mercy will protect you and bring you safe through it all.
As was to be expected my letters from you this last fortnight have been few and far between. I am looking forward to a shoal of letters that I know you will be sending directly the transport is available for a more regular passage of mail. However those few from whom I have received letters during this close period have enjoyed longer extracts from their letters.
I have received some very interesting replies to my request for your views about post-war life; All that I have received so far stress the need for a national return to God, the source of all true wisdom and understanding, the only true Guide to direct our hearts and our thoughts in the right direction. It is so obvious that without Him we can do nothing that the wonder is that we have not before this seen our mistake in relying upon our own unaided efforts. The King's address, General Eisenhower's leaflet to the troops, General Montgomery's exhortation to those under his command, all show how fully this is realised in high places, and that while their leadership, your courage and fine soldiering, and the impedimenta supplied, such as aeroplanes, ships, guns, tanks etc., count for much, yet they are as nothing worth in comparisan with the might of the God of Battles. Our help is in the name of the Lord - are words pregnant with great and very clear and true meaning.
Again with my love, my prayers and my Blessing,
ever your faithful friend and comrade,

Mrs. Nicholson, Kearslay Avenue, mother of Ernie and Ken, died in the Southern Hospital, Liverpool, on Monday after an operation. She was 47 years of age. Her husband died nearly two years ago.
Edwin Gore, R.A.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gore, who used to live in Hesketh Lane where Walsh's now live, and now live at Penwortham, has been killed in India. He was about 23 years of age. ,
Frank Foster writes home to say that he met Fred Forshaw in Bombay where they were both on leave.
Walter Ashcroft, of Rufford, is in Italy in the same Unit as Sid Ball so they often get the chance of a pow-wow.
George Bamford, of Bretherton, who works for Forshaw's Confectioners and Fred Burns have both been for their medical. Fred Burns A.1.; George Bamford rejected for Army on account of his size.
The Misses Rene Hague and Sally Baybutt have volunteered to act in the honorary capacity as Secretaries to the local (Tarleton and Disitrict) A.T.C. Flight.
The new rector of Rufford is to be the Rev. Edgar Smithies, who is at present Vicar of St. Mary's Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle, near Burnley. The present rector of Rufford, the Rev. Ernest Steinly, is, as reported in the N.L. a few weeks ago, going to Bretherton.
Mrs. Ann Barron, widow of the late John Barron, father of John and Daniel etc. who lived at Eyes Lane, Bretherton, at end of Carriage Drive, died in Preston last Thursday and was buried at Bretherton on Monday. She was 79 years of age.
Young Mrs. William Sutton (nee Joan Wilde of Hoole) has received a letter from her husband (William Sutton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sutton, Blackgate Lane), who was taken prisoner-of-war by the Japs at Singapore, saying that he is well and working, has received no letters but Red Cross parcels are coming through.
Ken Nicholson obtained short leave to attend his mother's funeral.
William Whittle, junior, Hesketh Lane, joins up next Thursday. He is going to an Infantry training school,
Dorothy Rimmer, of Carr Lane, has been awarded the Tarleton Scholarship for this year. She hopes to go to the Harris Institute Preston.
Jimmy West, who is a Bevin Boy in the coal mines at Newcastle on Tyne, has been home on a week's leave.
Mr. Dick Procter, of Carr Lane, is selling his bungalow and is going back to Nelson.
Accident at Burscough canal bridge last Saturday morning. Motor lorry coming up the hump bridge. Steering gear broke, causing lorry to swerve into Packet House Hotel. A boy on bicycle was knocked down and killed.
Rufford Tea Party on Saturday. Procession with Band, sports on field.
Quite a number of local men who so far have not joined any of the local National Services, have been conscripted into the Home Guard.
Interschool Sports Competition held on Hutton Grammar School ground last Wednesday. Southport, King George V G.S. won with 30 points; Hutton G.S. came next with 24 points; Preston G.S. with 23 points. Preston was first in long jump of 19ft. 8 ins.
Miss Josephine Keane, who is in the N.A.A.F.I. has volunteered to go overseas, and has passed her medical for service abroad.

Corpl. Tom Tindsley writes "The News letter is still as popular as ever and gives us just that extra link with home and friends which we need when away. You know, of course, the close association of Tommy Parkinson with myself and the rest of my family, so the news of his death came as a great shock to us. He was a grand fellow in every way, and his loyalty to my mother after my father's death was a great blessing. He was a real friend and we had come to look upon him as one of the family. Tarleton has lost a noble citizen, quiet unassuming, and most true. With regard to your letter on the front page, much as I welcome new attempts at social order, Beveridge Plans, "Homes for All" and the like - all very good and acceptable - I think we shall fail just as miserably as before unless we can accompany these with a sweeping change in our own methods. Schemes of social security, welcome as they are, are futile in dealing with the root problem of life and the selfishness of the human heart. As you so often point out we must put first things first if we are to build on a firm and sure foundation for a lasting peace. Best wishes and God speed to all my friends and to all the readers of the N.L."
Cpl. Bert Price writes "I can't tell you anthing about my work, but we do our share and are helping quite a lot in the second front. Please tell Jack Robinsan that I've not much time for football these days, but I've recently won a 2 mile race which is quite good for a married man against the single young lads in our Regt. and if it came to a push I'd get a team to wipe the floor with Jack's team. Please remenber me to all the heroes at Home and Abroad, and lots of luck to my brother Harry, also Dick Burns and Jim Leacy, and all the old gang of previous days. I wish I could have been at the Tea Party at home, but I am glad you had a good time.
A.B. L.T.O. Frank McKean writes "Here is the Silent Service No/1. again. I now give my own impression of what the second front looked like a few hours after the first barges had landed, and also the part this ship took in helping them to make it a success; for it surely was one. First of all France, as I saw it for the first time, - a long golden beach with two towns on the edge. They were then looking fairly intact, but by night, through the glasses they looked rather different, for during the time from our first arrival until dusk it was one continual bombardment, helped along with bombs from a sky full of planes of every kind. Ships and planes were uncountable, and never for a moment did the movement on land, sea or air stop. We have the satisfaction of knowing that the big guns of the ---- gave Jerry a headache he will never get over; his armour was smashed beyond repair. You ask for suggestions from us re the New World after the war is won. My idea is very simple and a few words will give it. It is for a Universal, common Understanding plus Common Sense in the way of reaching it. Remember me to my brothers Dick, Harley and Bill, and before I forget I should like to say that at least one N.L. was in the Second Front."
Dvr. John Caunce airmails from C.M.F. "You asked me if I had my photograph taken would I send you one. I have had one taken, and not for a minute would I miss sending you one. I sent it to you about three weeks ago. I got them taken in the street, as you will see we are in our working clothes because we had gone out on a Saturday afternoon to fetch a waggon that had broken down. You will see the breakdown waggon in the photo. We could get plenty of ice cream out here but we are not allowed to as the ice and water that the people make it from cannot be classified. I have sent another lot of photos with your Birthday present which I got when I was in Egypt. I will not tell you what it is, but I would liIke you to take it to Church the first Sunday after you get it. Remember me to all the boys and girls.

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