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Approx July 27th 1944
No. 225 - Issued weekly since May 1940

Dear Boys and Girls,
As you will see from the last paragraph of the Home Front Extracts, I did intend to make this a double number. But I have been far too busy this week, and so I will give extracts next week from all the letters which have had to be held over. Well, things are looking up! When I was a prisoner of war in 1918, I knew that Germany was rotten to the core. The Army was in secret revolt, although the people in England did not know this. It was as well they didn't or they might have slackened their final effort. It now looks as though history were repeating itself, and if so it behoves us to give a good pull, a long pull, and a pull together, and over will topple Germany, and probably Japan at the same time. We, in England have much for which to thank God Almighty. In our darkest days we put our trust in Him, and we were not forsaken. I only hope that in the days to come we remember this and also remember the words of our Saviour "Apart from Me, you can do nothing". How true they are!! With my love, my prayers and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate brother in Christ,

Arthur Stanley Johnson, of Marshside, Southport, was married, on Saturday afternoon, in Tarleton Parish Church, by the rector, to Elizabeth Hannah Bamber, of Kearsley Avenue. Robert Bond. of Hundred End, was married on Saturday afternoon at the Methodist Chapel, to Alice Harrison, Wesley Houses. Reception and wedding Breakfast at Garlicks.
Irene Hague and Sally Baybutt, helped by the younger Sunday School teachers, held a Garden Fete on the Rectory lawns on Saturday, Rufford Band in attendance, Morris Dancers and Maypole, a real gipsy telling fortunes, many side shows including Aunt Sally, large attendance. Mr. Edward Ashcroft, editor of the Ormskirk Advertiser, accompanied by his wife, opened the Fete. Proceeds which amounted to £78 for the N.L. Fund. We all thank these good energetic workers.
Last Friday afternoon Mrs. Askwith, the wife of the Bishop of Blackburn, spoke to the mothers and wives of all those serving in the Forces of what should be done to help their menfolk when they return home
On Friday evening the Rev. Ernest Steinly was inducted as the new Rector of Bretherton.
The local A.T.C. lads are going to camp at Chester sometime in August. The finals in the Home Guard shooting competition for the silver cup which the Rector of Tarleton presented to the Battalion last year, took place at Shevington last Sunday afternoon. Five companies competed. D. Coy. (Penwortham) came first with a score of 349, and E. Coy, (Tarleton) came next with a score of 345. So the cup goes once more to Penwortham. The rector was present at the shooting, and again presented the cup to the winning team. The C.O. (Colonel Wright) gave £1 to one of D. Company who got "bulls eyes" with every shot.
It is interesting to note that Jacky Hague and his pals who were picked up by the Rodney after being torpedoed three years ago and taken to Iceland have presented that famous vessel with silver candle sticks for the Altar of the Ship's Chapel. The Rector did not know this until he read Frank McKean's letter this week, extracts from which are given in this issue. Philip Barron senior is making the house he used to live in, in Hesketh Lane into two houses.
Mr Rawlinson who was Drill Instructor to the Tarleton Flight A.T.C. is in Preston Infirmary and has had an operation for an abcess on the appendix.
Tom Forshaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Forshaw, who is at the School of Technology, Manchester University, came second in his final examination last week. We congratulate him upon this notable success.
When the Rector and Members of his Bible Class were at the Tower Circus last Monday, a girl who was riding on the top of one of the elephants, fell off. The elephants stampeded, mauled the poor girl with their trunks, and backed into the audience. The girl was rescued, taken in an ambulance to the Blackpool Hospital, and latest reports say she is doing as well as can be expected. After the incident the Show went on as usual to the end.
The Rector has received so many letters from the lads this week that he has been unable to give extracts from over thirty received. Next week he hopes to give another double number when all these letters will receive extracts. He has been far too busy to give a double number this week. Stanley Taylor (Sim Cookson) Mere Brow, fell off his bicycle last Saturday and was taken, unconscious, to Ormskirk Hospital. He is still very seriously ill.

Sapper Abraham Wright, sends from the B.W.E.F. "Once again my new address is France, this time to stay. It's Jerry's turn to run now. I've got a few souvenirs he hadn't time to take back with him, and I'm hoping to be bringing them to the best place on earth HOME. Give my best wishes to all my brothers, especially Jim and Bill; also to Joe Wait - he and I had some great times together in the early days of the war".
Corpl. Jimmy Burns writes from B.W. E. F. "Once again I am settled down "somewhere in France". It is like old days to me, this baga of guns banging all around. With a bit of good going we should all be home again by Christmas, and what a day that will be. Remember me to my brothers Dick, Tom and George, and my brother-in-law Harry Forrest, and all the boys and girls in the Forces."
Cpl. Jimmy Wright R.M. (Abraham's brother) writes from his ship.
"You will understand why I am writing this on land; we have come here for a rest, so you can see how well things are going. It will not be long now before the final blow is struck. The lads are short of nothing. The French are very good to us and make us welcome. We give the children our chocolate and sweet rations, and they do enjoy it. The only boy I have seen from near home is Bill Iddon from H.B.. I didn't know him very well but we had a good talk about Tarleton and H.B. I had two N.L's one the fourth day after D. Day"
Dvr. Robert Bond (Mere Brow) writes from B.W.E.F. "The mail is coming through O.K. once again; a letter means such a lot to anyone who is away from home, especially when there's not any sign of getting home for a long time. Remember me to all in the Forces from Tarleton and district including my friends in Croston, they know whom I mean. I don't know how they get to see the N.L's but someone takes it to the Factory each week."
Cpl. Will Bridge writes from B.W.E.F. "So far, so good, everything out here is going nicely. Did CPL. Jimmy Burns tell you about meeting me. As you can imagine we had quite a surprise seeing one another as it is four years since we have seen one another. I am settling down very well in France."
A.B. Frank McKean, R.N. writes from his ship " I said I would let you know from time to time my own impression of the second Front, as I see it from day to day. A day or two ago we were wanted to make it clear to Jerry that he was not wanted in a place he fancied, so over went the 16" bricks, and over went Jerry. Today he received another notice to quit. I learned a short time ago that in our Chapel on board there are a pair of silver candlesticks given to the Rodney by Jacky Hague and his pals, who were picked up by the Rodney when their ship was sunk by the Scharnhorst, as a token of gratitude to God for being saved. Yesterday, after we had been shelling Jerry we received a wireless from ashore saying "Good work Rodney a splendid job". I will say Goodnight Tarleton, and God bless you all".
A.B. Will Ball R.N. writes from his ship. "At the moment everything is very quiet on board. After my visit to Hospital it was very nice to get back to all my pals again. Before I go any further I must thank you for the N.L's that keep arriving so regularly". L/Cpl. Frank Foster airmails from India "I can give you no news of Eric Hind, as he has been on leave for the past four weeks. Perhaps you would give my kind regards to all my friends, especially Tom Tindsley, Harry Price, via the N.L.? "
A.B. Ken Dandy R.N. writes from his ship, "I've seen most of the countries around the Mediterranean, but there is no place like Tarleton. I'm doing a bit of Commando Training at present, swimming, route marching and rifle practice every day. Its good to have oranges, peaches, ice cream etc. again, but you need a small fortune to live out here. Remember me to my brother Tom, brother-in-law Bill Bridge, Hubert Thompson, Tom Dickinson, and all my other pals".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from B.W.E.F. "We had a nice service of Holy Communion. There were not many of us there as we were busy at the time, and only one could be spared from each gun, but I went. We were under a big apple tree with a haystack by the side, but I enjoyed it very much. I have not seen Jack Robinson since I last wrote to you, and I may not see him for some time. We have just got a new address, it is B.L.A., which means British Liberation Army so please take note of it".
Private Jack Parker airmails from India "I am in dock getting over an attack of jaundice. A very laughable thing happened in our ward. Next to me on one side is an Irishman, and on the other side a Scotsman. I was trying a jig-saw puzzle and the Scotsman told me - in broad Scotch - that half the pieces were missing. I still went on toying with it, so the Scotsman, thinking I had not understood, him, said to the Irishman "Tell him what I said, Paddy, he doesna mollum" (mollum is Hindustani for understand), so I had an Irishman translating to an Englishman for a Scotsman. My greeting to all Tarletonians".

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