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August 17th 1944
No. 228 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear boys and girls,
First of all, here is a little advice for the lads. If you are married and have children write home at once and tell your wife exactly what you want to do for the children when they grow up. Then, should anything happen to you the Ministry of Pensions will see that your wish is fulfilled up to about £75 a year. If you desire them to go to Preston, Hutton, Ormskirk or the Park Grammer Schools, or to be properly apprenticed write and tell your wife. I have just had a case of this kind and there was no difficulty whatever simply because the father had written to me and told me exactly what he hoped to do with his children. But the Ministry only pay for the kind of education the father intended his children to have had, had he lived.
Now to another matter. By this time you will all have made friends of every shade of thought and upbringing. I would like you to discuss with them what part they think religion will and should (two very different things) play in the years after the war. Then write to me and let me know more or less what is the (1) general opinion, (2) opinion of those who really do think for themselves, (3) your own personal opinion.
Your considered answers should be a great help to me and probably to many others. You have an exceptional opportunity to find out the general train of opinion, and you will be able to help people like myself very considerably.
With my love, my blessing and every prayer for your safety,
ever your affectionate brother,

Mr. Clifford Holgate, aged 38, husband of Mrs. Holgate the Licensee of the Becconsall Hotel, hanged himself in the Hotel Cellars on Wednesday while his wife was away on holiday at Southport. Inquest verdict: Suicide while balance of mind was disturbed.
A Rufford lad named Ronald Heap, aged 10 years, of Larcot, Liverpool Road, fell into the canal at Town Meadow Bridge, Rufford, on Tuesday while fishing and was drowned. A fish had just been caught on the line so probably he was getting excited. Inquest verdict: Misadventure.
The rector visited the A.T.C. who were in training at an aerodrome in the midlands, on Wednesday. All the lads had gone up flying. The rector then went on to Bournemouth to wind up his brother's affairs, and returned to Tarleton on Saturday, via London.
The First Mere Brow Horticultural Show is to be held next Saturday, and Lady Scarisbrick has promised to open it.
Little Colin Dandy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dandy is in Preston Infirmary. They were just setting off for their holidays when he was suddenly taken ill and rushed off to the Infirmary. He is just a little better at the time of writing this.
Mrs. Smith, the second wife of Mr. Tom Smith, who lodges at Thompson's Farm, opposite Webster's shop, died suddenly on Sunday morning. She was buried at Preston on Wednesday.
The Rev. Mr. Barton, Methodist Minister at Banks who serves Mere Brow and Hesketh Lane Methodists, has written to the rector, "You can now safely announce that I am due to leave here at the end of this month, and am going to Brownhills, near Walsall. My successor it to be the Rev. B. Oliver, from Peel, Isle of Man."

On Leave: Arthur Worth; Edwin Hodson; Robert Parkinson (48 hours); Raymond Coupe, with his fiancee, who comes from Nottingham; Fred Bentham; Arthur Barron, George Farrington.
Preston Holiday week this week. Large number of people away mostly at Blackpool, but a good few have gone to Wales.
The son of Colonel Bustard, who lives on the New Road, left to join the Royal Navy on Sunday.
A Bungalow at Holmeswood caught fire; Tarleton and Southport Fire Brigades were both telephoned for. Tarleton, under Company Commander Harry Hodge, won the race and had put out the fire, which was considerable, before Southport arrived.
Mrs. Howarth, the wife of the Manager at Tarleton Mill, was on holiday at Bispham with her husband and daughter, and while walking along the sea front was struck by a piece of shrapnel from our own guns which were practising, and subsequently died from her injuries. The Inquest has been adjourned.
Little Barbara Barlow, sister of Hazell, had a small sale the other day on behalf of the News Letter and raised £2.15s. for which we all thank her.
Mrs. Harry Iddon (nee Ellen Sephton, Gorse Lane), is in Preston Infirmary for observation.

Dvr. George Wait writes from B.L.A. "I am now in the same Company as Edgar, and in the land of wine and frogs. For myself, I do not think much of France, but we have to put up with it. We are living in tents and getting quite good food. Edgar and I usually go for a swim at night. Remember me to all the boys and girls, especially Ronnie Iddon, Fred Bentham and Bob Johnson."
Pte. Ronnie Sergeant writes from B.L.A. "My Battalion has certainly made a name for itself over here, and one that will be long remembered. I am writing this letter in my truck which we built up as near as possible to a home from home caravan before leaving England. We have bins, shelves and cupboards round the sides, and each has a personal locker for our private use. For meals and writing there are two tables which fold up. We sleep under tarpaulins rigged up at the sides of the truck. And we have bought a car radio, so we cannot grumble."
Sergt. Hubert Tindsley airgraphs from C.M.F. "I was thinking how disappointed we should be if you missed sending the N.L., and some of us deserve to be left out for not writing to you. Things out here are very interesting these days, but the further we push up the boot of Italy, the harder seems to become the fight. Out here I hear nothing but praise for the Infantryman. They are the unsung heroes of this war. Give my best wishes to the lads and lassies of the big family circle."
E.R.M. Dick Burns writes from aboard his ship "The N.L. dated 4/5/44 was numbered 213, and the N.L. dated 11/5/44 was also numbered 213. I failed to see how it came about, but the N.L. dated 25/5/44 was numbered 215, and it should have been 216, according to my reckoning. If I am wrong point it out to me, but I have checked up on each issue for the past twelve months." (Well, Dick, you have me there. But I will myself look it up and let you know the result in a later issue. But I think you are right and the numbering is one behind in each issue.)
Dvr. Fred Carr airgraphs from M.E.F. "I am receiving your N.Ls quite regularly and am enjoying every line of them. We are back again getting plenty of training and spit and polish. I don't like it a bit. Remember me to all the boys and girls in the Forces."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from B.L.A. "There is no doubt that we have got Jerry on the run now. Its terrible, however, to see all the houses and farms wrecked and the dead horses and cattle. Our Padre took a Service for us on Monday night. He cannot tell us why the mistletoe grows on apple trees as it does in abundance out here, and I thought that you could enlighten us." (All I can say, Arthur, is that mistletoe is a parasite plant, i.e. it grows and feeds on other plants. It grows on apple trees, poplars, limes, maples etc. and sometimes on oak. The berry is made into bird lime, Most of the mistletoe sold in England at Christmas comes from Normandy, and a little from the apple orchards of Herefordshire. When I was a boy I used to climb the trees in Windsor Great Park and gather it. It was forbidden to do so, and my brother and I were often chased by the Park Keepers, which made it more worth while getting it.)
W.R.N. Muriel Hind writes "There are only three Cinemas here, plenty of Cafes, shops and hotels. We have our own Cinema in the hotel, tennis courts in the grounds, dances in our own ballroom and a good library. I have met a girl friend of Dudley Caswell's. She told me that Dudley had met a Q.A. Nurse who lived in Tarleton out in India, so I gathered that it was Norah Pearson."
Gunner Tom Fazackerly writes "The farmers have started cutting corn and we have started catching rabbits. I have got two young ferrets just waiting for the word ' go' . They are the only two left of a litter of 8. I am proud of my own breeding. When I was called up I never thought l should be breeding ferrets in the Army. I should think we are the only Unit that has. We have been pestered to death with small black harvest bugs."
AC2 Freddy Coupe writes from Trinidad "I have now left the millionaires paradise and I'm glad in many ways because I was ready for a change. Trinidad is now my home, but I am afraid that I do not think much of it. It has one or two advantages, but more disadvantages. The food is very good indeed. There are mosquitoes, scorpions and snakes here."
AC2 Henry Moss (Mere Brow) writes "I am expecting to be doing a considerable amount of moving about for the next few weeks. My future whereabouts are very uncertain. I have now left London and am back again at an aerodrome in the midlands."
Pte. Harry Woosey writes "We have had lovely weather here and I have been playing Cricket for H.Q. today against the Home Guard. Please give my kind regards to all the lads and lassies wherever they are."

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