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August 24th 1944
No. 229 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear boys and girls
Well!! the news is good; very good indeed, and it really does look as though I am to be wrong about my prophesy concerning the length of the war; and, for once I am very pleased that I was wrong.
What this good news does imply, also, is that if we are to lay any kind of foundation for the new world we hope to see arise from the debris of the old pre-war one, we must delay no longer in making a start.
The post-war disasters of 1918 were largely brought about because the Armistice came upon us suddenly and we had made no preparations. We have learnt our lesson and we shall only have ourselves to blame if the same thing happens again this time.
And we must not forget that whether we like it or not we are body AND soul. We cannot get away from that fact, and while making all preparations for a better material life we must also be equally diligent in making preparations for a better spiritual existence. Otherwise we become one sided, incomplete, and unable to function properly. And if we do not function properly trouble is bound to be in store for us. Think this out when you are arguing about the future of the world.
With my love, my Blessing and my prayers,
ever your affectionate friend,

Tarleton very quiet all week owing to Preston holidays. Garlick's and Foster's seemed to be the only shops open. Most people took days' outings.
Mere Brow and Holmes Horticultural Show last Saturday. Two marquees were erected in field opposite school, and the school also was used. Over 500 entries. Lady Scarisbrick opened the Show. Proceeds, which were exceedingly good, will go to the Red Cross. Nicholas Taylor (Holmes) was Chairman, Harold Ascroft, Treasurer; James Taylor, Secretary.
Hugh Hart, who drives for Tommy Ascroft, Mere Brow, and who now lives at Plox Brow, Tarleton, was taken to Preston Infirmary last Saturday suffering from appendicitis.
Ernie Nicholson was married on Saturday in Tarleton Parish Church to Doreen Butterfield. Bride in white satin with orange blossoms. Reception and Wedding Breakfast at Garlicks. Honeymoon at Ulverston. Ken Nicholson got 24 hrs. leave to be best man.

On Leave: Tom Spencer; Harry Alty; Edwin Crabtree; Ken Nicholson as stated; Henry (R.A.F.) and Margaret (W.A.A.F.) Moss; (Mere Brow); Maurice Haskell.
Nellie Rimmer, Church Road, Banks, was married last week at Banks Methodist Chapel to Wilfred Iddon, son of Henry Iddon, The Limes, Hesketh Lane.
Beryl Taylor, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Taylor, Hesketh Lane, and Celia Iddon, daughter of Mr. &. Mrs. Henry Iddon, Hesketh Lane, collected a great number of books, including their own children's books, and sold them on the roadside, on behalf of the N. L. Fund. They made over £2.10s. for which we all thank them.
Mr. James Iddon, father of Mrs. Cookson, drapers shop, Station Bridge, H.B. died last week.
All the Schools have re-opened after three weeks summer holiday, but they have another fortnight in October for 'prater piking'.

E.R.M. Dick Burns, R.N. writes from his Ship "I was sorry to near of the death of Mr. Dick Iddon, of Carr Lane . He was a great friend of my father and my brothers. Our Ship had the honour of making a record of Community hymn singing, which was broadcast last night (July 23rd) at 10 o'clock, so if you happened to be listening you will know that I was amongst them. Remember me to my brothers Jim, Tom, George and my brother-in-law Harry Forrest who are all abroad in the Forces."
Sapper Jimmy Harrison writes from B.L.A. "The countryside here is not much different from Tarleton except for the effects of the war. The people are very friendly and we get plenty of cigarettes and things such as hankies from the N.A.F.F.I. The grub is not bad, so taking it on the whole things are not so bad."
Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) writes from B.L.A. "It is a lovely evening as I write to you in the cab of my waggon. The N.Ls are coming through very regularly these days and I generally manage to get mine two or three days after they are posted. I had the luck to meet Bill Barker, of Tarleton, the other day. Our platoon had gone to the baths nearby and I saw him go in just before me. Things are going well out here, It certainly looks as though Hitler's 1940 pigeons are coming home to roost at last. Glad to read in the N.L. that so much thought and action is being devoted in the village for when the lads come home again, for it is not a thing that should be done in a slip-shod fashion."
A.B. Ken Dandy, R.N. writes from his Ship "At the present time I am in Italy, and the only thing to do in our spare time is to swim. The beach is crowded with Italians. Its just like Blackpool on a Saturday afternoon in the season. Every day is the same so I've been wondering how the Italians make a living if that is all they do in peace-time. In your next N.L., if space permits, please remember me to my brother Tom and my brother-in-law Bill Bridge, and all my pals in the Forces."
Gunner Philip Rigby airgraphs from S.E.A.F. "I have just returned to my unit after a spot of leave in one of the coolest places in India. I saw the mountains covered with snow. On arriving back I found six N.Ls and they occupied my mind for a good hour."
Gunner Ronnie Whiteside writes from C.M.F. "I am now out of hospital after having been in again with yellow jaundice. As we came up this way we managed to get a day in Rome to see St. Peter's. Please say through the N.L. that I wish the best of luck and a safe return to the boys who are giving old Rommel more than he bargained for. I have never in my life had so much fruit as I have had since I came to this country. My kindest regards to the Carr brothers, and to my cousin Ruby of the A.T.S."
Gdsn. W. Parsons writes from B.L.A. "About three weeks ago I met George Burns out here. We both joined up together and we were together for the first three months. I hope to meet him again soon. Thanks for the N.Ls. They do help us to know what is going on round home."
W/M Hubert Thompson, R.N. writes from his Ship "Leslie Tiffen from Chapel Lane, H.B. was aboard this ship until three weeks ago and I passed the N.Ls on to him to read. On Monday we went ashore for 48 hrs. and visited the Cathedral. We have been here since the first few days after the invasion and have seen all the troops and supplies going ashore. When we first came here we saw the feet bombarding the coast."
Padre E.J. Forse airgraphs from Tobruck, M.E.F. "I have a garrison Church here, but I have a great deal of travelling to visit isolated groups. I am interested on your comments on post-war schemes, a subject on which there is much discussion among the men out here. After my few years out here I shall be glad to see the green fields of England, and settle down to civilization for the first time since coming east. I am not under canvas, & it is quite a treat."
A.C.1. Clemmy (a friend of Tommy Parkinson who was with him when he was killed in Corsica) sends two airgraphs containing one letter. He says I feel that I know you personally although we have never met, for Tom used to taIk a lot about you. Tommy was a great friend of mine and a true character; everyone on the Squadron knew him. The civilians out here have been marvellous to the British lads. I promise that I will write to you again soon."
Dvr. Billy Whittle writes "I don't think you realise how much the N.Ls mean to me. When I was in the South we had some doodle-bugs. They had the sound of an old Ford lorry, and suddenly, without warning, the engine would stop. I was shaken out of bed when one dropped not more than 400 yds. from where I was sleeping."
Leading Seaman John Coulton (H.B.) writes "I am once again in hospital and have left my Cruiser for good. This is my third time in hospital during the past twelve months. After the nervous breakdown I had after my Norway experiences I've never seemed to pick up properly. Still I am not surprised. During my 7 1/2 yrs service I have spent 7 at sea, and have seen plenty of action."
Dvr. Robert Parkinson writes "I would like to ask you if you will kindly convey my best wishes to my brother Bill in France and a safe and speedy return home, also to my brother Jim in the R.A.F. and here's hoping that all those away from their homes will soon be back for good."
Bdr. Dick Blundell writes "The success of the landing of Gen. Montgomery's troops partly depended upon my Unit and I am pleased to say that we have been congratulated on our work. At that time we were only getting four hours sleep in each 24 because, as you will understand, our work had to be done perfectly. Remember me to Stan Quinlan, the Rowland brothers, J. Iddon, Gorse Lane, and all the rest of the gang."

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