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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
August 31st 1944
No. 230 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear Boys and Girls,
As far as I know we have Tarleton lads on every theatre of war except Southern France. Of course some of you who are writing from C.M.F. may actually be fighting on that Front. If so, as soon as Censorship regulations allow it, I should like to know.
We have quite a number of lads on the Indian and Burma Fronts and as to the High Seas, it would be difficult to find an area of any size without a ship on which is a Tarleton lad. The same may be said of the huge expanse of the skies if we substitute aeroplane for ship.
I think I can say with certainty that for its size Tarleton stands very high on the list of contributions in manpower that it has made to H.M. Forces. Few towns or villages can show a greater percentage of its population serving away from home.
When you get back you will have earned the right to be the leading citizens of our village. Are you preparing yourselves to assume the great responsibilities that such leadership entails?
Here at any rate, is a good thought for this week's billet-bed discussion. What part will the ex-servicemen actually play in the future life of our country, from Parliament to Parish Council?
With my Love, my Blessing and my Earnest Prayers,
ever your affectionate Friend,
L.N.FORSE.

Home Front News.
Last Sunday was Old Church Sunday. Parishioners spent a busy week, at night, doing graves up, and scrubbing stones etc. Good attendance at all Services. The Vicar of Banks preached at night.
Our village was saddened by the calamity at Freckleton where a low flying American Liberator crashed into the Infant School and killed 38 infants all about 5 years old. Some others were also killed including American soldiers. The Bishop of Blackburn, assisted by the Vicar of Freckleton and Non-Conformist Misters took the united funeral Service on Saturday.
Mr. Thomas Rigby, Church Road, opposite Church, died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon while working at Liverpool. He was brought home to be buried at Tarleton on Saturday afternoon. The rector took the Service. At the inquest the verdict was "Heart Failure".
Mr. James Lowe, Moss Lane, is very seriously ill. He is 39 years of age.
Mrs. William Coxhead, Sollom, has presented her husband with a baby girl. who is to be called Maureen.
Jane Moss, Holmeswood, was married on Saturday last, to Jack Coulton (Surrey) of Tarleton Moss.

On Leave:- Eric Bell, Ken Baxendale (embarkation); Alan Jay; John Rowland; Jeffrey Wignall; Ronnie Iddon (Hesketh Lane).
Arthur Dandy's boy, Colin, has now quite recovered from his illness.
Fred Burns, youngest son of Mrs. Burns, has been called up to the Army. This makes the fifth son of Mrs. Burns to be serving in the Army.
Tom Southworth is also at home on leave, and Eric Booth came home for 24 hours on Saturday, as he was on a course somewhere in Shropshire.

Left Over: A good many letters, especially those from lads in England have had to be left over this week owing to want of space. We will try and give extracts from them next week, very probably making a double number to do so.
Wilfred Parkinson, who married Beatrice Dawson of H.B., had a little daughter on Sunday last. Mother and baby doing well.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS.
Sgt. Nick Dewhurst sends a postcard from his P.O.W. camp in Germany, saying: "I am quite O.K. Everything is just the same here, sport and entertainment are quite plentiful, and Red Cross parcels are doing a magnificent work. Give my kind regards to Mr. Bailey and Staff".
A.B. Tom Dickinson airmails from his ship, "I got a letter from Bob Iddon of H.B., now Sub-Lieut Iddon, R.N. who is in the same Egyptian port as I am, but I have not met him yet. All the crew aboard look forward to the N.L's. Believe me they are very popular.
Bob Rimmer of Holmeswood has been in hospital with a broken arm and blood poisoning, but it is alright again now. We are still our flotilla champions, top-dogs, and we will do our best to stay there''.
AC1 Dick McKean airgraphs from M.E.F. "What a relief it will be to get where there are no flies! Mother tells me that you like the Turkish Delight which I sent home, so I am sending you some along. My N.L's come very regularly. I have had a letter from my pal saying that he is getting the N.L's and is delighted with them".
Gdsn. George Burns writes from B.L.A. "I suppose that this letter will nearly give you heart failure after all this time of silence. The N.L. was the first letter I got when I landed here. I have met Bill Parsons from Rufford and had a good chat with him, and I hear that Frank Timperley has been asking for me, but I have just happened to be away when he was around, so you might tell him that I will catch up with him before long, and tell the rest of the boys to keep an eye open for the Irish Guards Tanks and to ask someone for me, as they all know me here".
Pte. John Ashcroft writes from B.L.A. "It has been very hot here and we have all been very thirsty. Water is the most precious thing here as most of it has to be transported some distance to the various Units. I would Iike to be remembered to the Members of the Parochial Church Council".
Stoker Jack Twist writes from his submarine "You will see that I now have a new address. As you will understand there is not much to write about situated as I am. Please remember me through the N.L. to all the boys and girls away from the village, and may they soon be home again".
Dvr. Sid Ball writes from C.M.F. "Just a line from this end of the world. I have not met Dan Staziker again, but I think he is still near me, as I have seen a lot of the boys of his Unit around here. I am sending you a few photographs as I have had permission to say that we have been in Rome. Thanks for the N.L's which keep getting through alright".
Corpl. J.H.Sutton (Hesketh Lane) writes from C.M.F. "I suppose you are aware that my cousin Gds. Robert Howard, opp. Co-op, is in my own Division. I have corresponded with him, but have not seen him yet. We are quite happy, plenty of peaches, plums, pears, apples etc. A week ago I made a small portable oven out of an ammunition box. It proved to be worth its weight in gold, and in a few minutes time we are going to make short work of our eighth chicken this week, also roasted potatoes and apples. I see in a recent N.L. an extract from a letter from Lieut. Stanley Baldwin and I should be grateful for his address as we were at school together and he is in the 8th, the same as myself".
L.A. C. Walter Rawsthorne writes from B.L.A. "I am now safely in Normandy. I find the life much the same as in England. Here are a few impressions. First the terrible devastation of towns and villages, the thunder of guns from the Front, the graves and the still unburied bodies of both sides lying about dead. Then the lorry loads of German prisoners coming from the Front, the very bad French roads, and the terrible dust on fine days, and the equally terrible mush the wretched weather soon makes of it. So far no letters, but I am expecting the good old N.L. to win the race. My kind regards to Tom Rigby, and also Robert Barron".
Dvr. Bob Iddon writes from C.M.F. "We have been on the move ever since the big push started in May. I haven't had the chance to see Rome properly, but I did see it from about six miles away. I met Bob Jackson last week, one of my pals from Bretherton. Tarleton lads will know him because he played football against Tarleton School quite a lot.They will know him by his nick-name "Kelly". Remember me to all my pals in the Forces".
Leonard Ball R.N. (Boundary Lane), whose rank etc", we do not give because we do not know it, writes from his ship "I know almost every lad who writes to you, so I thank you very much for continuing to send the N.L's. My ship is a very small one, and not a great battleship, which I consider are the better ships to be on. remember me to all in the Forces".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from B.L.A. "Thank you for the N.L. which for the past four years has never failed to reach me. There is a lot I would like to tell you, but for censorship reasons I cannot. Remember me to Harold Aspey, my sister Vera, and my brother-in-law Nick Forshaw, and wish him success on his promotion (good work Nick! good luck and a speedy return)".
Pte Jack Parker airgraphs from Assam "I have had no N.Ls for some time, but when I become "static" again I can expect some. Last time I wrote I was in dock, now I am in a convalescent depot. In a few days I shall be going back to Dhubri. This depot is a good place, almst 7,000 ft up the Himalayas. No complaints at all, food, routine, climate, all good".


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