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October 12th 1944

My Dear Boys and Girls,
My personal letter this week must of necessity be somewhat longer than usual because I want to explain the enclosed questionnaire.
When you have answered the questions and I have got the replies I will then tabulate them all. Then the minute the local authorities begin to talk about building houses I shall go along and say, "There are so many Servicemen who need houses, and a proper proportion of those who intend to build must be earmarked for them". The same thing will apply to the jobs that are going. I shall do my best to work up public opinion so that the Serviceman gets fair play even though he is not here to make himself heard. I do not deny that munition workers and others have been doing a grand job, but they have not been risking their lives, nor living in the utmost discomfort, and they will be on the spot to make themselves heard. They will also have plenty of money to pay fancy prices for land and houses; they will also be demobbed first and therefore will be ready to pick up all the best jobs. Well, that's where I come in, to see fair play all round. So help me by filling up your forms and sending them back to me without delay.
Of course I wasn't ordained to look after your bodily welfare, but after all, the Master, whose servant I am, healed the sick and tended the unfortunate. But I must not finish without a word on higher and more essential matters, so I will just quote the words of St John "He who loveth God, loveth His brother also", but please note that one has to love God first, and loving God means worshipping Him.
With my Love, my prayers and my blessing,
Ever your affectionate old friend,
L N Forse

Home Front News:
William Abram, of Tarleton Moss, has bought Whittle's bungalow and greenhouses at Holmes.
Mrs Jane Parkinson, Blackgate Lane, was married last Thursday at Ormskirk to Mr John Hunter, the Tarleton Postmaster. It was a very quiet wedding, no guests and no reception.
Jimmy Johnson, son of Job Johnson, who used to live in the wooden bungalow in Carr Lane and went to our Church Schools, was killed in Italy on September 17th. He was 24 years old, was in the Guards, and was well over 6ft in height.
Walter Southworth's dutch barn at Rufford caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Ormskirk and Tarleton NFS called out, and both were early on the scene. They managed to put the fire out very soon and only one bay of the barn was destroyed.
The following appeared in last week's 'Fleetwood Chronicle' under the heading '25 years ago' - "September 24th, 1919. Permission was given to the Rev L N Forse. Assistant curate, to erect and army jut as a temporary dwelling in Derbyshire Road". The Rector was demobbed in September 1919.
Mrs Vickers (nee Margaret Sherrington Stazicker), has presented her husband with a daughter. They already have a son.
George Caunce, Sollom, went for his medical last week and passed A1
On Leave: Edgar and George Wait (special from BLA); John Ascroft from BLA; Billy Whittle; Dick Rymer; Kenneth Nicholson; Ronnie Whiteside; All the schools are at present on holiday for a fortnight for 'prater piking'.
Josephine Kean is home on embarkation leave.
The infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Baldwin (nee Ruth Howard), Jenkinson's Farm, Sollom, was christened on Sunday last with the name of Joan.
Mr and Mrs James Howard, parents of Marjorie, have taken the house in Meolsgate Avenue vacated by Mr and Mrs Hugh Cross, who have gone to Bretherton.

Extracts From Letters:
AB Jack Marsden RN airgraphs from his ship "I am now back again in the tropics, but the rainy season is now on so the heat has not been up to its usual standard. Still, I think I am much better off than the lads based ashore round here. I do a lot of swimming when I get the chance. The job I've got now is Quarter Master. It is quite a different one to the Army QM. It is watch-keeping. Thanks for the NLs. As one of the lads in the next Mess says: ' The Tarleton News' as he calls it,'seems to get through when other mail doesn't'. Remember me to my pal Sid and all others in the Forces. Cheerio to all". LAC Walter Rawsthorne writes from France "I have travelled quite a lot out here and have seen a great deal of France and Belgium. At the moment I prefer Belgium. By the way this is a German writing pad, and filling one of its pages is like writing a book. I think it will last me for the duration, Have I sent you a photograph of myself for the Church? If not I will send one along. (No Walter, your cheerful face is missing, so pack up a photo and send it along). Give my best wishes to all the lads and lassies especially my pals Tommy Rigby, and Bob Barron".
AB Ken Dandy, RN writes from his ship "The other night I went ashore with two of my pals. As we were passing some cactus plants a nice fat turkey popped out about five yards in front of me. All three of us must have had the same idea at the same time, because we all made a dive for it, landed on top of each other, and all we got was a few scratches and a feather out of its tail. Anyway, we shall be passing what spot again shortly. Last week-end I went to see a football match between England and Yugoslavia. It was a first-class game and it took us four hours to get there, but it was still worth going for. It doesn't matter how cold it is out here for the flies, because they still hang around in hundreds. I'm hoping to be seeing Tarleton again soon - the first stop home, and the second stop the Rectory".
Dvr Tom Sutton (Holmeswood Hall Farm, Mere Brow) writes from BLA "We had a very nice crossing, and we also had a very happy welcome on this side. The people are all delighted to have us stay in their village. But if you don't know French which is the language out here, you are in quite a stew. Its either you teach them your English, or they teach you their French. I was very surprised to see in this new country that they use bullocks instead of horses. I would like to know the addresses of two of my pals, Bob Bond and Charlie Wright".
Pte Joe Power writes from BLA "At the time of writing I am 'Somewhere in Belgium'. What a comparison with Normandy!! The people are grand and will do anything at all to help you. I have been to various homes and have been given more food than I could possibly eat. When we left Normandy to journey here we were mobbed by the civilians showering us with fruit of all kinds. Please convey my best wishes to Will Melling, Royal Navy, and all I know in HM Forces".
Dvr John Caunce writes from CMF "I cannot give you any news except to say that I am keeping quite well, and always looking forward to the day when I shall be back in my old haunts once more. I am glad to see that you are doing something for us all when we return, for which we are all most thankful. I am also glad to see that you are Chairman of the Committee, as I know that you will see that everything possible is done for the lads who are fighting for their country. I am i/c night watchman and I have four civilians under me for the night. I think that someone has only to tell Hitler that 313 will be still on his trail wherever he goes, and he will down tools".
Pte Robert Edmondson (Hesketh Lane) writes from Ireland "I received a NL and a Parish Magazine yesterday. They were both very welcome. You would be surprised how a Newsletter keeps one in touch with village affairs. The training here is fairly tough. All the lads used to say that Tarleton was a dull place, but it would surprise some of them if they were to come out here. The nearest place of civilization is ---, and that is about like Sollom. I prefer Tarleton myself".
Gunner Tom Fazackerley writers: "We are very near the sea, but I cannot say that we are enjoying the sea air, for we have all got really first class colds. I had quite a time when I got back from leave. I arrived at about 11.30pm and found they had all moved, so I spent a lonely night on a hay-stack for a bed, and stars and sky for a ceiling. I made my way to the new camp the following morning, so everything was OK, I don't know who said that a rifle was a man's best friend, but I disagree by saying his bed is a better one".
AC2 Alan Jay writes "I am liking my billet here in --- very much. ----is a changed place this week with all the lights on. It has been just like day. I would like to ask you a favour. Will you put by a News Letter every week for Dick Harrison, of Kearsley Avenue, who is a Prisoner-of-War in Japanese hands. I feel sure he would like to know what has been happening in Tarleton all these years. My best wishes to Harry Latham (India), Harry Woosey, David Hanson, Maurice Haskell, and all the lads and lassies".
Pte Will Seddon writes "Once again I am on the move. Last week when I wrote I was in Wales; this week I am in Yorkshire".

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