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October 19th 1944

My Dear Boys and Girls,
In these days whenever I go away over the week-end, which is very rarely, I have to take my typewriter with me so that you can get your NL in good time. As this is only the second time I have done this it stands to reason that this is only the second week-end I have spent away from Tarleton since May 1940 (see Statement over the Church). However, here I am at Bournemouth, typewriter and all, I have come here to wind up my late brother's affairs and leave for London on Tuesday. Look out next week for the overseas edition of the double Christmas number, containing also the Christmas Card. I am sending those to all, and will issue another one nearer Christmas for the few Tarletonians still in England.
Well, I must not make this letter too long but I would like the name of your Chaplains if you could give them me in your next letters. It will help me considerably in writing my account of Tarleton's part in this war. Also, please send me any interesting items that you think should be included. I will docket them all and if possible, use them.
And don't forget, wherever you are, that the Catechism says very plainly that Holy Communion was given us 'for the strengthening and refreshing of our Souls', so be sure to go with humble contrite hearts and be strengthened and refreshed in your spiritual life, I pray that you may all come back complete.
With my earnest prayers for you all, and of course, my love,
Ever your affectionate friend,
L N Forse

Home Front News:
The Rector is writing this week's NL at Bournemouth, whither he has gone to wind up his brother's business affairs. Passing through London he called at House of Commons and saw Commander King-Hall, whom he is seeing again on his return to London. The Commander is helping the rector a good deal in his efforts for Tarleton lads. Most of the 'Home Front' news this week we owe to the kindness of Mr James Forshaw who has sent on to the Rector at Bournemouth an account of happenings in Tarleton during the past few days.
A fire broke out last Thursday at Bob Hill's, Fleetwood Farm, North Road, Bretherton. Damage done not stated.
When the Preston Infirmary collection box at the Cock and Bottle was opened last week and was found to contain £25.10s. A record!!
One of the land girls employed at the Ram's Head Farm, named Beryl Edge, lost two of her fingers when bashing turning last week.
Mr Harry Ball of Hesketh Lane was married last Thursday at the Methodist Chapel, Tarleton, to Mrs Tom Latham, better know as Hester Ascroft. About 80 guests were invited. Quite a village 'event'.
Mrs Jimmy Hodgson, Moss Lane, has presented her husband with a daughter.
For the first time since the beginning of the war, evening classes are to be held in Tarleton Church Schools. Boys and girls are eligible to attend.
Nearly £200 a month is being subscribed by Tarleton people for the Welcome and Welfare Fund for the lads when they get home.
For the 10th year in succession the Rector has been appointed Chairman of the Tarleton Council School Managers.
A man from Hesketh Bank has written to the Lancashire Daily Post to say that 'Eskit Bonk' is the most bombed village in Lancashire.
If you have not filled in the answers to the list of questions sent with last week's NL please do it at once and return it in the stamped or OAS envelope enclosed. It will help the Rector in what he is trying to do for you.
Last Sunday the Rector preached at St Katherine's, Southbourne, Bournemouth at the Church of which his brother was Vicar for 25 years. All the Services at Tarleton were taken by the Rev A R Parsons, Curate of St Cuthbert's Preston.
The Mothers' Union have given the Rector £22.10s, towards the NL Fund. It was half the proceeds of their Sale of Work which was held in the Schools a fortnight ago. We all thank them for this gift.
Only single line traffic over Bank Bridge while they are repairing the double breech made by American lorry. Portable robots at either end to direct traffic, with red, amber and green lights.
Extracts From Letters:
Cpl Fred Forshaw writes from Jhansi, India, to say "As you probably know this is the trigonometrical centre of India, and temperatures of 125% are the rule from May to August. I have just been reading the Parish Magazine which arrived this morning and I see that its 21 years since both of us came to Tarleton. I also notice that you are in your 64th year, and it set me wondering how long it will be before you give your bones a rest. If I were responsible for your future well-being I should have you live to 100, both for my sake and for young Roger's (his son). I see some Arabic proverbs in the NL. I think the one I like best is 'I thought I was a poor man because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet'.
L/Cpl Frank Timperley typewrites from his Guards' Batt.HQ,BLA
"I had great pleasure in seeing George Burns about 4 years ago, and have seen him 3 times since - we are so close to each other. George Burns and I think that its going to be a fight for your medal for the first in Berlin - between just our two selves! I hear that Nicky Melling is just behind our lot, about 100 miles, so he will have to get a move on. The NLs arrive every week without fail. I should think that it is the only paper from any town or village to get anywhere near Germany, and before long I hope it is actually in Germany. One person I would like you to remember me to via the NL. It is Bert Barron, as neither of us seem to get time to write to each other. I suppose you heard that we were the first troops in Brussels, so we can really call ourselves liberators. They actually had hundreds of cases of John Haig's whisky in the Palace of Justice. This place was burned by the Germans before they left but the Gestapo had left all their spirits and wines in the cellars, so you can tell how hard we were chasing them.
AB Jack Marsden, RN writes from his ship "I am now back again in a certain port where there is nothing worth going ashore for as the place is mostly made up of palm trees and Indian and native shops which sell almost anything. I must say you can get a good few things here that you couldn't get for love or money back home, and one thing is plenty of tea. I sent a couple of pounds home, so I should imagine that they will be having quite a few cups of 'stand easy' tea when they get it. My kind regards to Sid Ball, my old pal, Reg and Tom, Bill Harrison, Bob Hull and Eva Foulds, WAAF".
2nd Radio Officer Jack Waters writes from his ship "We have at last reached the first decent part of our voyage. The third and I went to the Church here on Sunday and it was just like home, as nearly all the people here are British. I had a letter from my brother, Jim in India and he said he was receiving the NLs alright. Things have been pretty quiet this trip apart from a few annoying subs. My kind regards to Jack Hodge, and Arthur Proctor. I have just received your Christmas card for which I thank you very much". (Jack Waters's letter was written on Sept 4th 1944, and the Christmas Card referred to was sent to him in November 1943. So it has done some travelling. This year's Christmas cards will be sent off next week),
Sgt Sandy Laing, Royal Marines, writes from his ship". Life is very quiet and uneventful just at present, but between a game of darts, cards and letter writing, and of course, work, time on board passed very happily and quickly. But news is very short. So I just send a line to thank you for everything you have done for me and assure you that I have not forgotten you".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA "The 2nd, as you know, have been moving some just lately, and when at last our mail caught up to us we all had a pile of letters. It is grand to get the news from home and to receive the Parish Magazine. Well the war will soon be over and we shall be home, and I am sure we will come to our Church to thank God for all that He has done for us. We are getting some poor weather here, just like winter, but as you know, this country is always damp".
Dvr John Caunce airmails from CMF "I hope your Harvest went off alright. I think it will be the first time you have ever preached at your Harvest at night, unless I am mistaken. (No, you are not mistaken, John, and I did not preach this year, although I was present at Evensong, Mr Morris Vicar of St Cuthbert's, Preston, preached).I only hope that I could be there; anyway you can always rely upon me when I get back. We had a load of sea-mail today, but there was not anything for me. I wonder where all my parcels have got to. I have not had one for three months now. Give my love to all at home".
Dvr Sam Iddon, Hesketh Bank, writes from CMF "Once again I am back in the forward line and doing a fine job of work; most of the mains are out of order so it's our job to see that the boys never go short of water. I see by the NLs that there are a few Tarleton lads out here in Italy, but I have not had the luck to see any of them.

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