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October 26th 1944

Overseas Edition of Special Christmas Number

Greetings from local Christian Leaders

>From the Bishop of Blackburn, The Rt Reverend Wilfred Marcus Askwith, DD, Bishop's House, Blackburn

My Dear Friends,
In a recent number of the NL I noticed that the Rector was getting a little apologetic about still calling you 'dear boys and girls'. I don't imagine you mind much, but you might mind if I did it. I hope you will accept the name at the top, and take it as meaning that though we are still strangers to each other I should like it one day to be a true description. And may that day not be very far off. I have lately been urging all parishes to follow Tarleton's good example and get in close touch with all who are away, and with their homes. The Church of England has not always got a very good reputation for being friendly, but that is what she is meant to be, and, please God, what she will become more and more. At any rate that is what I feel about it, and I hope when you get home you will help to make her so. We want you home badly, and are thinking of you constantly.
God bless you and those you love, this Christmas and always,
Yours very sincerely,


>From the Rev Francis C Harvey, (Newly appointed Roman Catholic Priest at Tarleton) Our Lady's Presbytery, Hesketh Lane.

Dear Mr Forse,
May I trouble you to convey to all the boys and girls in the Forces my sincere greetings for Christmas and the New Year. I pray that the Divine Infant of Bethlehem may bless and protect them throughout the Holy Season, and ever afterwards,
Kind regards,
Yours very sincerely,


>From the Rev Charles Moore, (Methodist Minister serving Tarleton and District), The Manse, Croston.

To the lads at the Front,
As minister of the Methodist Church, Tarleton it is a joy to be asked to send you a brief Christmas greeting. I can assure you that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. As a Church we count it a privilege to share in the cost of the wonderful "News Letter" which you receive regularly from the rector of Tarleton. Wherever you are, I hope the Festive Season affords you some real joy and blessing. Above all I pray for you a safe and speedy return to home and loved ones.

Yours faithfully,

>From the Rev Benjamin Oliver, (Newly Appointed Methodist Minister at Banks, Serving Hesketh Lane and Mere Brow Primitive Methodist Chapels).
The Manse, Banks

The Rev B Oliver, the newly appointed Minister of Banks and District, sends sincere Christmas Greetings to the men and women serving in HM Forces, and hopes to make personal contact with them in the near future.

>From the Rector of Tarleton
Tarleton Rectory
October 22nd

My dear boys and girls,
Last, but I hope not least, I come on the scene to send my very best Christmas Greetings. You all know that you are never out of my thoughts and my prayers. I pray that you may all have as happy a Christmas as is possible under the circumstances, and I think we can all rest assured that next year it will be spent, by the majority of you at least, in the peaceful, and truly Christmas, atmosphere of your own homes. May God Bless you all and preserve you to enjoy that happy day.

With my love, my prayers and my Blessing.
Ever your devoted old comrade.
L N Force

Miss Emily Johnson Cowburn, of Newarth Lane, H.B., died at Pinner, a suburb of London on July 26th and was cremated. On Saturday last her ashes were brought to H.B., and buried by the H.B. Rector, Mr Thorne.
Mr Henry Hornby, Fermor Road died last week and was buried on Friday at H.B. Churchyard. He was 72 years of age.
Mr William Peter Lee, better known as Jack Buck, of Bretherton died last week and was buried at Bretherton. He was 52 years of age.
It will interest many lads to know that when the Rector was in the South last week he visited Salisbury, Bulford, Larkhill, Tidworth and Amesbury.
Young Alec Wright, son of Alec Wright who lives in the bungalow near Cookson's shop in Hesketh Lane was knocked down by a passing motor and sustained very severe injuries, many bones being broken. He is now in Preston Infirmary, and too ill even for his parents to see him.
Mrs Holgate is leaving the Becconsall Hotel, and the Brewery Company which owns it have received 60 applications for the position of Landlord.
On leave: Hugh Melling, William Harrison (Holmes), and two of his sailor mates from his ship; Frank McKean, Ernie Ball.
Last Friday the Rector travelled from Euston to Preston with S Bd John Gallagher, of 11 Unity Street, Blackburn who said he knew Frank Taylor when he was a sailor at Plymouth. He would like Frank to write to him. Frank was a sailor, and is now a soldier.
Miss Spiby has left the Council School and the managers have appointed a Miss Butterworth, from Oldham in her place.
Mr Robert Latham has sold his bungalow at the top of Plox Brow to Mrs Hodson, of Tarleton Moss, for, it is rumoured, £1,400.

Mr and Mrs Latham are going to live in their own house next to Webster's Shop where the late John Harrison used to live.
John Thomson, Dandy's Farm, (opposite Webster's) was married last week at Banks to Alice Wignall of Banks.
Mr and Mrs Will Johnson are removing to Bamber Bridge, to a house left them by Mrs Johnson's Uncle. Mr and Mrs Joe Abram, who are living with Joe's parents at Cosy Bungalow, Blackgate Lane, are going across the road to occupy Will Johnson's house.
Ronnie Johnson, Carr Lane, has been discharged from the army on medical grounds. His brother Tom, who many years ago married a girl from Wigan and went to live there, has also been discharged on medical grounds.
George Caunce and Jimmy Taylor (next Chip Shop) have both lost their appeal and will be called up in due course.
Mrs Harry Ball, wife of Harry Ball (Lettuce) Holmeswood has presented him with a son.

AC Freddy Coupe writes from the West Indies "I still manage a swim occasionally, and I went again last week, and as per usual we collected many coconuts of all sizes and shapes. I have been spending a considerable time in our canteen, reading and listening to the radio. It's mainly the BBC we listen to, and we always have the news on it because it is a hundred per cent better than the American news we get".
Dvr Fred Bentham writes from BLA. "At present we are on our way through France. Everywhere seems to be pretty well bashed up, but otherwise it is OK. I have received no mail yet since I left England, but I know that the NL's will catch me up before long. Please remember me to all my pals in the forces".
Pte. Nick Taylor writes from BLA. "I haven't dropped across any of the lads from Tarleton on my travels, but, of course, there's plenty of time yet. Please give my kind regards to Noel Clark and Dan Stazicker. I had the pleasure of meeting Noel in CMF so I may drop across them again. I am glad to read in the NL that all is going on well in the village. It must be quite cheerful now the blackout has been lifted".
ERN Dick Burns writes from his battle ship "Thanks for three NL's I got yesterday. I was just about ready for them. I see in your 228 issue you put in an extract from me asking you how you had gone wrong in numbering the 213 issue. But you had already pointed it out in your 218 issue asking who had noticed it. I was just a little disappointed at your finding it before I was able to call you over the coals as you seem to be the only one who has room to complain with the lads not writing to you as often as you wished, so I was just trying to stick up for the lads by having one for you instead; but never mind, better luck next time. Give my kind regards to my brothers, Jim, Tom, George and Fred. My brother-in-law Harry Forest, and also to Burt, Hugh and Nick Melling and to all the lads and lasses".
Corpl. Harry Cookson writes from BLA "You will see that by my address that I am not in my old Regt. It took me quite a while to get used to this one after being with Lancashire lads for so long, but I am settled down now, and they are a grand lot of lads who have had to fight hard to get where we are at the present. Please send my warmest greetings to all the girls and boys in the forces, especially to my brothers in law Harry and Ronnie, and also to Jimmy Leacy, who, I am sure, will think I have forgotten him, but I have lost his address".
AC1. Dick McKean writes from MEF "Things are much the same out here; the weather is cooler and needless to say more comfortable. Owing to scarcity of mail I have not had any NL's for three weeks. Still not had the luck to meet any of the boys from Tarleton and District. Remember me to all in the NL especially my brothers Frank and Harley and my brother in law Will Abram".

Dvr Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) writes from BLA "I can't tell you what country we are in at present as we have been severely reprimanded for mentioning it in earlier letters. Anyhow I see from the NL that I am not the only one from Tarleton in this particular country. We get on very well with the farmers around here. I am one of seven sleeping in a small barn adjoining a cow shed fairly comfortable if you don't mind the smell. We have all got wooden beds; they were some that Jerry had ordered from a firm here, but didn't have the time to collect, so they have come in handy for us".
Gunner Philip Rigby writes from SEA Command "I have been back in action for quite a while now and have been very busy in the jungle. I see Will Ellison mentions my name in the NL and wishes to be remembered to me. Please return the compliment. You also mention Stanley John in the NL. Stanley's cousin is here with me and we have many a chat about our village. Remember me to all the Home Guard and to all the boys and girls serving at home or abroad".
Sub-Lieut Bob Iddon, RNVR, writes from his base in the Middle East" Since last writing we have come back to base where I was pleased to meet Tom Dickinson and Bob Rimmer of Holmeswood. I should see more of them now as we are undergoing repairs. I suppose that you are receiving plenty of letters now on the views of the boys on the White Paper. Everyone seems to look upon it as a fair means of demobilisation. It is a long road yet before we can finally say that the war is over".
Stoker Jack Twist, RN writes from his submarine "I shall probably be staying on this submarine for a long while now; we have a good crew and a good Captain, so we are all very happy together. I don't think I have much chance of getting the Berlin medal, but I hope to have shot at getting the Tokyo medal. My best regards to all the boys and girls in the Forces, and to all at home".
Dvr Dick Taylor, Mere Brow, writes from BLA "I have filled in your question sheet, but I don't think I shall come under you scheme as I live outside the boundary. I thought I would write while conditions are favourable to correspondence. It is raining cats and dogs outside, and I am sitting in a comfortable farmhouse kitchen writing this. I wouldn't mind stopping here for the duration, but I don't think that will have to be".
L/Cpl Ronnie Iddon writes from overseas "You will see that I have been promoted from Fusilier to Lance Corporal. I went to see if I could find Bill Wright last Sunday but they told me he was on leave. It was good exercise walking about 10 miles, but as you will know, that is nothing for an Infantry man these days. He walks miles and miles and thinks nothing of it. Remember me through the NL to my brother Harry, Fred Bentham (Chunky), Fred Burns, Harold Pilkington, and all the other boys and girls in the Forces whether in England or overseas".
Dvr Robert Bond (Mere Brow) writes from BLA "I have not been fortunate enough to meet anyone I know although there seem to be plenty over here. I apologise for not writing sooner. I keep putting it off for a day and it amounts to weeks. Please remember me to all the local lads and girls in the Forces".
Artificer Jimmy Sutton RN writes from ship "I am aboard a very comfortable ship and not too far away to get some leave, but when that will be granted is another matter. I have been receiving the NLs regularly until I came here, but I have not received any since. I would like to be remembered to all the boys and girls".
Sapper George Barker writes from BLA "We are getting more Church services here than we ever did in England. The Padres seem to be looking after us very well. One item in the NL was rather under estimated. According to the papers Hoole Show was classed as the largest one day Show in Lancashire, and made £1,756 for the Red Cross. I think the NL put it down as just over £1,000, but perhaps someone had only given you a rough estimate. (Quite right George, I telephoned the Secretary and he said I should be safe in saying it was over £1,000. Accounts had not been settled when I wrote that NL). I would like to be remembered through the NL to all my friends in the Forces".
Pte Jack Parker airgraphs from SEAC "I hear I have a new bishop in Liverpool a Dr Martin. That is all I know about him. Finding faults with bishops is an old Liverpool pastime, as you are aware. The partial demob. plan seems to be as fair as possible. The increase in pay is not before time. Lord Louis has promised repatriation after 4 years. Everything in the garden seems rosy. My greetings to all Tarletonians".
Leading Seaman John Coulton, RN (HB) writes from his ship "I have come out of hospital and got seven days leave, but didn't get as far as your place. I have managed to get recommended for 2 months shore services, so it looks as though I cannot be exactly medically fit even now. I have been receiving the NL pretty regularly during my stay in hospital. It is nice to know all the local news and the different lands our lads are parked in, with the same cry as myself 'there's no place like Home'".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA "For the past four and a half years the NL has never once failed to reach me. The nights are long now and we are in a position where we cannot go out, so we get into our holes early. As you know by your own experience this life certainly gets you down. I shall be glad when it is all over and I can sit by my fireside again, yes, and be able to take my clothes off once again".
Leading MM Arthur Procter, RN writes from Ceylon "I am afraid that I have very little to tell you apart from our very nice Church Service which we hope to have next Sunday. We only have them once a month as we are very busy indeed, being coastal forces, but we make time for them. I have had five NLs since I last wrote and have been enjoying them very much.
L/Cpl Harry Hindley (Moss Lane) writes from BLA "Thanks for NL and the questionnaire. I am in the happy position of having a settled home and a job to return to when my turn comes along, and my only worry is when will that be. I have travelled about in France and Belgium quite a lot and have seen interesting sights, but would gladly exchange the lot for the view shown on the NL. I have always made a point of visiting Churches and Cathedrals, and what lovely buildings they are! Quite a lot have been damaged unfortunately. Every good wish to you and my old friends at Hesketh and Tarleton".
Gunner Nick Taylor writes, "Today is Sunday and the boys have managed to scrape a football team together to play the regimental team. I hope they give them a good licking. It is not quite the way I like to spend Sunday but one needs a change in these quiet spots. I have been moved to the Black mountains of --, and I've no doubt that if you have been here you will agree with me they are rightly named. It seems to do nothing but rain. We all got a good ducking while on firing practice at the range".
Gunner Aspey writes "I see most of the Tarleton boys are overseas now' I have been lucky enough so far to stay on this side, but one never knows what will happen in these days. I am twelve miles from the nearest town and my nearest station is --- one of those places where only certain trains stop, so you will have a good idea what it is like here".
Gunner Harry Harrison writes, "I have been admitted to hospital with chest trouble, also slight stomach trouble. I have been in nearly five weeks. Since I have been in hospital I have seen two specialists, but they thought I was still fit for the Army. Remember me to my two brothers-in-law, Dick and Billy, all my cousins and pals, and may the day be not far distant when we all return to Tarleton".
Rfn Charlie Wright (Chuck) writes "I am once more down in England after a very long spell up in the north of Scotland. I was getting a real 'Scots mon'. Here we are away out in the wilds as usual. It has done nothing but rain since we came here. Remember me to all my pals in the Forces, especially Robert Bond, Charlie Wright (Tabby Nook), Tom Sutton and Will Hudson".
Dvr George Wait, who has come back to England on duty, writes, "It is nice to be back in the old country again, and I never want to see France again as long as I live. We hope to get 10 days leave soon, so I will be seeing you. When I was in France Bob Hull of the CMP was on duty near our billet. I saw him every day until he moved. We are still busy here, but it is better driving on these roads than in France. Remember my to my brother Joe and also Bob Johnson (Hesketh Lane)".
ACW Pamela Fairey (Hesketh Lane) rites, "As you will see by the address I have now been posted further south and am an hour's tube journey from London. My work consists mainly of typing which is a change from that which I was doing at my last station. It is proving quite interesting and will probably be more so when my knowledge of same becomes more extensive. Thanks for NLs which help me to keep in touch with friends at home and in the Forces".
Dvr R Noble (Rufford) writes, "In answer to your questionnaire, I am only 21 and am not married, so I don't think I shall need a house for a year or so. I used to work for Richard Manchester as second man on the wagon".
Pte Harry Woosey writes, "I was glad to see in the NL that Ronnie Whiteside has been home. I would like to be remembered to him. He worked at Alty's with me. Tell him I said it was a long time since he played 'Evensong' on his accordion. He will laugh. Remember me to all the lads and lassies and return the compliment to Alan Jay".
AC1 Edwin Barron writes, "We are having entertainment in a big way now. The London Symphony Orchestra is at this very moment performing in the Cinema. Classical music just doesn't register with me, but there's a big crowd there tonight. We do very well in the way of Cinema and ENSA shows, and apart from its place on the map, I can find no fault with this camp. But, of course, compared with most of the others, I'm as good as on the doorstep even here".
Trooper Jeffrey Wignall writes, "I am still at - and very busy, but the weather is very bad. We still have the 'warnings' fairly often, but we have been very fortunate not to have anything on the camp. I still receive the NL every week and enjoy reading it. It generally has a tour round the room when I have finished reading it".
L/Cpl Arthur Worth writes, "I have been all over the place lately, and have been through Preston twice on convoy about 12 days ago, so near and yet so far from home, but we have to smile at these things in life. I have not met any Tarleton lads since John Caunce was here. The weather up here has been very changeable, rain, with the sun trying to break through. Sunday was just like a midsummer day".
Pte Will Seddon writes, "I have just completed the questionnaire and am sending it back to you. I am glad to say that I am feeling much better. Remember me through the NL to Harold Aspey".
Dvr Dick Blundell writes, "As you will see I am once more at school, but I find it much more difficult than I used to when I was under Mr Waterhouse, whose teaching, I might add, has been very valuable to me (of course I did not realise it at the time), but I can see it clearly now. The day I left Suffolk we were visited by the local Vicar. I showed him a copy of the NL and he was immensely impressed. I let him have my copy on the understanding that I should get it back the following Sunday. As I shall be here for the next ten weeks I thought I had better let you know as I don't want the NL to be delayed".
Sergt Maurice Haskell, RAF writes, "I am now stationed at a Pilot's AFU (Advanced Flying Unit) and am quite enjoying my new life and the surrounding district. At the moment I am doing a fortnight's ground duty consisting of Navigation, Meteorology and revision in general; after that we will be flying both Oxfords and Blenheims, both by night and day. The first week I landed here my pals who were posted with me, twelve of us in all, felt very strange because we were the only Air Wireless operators on the station amongst all the Pilots, but we have found out that they are a good sort. And we are all pals together now, after so short a time.

1) A man had less than 100 pounds notes in his pocket. When asked how many he possessed he said "If I divided the number by 2,3,4,5, or 6, I shall always have just one over. How many notes had he in his pocket?
2) A woman found £2, and she then had three times as much as she would have had supposing she had lost £2 instead of finding that amount. What had she originally
) The following is a "Word-square"...
You will see that whichever way you read it, down or across, line by line it makes the same word.
Make a Square word of each of the following, filling in the right letters for every 'x'
You can also make square words of the following: - Metal, Erase, Taste, Astor, Leers, and Wing, Idea, Neat, Gate. Make some up for yourself, you will find it interesting.
4) Why is the letter O a noisy vowel?

In Lighter Vein
"Henry lost his fortune the year he was married".
"Poor chap, how did his wife take it"?
"Oh, a thousand here and a thousand there".

Mistress; "Why are you leaving, Bridget? Something private"
Bridget; "No, mum, a Sergeant"?

He; "Last night I dreamed I married the most beautiful girl in the world.
She; "And were we happy"?

Waiter: "How did you find your steak, sir"?
Diner: "By perseverance. The little devil was hiding under a fried chip, but I tracked him down".

He: "Your late husband was my best friend. Could you let me have something to remember him by"?
She: "Well, I was his greatest treasure".

Tourist: "Have any great men been born in this village"?
Native: "No, sir only babies".

Father: "Why does Sam Brown always get higher marks than you"?
Son: "Well, you see, Dad, he comes of a more intelligent family".

It was Christmas Eve and a bright frosty moonlight night, with a sky flecked with a few snow clouds. The Rev Allen Esrof, Rector of the delightful village of Notelrat, after a busy day, sat quietly reading, and smoking an occasional cigarette in his study. Suddenly he remembered that he had not made all ready for the early Service next morning. Although nearly midnight he put on his boots and went across the fields to the Church. He finished his job and went down to the main West door to switch off the lights. The moon gave sufficient light for the Rector to see his way up the centre aisle. Casually glancing at the large east window which contained a large picture of St John the Baptist in stained glass, he was startled to see the Saint lift his right arm three times and point to a place somewhere in the field behind the Church. Almost immediately a passing cloud obscured the moon and the Church was thrown in complete darkness. Striking a match the Rector made his way outside the Church through the vestry door. He went round to the east end and looked up at the window from the outside. His mind was somewhat relieved when he saw the branches of the large tree immediately behind the window sweeping the glass as the wind blew them backwards and forwards. He set off home across the fields, his mind still on the fright he had got. Half way across the open field he turned to have a last look at this east window. This time he really did get a shock. Hanging from a branch of the tree was what looked to him like a scarecrow clad in white. Being a brave man he returned back across the field to investigate more closely this strange apparition. As he came close to it the ghostly scarecrow still hanging to a branch of the tree, lifted a spectral hand and again pointed to a spot in the centre of the field. Another cloud blowing over the moon once more hid all from view. The Rector went home a thoughtful man, but on Christmas afternoon, having nothing else to do till Evensong, he went to the field to investigate. He must have spent well over an hour probing the ground with a long iron rod when, to his great satisfaction, he touched something that was either iron or stone. He at once fetched a spade and began to dig. He was amply rewarded for his efforts for about four feet down he unearthed a very rusty iron box. He took it home to the rectory, and after some trouble managed to prise it open. Out fell a quantity of coins of all sizes. After Evensong he sat up once again till midnight, this time cleaning and polishing the blackened coins with spirits. They were coins of the time of Queen Anne, minted, as a small letter E indicated, at Edinburgh, and stamped with roses and plumes indicating English and Welsh silver in their composition. They were of considerable value. Ignoring the right of the Crown to 'treasure trove' he took them to an old friend who dealt in old coins and received in exchange a considerable sum of money. He would not, of course, dream of using such money for himself. It was obvious to the Rector that the box was the Church Poor Box and that someone had stolen it in those far off days and hidden it in the field. To the poor the money must go. He had many very deserving poor in his parish and only the Sunday before Christmas he had appealed to his congregation to subscribe liberally to a Fund he had started to help several very urgent and necessitous cases. The subscription list was actually on the table in the vestry. On arriving home with the money he had received, £53, he went straight to Church and deposited it in the safe which was in the vestry. Turning round he saw the subscription list still on the table where he had left it. He took up a pen to insert this new and unexpected addition to the Fund; wondering for a moment how he should word it. Glancing at the paper he saw to his amazement that the amount, yes, the exact amount, had already been filled in, and opposite the amount, in a crabbed and elongated hand was written 'At last! St Matt.v.26. For years the Rector had been fond of studying the old documents which were kept in the parish chest. This enabled him to recognise the peculiar writing at once. It was that of a parish clerk who held office from 1705 to 1710, and who, as a record of the latter year stated, was dismissed for dishonesty after a trial in the Diocesan Consistory Court. The parish chest was at hand and the rector immediately verified the handwriting on the subscription list with that of the records kept in those far off days by this dishonest servant of the Church. As the reader will probably not have his Bible at hand we give, for his convenience, the words of the Text referred to, Matt.V.26 They are: - "Thou shalt by no means come out thence till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing".
Chinese Sayings
When a word has escaped the lips you cannot take it back even with the help of ten pairs of horses.
It is easier to visit friends than to live with them.
In order to understand your parents you must have children of you own.


No man would ever dare say to a woman what her mirror says.

There is one thing a man can always count on - his fingers,

Self-made Man: "I came to London without shoes on my feet".
Friend: "And I came without even a shirt on my back".
Self-made Man: "How's that"?
Friend: "I was born there".

Friend: "You and your sister are twins, aren't' you"?
He: "We were when we were born, but now she's fifteen years younger than me".

"When a man's in love he can do the silliest things".
"Has Charles asked you to marry him at last"?

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