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No: 240
November 9th 1944

My Dear Boys and Girls,
You will expect me, from time to time, to seize the opportunity of this front page to speak a few words concerning my primary job, which is, of course, the welfare of your souls.
The reason why God is not worshipped as He should be is because we do not know Him as revealed in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. One cannot really love anyone one does not know, and know intimately. And such knowledge does not come suddenly. The very best way to know a person is to work for Him. This, too, is the best way to know God. Love and Service always go together. We no sooner love a person than we want to say "What can I do for you"? Love and service are reciprocal. God so loved that He gave. He gave His only begotten Son. We give service - God gives Love. We give Love - God is ever ready to serve us. "I am among you as one that serveth", said our Saviour, who was indeed, very God of very God. Of the first miracle at Cana of Galilee it is reported "the servants which drew the water knew". They knew because they were serving God, and to know God is to love Him and to love Him is to serve Him. Or if we put it the other way round - to serve God is to know Him, and to know Him is to love Him.
With my prayers, my love and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate pastor,

Eric Wright, Tarleton Moss was married on Saturday at Ormskirk, to Joyce Greenwood, Moss Chapel.
Mrs Jack Coulton (Surrey), nee Jane Moss, has presented her husband with a baby girl.
Mrs Matt Sutton came home from Sharoe Green Hospital on Saturday after undergoing an operation. She is doing well.
The Home Guard held a great Hot-Pot and Farewell Party last Wednesday evening in the schools. Col. Wright; Major Chadwick; RSM Samson, were present. A splendid concert followed with excellent conjuror and ventriloquist.
Jimmy Taylor (opposite Church) is going down the mines.
Nurse Johnson's car ran into James Forshaw's car in Kearsley Avenue. No one was harmed.
Lieut Johnny Hague, RNR is home on leave for a few weeks in order to sit his next examination.
Alan Jay, RAF has passed his test for a Bomber, and is now home on leave for seven days.David Hanson is also on leave after a few more flying trips over Germany.
The Rector would like to have a line or two from the following lads who have not written for some time: - Bill Ellison; Billy and Tom Harrison; Sid Ball; Arthur Croft; Ronnie Melling; John Moss; Robert Howard; Harry Forrest; Howard and Dick Gabbot.

O/S Walter Ascroft writes from Egypt "It is quite a change out here from being in England. I am doing Guard Duty at present it gets pretty hot in the daytime when you have got to stand in the sun for four hours at a time. I spend a lot of my spare time swimming as it is the only way one can get away from the flies. Remember me to my uncle Thomas Harrison, my cousin William Harrison, also to Thomas Sutton and all the other boys and girls in the Services".
Pte Ken Robshaw writes from India Command "Well things are just the same out here, plenty of heat and insects and dirty Indians walking about. I am back in hospital once again, but shall be out shortly as I have quite recovered from my accident and have passed a medical board with the result I am graded A1".
Pte Ronnie Sergeant writes from BLA "I am writing from a back line town in Holland to which we have drawn out of the line. This is our first decent rest since we came to the continent. All cinemas and theatres are requisitioned for the entertainment of the troops. A member of this Unit is a man named Ted Dix. Some years ago he worked at Taylor's, Bridge-end Farm, and was very friendly with Nick Forshaw and Bob Alty. He wishes to be remembered to them, and all his other friends in Tarleton".
Telegraphist John Webster writes from his Signal School "You will see by the address I am no longer on board the 'Inconstant' but am at a Signal School. It seems quite strange sleeping in bed instead of a hammock each night, and food cooked ready to sit down and eat instead of the job we used to have on board getting our food ready ourselves, and above all getting our mail each day instead of once a month. Remember me through the NL to John Sutton, Bert Fawke, and Commander Caunce, and all the other lads and lassies in the Forces".
Sapper Herbert Parkinson writes from BLA "I am writing this beside the stove of a farm house where we often get a cup of fresh milk, and at one place we got farm butter and eggs. We have met some grand people while overseas, but I think the best of them all are in Holland, the country I am now in. Remember me to David Hanson and John Pickervance and all the boys and girls in the Forces at home and overseas".
Fusilier Arthur Barron writes from BLA "As you will see I have changed my Regiment from the Loyals to the Royal Scots. They do no seem to be a bad lot so far. We do a lot of marching with the bagpipes, but I don't like the kilts, and never shall. I am keeping a good look out for my brother Bob, or anyone else I know. Give my best regards to my brother Bob, BLA and my cousin Bert Barron, CMF, and all the boys I know".
AC Henry Moss, British Troops in Iceland, writes from that cold spot "After much trotting up and down England, Wales and Scotland I have settled down to what may be a reasonably permanent address. On my arrival in Iceland I was billeted just outside the main town which was far better than even I had expected; well lit up at night and shops full of anything you want - at a price. However the roads are in a dreadful state, due to the ground being composed of lava dust. The country is very bare with very little grass and practically no trees. The hot springs piped down to the town give a constant supply of hot water for heating and the baths. There is certainly a blatant air of artificial prosperity about the main town, which one feels doesn't really belong there at all".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA "I think these countries (France, Belgium and Holland) are even more religious than we are. Every morning I hear the Church bell ringing at half past six. This country is damp enough without it always raining. I cannot tell you exactly where I am, but the weather is terrible. Remember me to my brother-in-law Nick Forshaw, also sister-in-law Vera, and Harold Aspey and to all at home and in the Forces. To them all I say 'keep smiling and it won't be long now'".
Dvr John Caunce writes from CMF "You say in your letter that you are having your car done while you are away at Bournemouth. I am only sorry that I am not at home, then I could have done it myself. Anyway I hope to be able to do the repairs when I get back. In my last letter I told you I was playing football for the Company on the following day. Well, we won 4-2, so just let John Spencer know I am still in my old form".
Sapper Eric Abram writes from CMF "We are having plenty of rain over here which makes it much tougher for the boys at the front, who are certainly doing a good job of work. All the fruit over here is gone, but anyway I have had my share out of it. Some of the boys and I are eating roasted chestnuts, a thing I never thought of in England. Remember me to all the boys wherever they may be".
Pte John Smith (used to live at White House, Sollom, with the Henry Bridges) writes "It gave me great pleasure to receive the NL, and the Christmas Card. I am improving from my illness and hope to be home in the near future. I am very pleased to see that the people of the parish still keep in touch with the boys in HM Forces. It makes a chap feel more happy to know that he is not forgotten".
Cpl Jimmy Sutton writes from CMF, "I have received quite a few NLs during the past month. I think that the most interesting news I have for you is that I spent two hours with my cousin Robert Howard (Grenadier Guards) whom I had not seen for years. You can probably guess what was the main topic - Home, especially as he had only left Blighty six or seven months ago. He had just spent seven days in Rome, the lucky guy, and was looking very well indeed, I don't know how they work leave out here, but my last one was in 1942, at Beynouth, Syria. We are now in the mountains, and don't we know it; what with rain and cold. Remember me to Abraham Wright and Jimmy Burns, and all in the Forces".
Cpl William Bridge writes from BLA "As usual, I am still seeing plenty of wonderful sights; also plenty of the other sort, but taking it all in all it is not so bad. I've never met anyone I know lately, so tell George Burns I am still looking out for him. My kind regards to my brothers-in-law Tom and Ken Dandy, and also to Dick Sephton".

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