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No: 245
December 14th 1944

Special Christmas Edition for Home and BLA Forces, and New Year number for those further afield.

New Year's Greeting from our MP
(Commander Stephen King-Hall, MP)

Dear Constituents,
I am very glad to take advantage of the Rector's offer to send you a message of good cheer for the New Year.
When I was last in Tarleton I saw the best Flower and Vegetable Show I have seen for many a long day, and I also proposed the health of a sailor who was marrying one of the pretty girls from Tarleton.
You won't find the village changed at all, but I hope you will find a changed spirit in England when you come back. By this I mean that you people will be wasting your time winning the war on the battlefields, if we do not all make a big effort in this country to ensure that we will have a better and a new Britain as a consequence of our victory.
In the meanwhile, keep smiling, and if any of you would like to hear from me, just send me a postcard to the House of Commons telling me you are one of my constituents, and I will get in touch with you.
Yours sincerely,

Tarleton Rectory
December 14 1944

My Dear Boys and Girls,
Here is the double number I promised you. As you will see I have done my best to get in extracts from most of the letters I have received this week.
I thought that you would like to have a New Year's letter from your Member of Parliament, and Commander King-Hall most willingly obliged me. The sailor wedding referred to was that of Vernon Ogden to Emma Dandy, when Commander King-Hall, who was visiting me that afternoon, walked across with me to the wedding reception at Garlick's, and was the life of the party.
Well, here's the very best for the New Year, and may it contain within it the complete Victory for which we so ardently pray; and above all, may it see you all once more home and taking your place as the leading citizens of our delightful village. That, as you know, is my constant prayer. Again with every good wish for Christmas and the New Year, and with every prayer for you all throughout the coming year,
Ever you affectionate old friend,

Home Front News
Lads in BLA should look out for a wagon with 'Tarleton' painted on it. Its driver is Noel Clark. Noel has already met Nick Taylor (married Tolsey Stazicker).
On Thursday the Rector went to a 'Bevin Boys' Mining School, near Manchester, to visit John Spencer and Jimmy Taylor. He had lunch in the Canteen with all the Bevin Boys. Principals and Bevin Boys alike made him very welcome.
A young Fleet Air Arm Lieutenant gave an interesting lecture to Tarleton lads in the Church Schools on Thursday night.
Last week there was a big fox shoot, ranging from Holmeswood to Knowsley. Many local 'snipers' took part in it. Will Lyons of Holmeswood got three foxes, and Dick Sephton, of Rufford Garage, got two. All told over 100 foxes were shot. It is rumoured that all those who shot foxes sent them to the taxidermist at Carnforth to be stuffed.

Jimmy Farrington (Walmer Bridge) after some years in CMF; Frank Cairns (Mere Brow) after some years RAF training in Canada; John Ball (Wesley Cottages), Ronnie Iddon (Pop); Fred Burns; Len Ball.
Mr Robert Edmondson, Hesketh Lane; who for over 40 years has been on the clerical staff of the LMS retired last Friday.
Mr John Coulton (Jack Luke) and family are removing from Moss Lane to Birkdale.
Foxes killed a lot of geese at Banks last week, and the owners were selling them off at 5/- each.
Mr Stafford Moreton, the Chairman of the NAO (National Association of Ormskirk), gave an interesting lecture in Mere Brow Schools last Thursday, on current politics. He took the place of Commander King-Hall who was prevented from being present through other engagements.
STOP PRESS: just come on leave: Jimmy Southern, Bert Price, Sandy Laing, Robert Johnson.

Extracts from Letters:
Commander John Caunce, RNR writes "For some time I have been anxious about the lack of suitable entertainment for the ratings ashore. Living on a Rock one is apt, after a time to become rock-bound, or get Rockitis. In conjunction with the Chaplain we decided to have a social evening in our recreation room, which is fitted with quite a good stage. We arranged for a Concert Party, and a six gallon barrel of beer, also lots of good food. The Admiral accepted my invitation to come along, and draw the first glass, which he did with marked success and pronounced the quality excellent. After a few turns, and just prior to leaving, he made a toast 'God Bless this house', Everyone was delighted that he should come and take such an interest in our efforts to improve conditions".
ERA Jack Hodge writes from his ship "I am just dropping you a line before I turn into my hammock. Thank you for the good old NL which was the first thing I saw when I stepped into the Mess. It is one of the best letters that ever comes aboard. I have been working on one of our motor boats, overhauling it, as it had been thoroughly soaked with salt water and sand, so you can gather from that what a condition it was in. I hope to run her in tomorrow, as she has had a new propeller shaft fitted. Send my best regards to Arthur Proctor who is in Ceylon with malaria, and thank the Bowling Club for their gift of 30/-".
Dvr Dick Gabbot airmails from MEF "Life out here is much the same day in day out, so you can understand why we get browned off at times. I have not had any NLs for some time, but I see one of my old pals quite regularly (Ronnie Pilkington) and he gives me all the news. I saw Ronnie again last night, and we had quite a good chat about old times. I was out at five o'clock this morning but have now finished for the day. Please remember me to all the boys in the Forces".
Corpl Kenneth Nicholson writes from his ship "The time has come for me to inform you of my new ship. This time it is an aircraft carrier, and a lovely job it is. As you know I was in the Far East when Japan chased us out, and it looks as though I may hope to have the pleasure of being in at the kill in the same waters. I had the distinction of being with a million other in D Day excursion, although I lost my ship. Ernest says he may be going out east, so we may bump into one another. Please tell anyone from
Tarleton who may see us to come and ask for me. There are plenty of lads from Tarleton in the Navy".
Dvr John Caunce airmails from CMF "As you will see by the address we have moved again. It is not England yet, but you never know, it might have been. I do not know what is happening to our mail, but one thing does get here, that is the NL. I think I can always rely upon that getting here. It is raining and thundering here, quite as bad as we have in England. Tell any of the lads out here to look out for our number on the wagons, which is double my age, then take away three. I am looking forward to the day when I shall be sitting in the chair opposite you with the fire in between. Just fancy! I am now 22, quite an old man"!
PO MM Harry Alty, RN writes from his ship "There is not very much going on here, not even fishing off the pier. The smell is still here if nothing else, but I think that has been here so long that it will never go away. Still I cannot grumble as I know that lots of lads would like to be where I am. Please remember me to all the NL readers and wish them for me the best of luck and a happy New Year"!
AG Freddy Coupe, RAF writes from the West Indies "We ran a dance at the beginning of the month and it was a huge success. It made quite a change and helped to keep our morale up. It is still far too hot and the mosquitoes seem to have come out of their hiding places. They are all over the place. We have quite a number of rats in our hut, and the other night we had great fun trying to wipe them out. About midnight we killed two and then got back to bed. Please remember me to Roger Watson.
Trooper Alec Barnish (Hoole) airmails from CMF "I am now in Greece, just one more country to my collection. I have also paid a visit to Athens. While I was in Egypt I managed on several occasions to attend Services at All Saints' Cathedral, Cairo, a beautiful church. My brother Ted is still in Italy, but I am trying to get him with me. Please convey my very best wishes to all your helpers and may they enjoy a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".
L/Cpl Mary Coulton, ATS writes from a border town "As yet I have not made the acquaintance of the Chaplain here as I have only been here a very short time, and we work all day on Sunday as it is a very busy Depot. But I have made enquiries and hope to see him in the near future. Remember me to my cousins Harry, Bill and Tom Harrison, and also Harry Latham through the NL, and also all the boys and girls in Tarleton. May God bless them and keep them safe".
Pte Jack Ashcroft writes, "I am now back in London but I am expecting to go overseas again shortly. I had a very interesting trip to France and was lucky in being able to get home again in so short a time. I shall be quite satisfied if I can get home to Tarleton again within a few months, but am rather doubtful".
L/Cpl Frank Hewitson writes "I'm wondering how many letters are written to you when fellows are on Guard. I was glad to read in the NL that Hubert Tindsley is home on leave. I should like you to pass on to him my kind regards before he goes back. I'm expecting to be sent overseas again anytime now, and, in fact, I had an interview only a few days ago with a view to being posted to the Airborne. It is two years to-day since I disembarked in Algiers".
Dvr Sam Iddon (Hoole) writes from CMF "I regret to tell you that my wife is now in Preston Royal Infirmary having to undergo her fifth operation in the last four years. I know that you will understand how I feel at present. I felt that I could not write to anyone better than you to give me the help I need".
Sub-Lieut Robert Iddon, RNVR airgraphs from the Middle East "As my mail has gone adrift recently there is little I can write about. We have been moving about quite a lot, and with the exception of an odd letter or two I have had no letters from home since leaving Alexandria. The weather at the moment reminds me very much of the weather at home. It rains almost every day and is quite cold at night".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA "I have just got back from 48 hours leave which I enjoyed very much. I have been to Brussels and it's a grand place. Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing Field Marshal Montgomery. It's the first time I have seen him. I am glad to say that we are getting a little more sleep lately and are feeling much better for it. I had eight letters waiting for me when I got back from my 48 Hours, so I am trying hard to keep up with answering them".
LAC Jack Clemmy of the Desert Air Force, airgraphs from CMF "Thanks for your recent NLs. We have had rather a spate of mail lately. A girl friend I met in Corsica wants me to spend a holiday with her people in France, and if France continues to be the same after the war, I shall try to make an effort to go, for while in the South of France I had a wonderful time. The people were marvellous to 'Les Anglais'. A short time ago I managed to get a view of Rome, and also spent several weeks in Naples. I have just been writing to Mrs Parkinson, in Carr Lane. I try to cheer her up a bit in my letters. With a bit of luck I shall be home in June.
Gunner Harold Aspey writes, "As you will see by my address I have left Cornwall at last. So many lads wish to be remembered to me through the NL that I would like you to give my kind regards to one or two, Arthur Harrison, Bill Seddon, Ronnie Iddon, Nick Forshaw, and all whom I know from good old Tarleton. I was really amazed at seeing the streets so well lit up, for where I have come from it was just complete darkness".
LAC Eva Foulds, WAAF, writes, "I have been on the move quite a lot lately. We have Church Services in a lovely Church here which I attend very often. I did not have the chance at the other camps I was at as we were more or less understaffed. Please thank the Bowling Club for the 30/- which I received from them. It came just at the right moment. Remember me to all the boys and girls in the Forces abroad and at home, and my very best regards to Sgt Maurice Haskell of the RAF".
Joseph Rimmer of Moss Side, Mere Brow, a Bevin Boy, writes, "I am now in private billets. I have only been here today but I am sure I will be treated very well. I have a mate with me at the same house who has been with me ever since I came into the mines, so that makes a lot of difference. It is only a little village, but, as you know, I am used to living in quiet spots".
Pte Harry Woosey writes, "I am very happy here together with my four pals who came with me from - No one ever bothers, and we have got a good Corporal. I could finish my army career here. There is a good chance of that happening because this sub-district is not out of the way like - was. We have a little robin round our hut. I keep throwing it crumbs and it is quite tame. It has actually been inside the hut. One of the lads said when he saw it in the hut that it is a sign of a severe winter. It would have suited my little lad if he could have seen it, because he likes robins., Give my kind regards to all the lads and lassies".
Gunner Nick Taylor (Church Road) writes, "I am in a grand camp, with plenty of good food and pals. I often think of the lads from the village slogging it overseas, and wish that it were all over. Please remember me to them all and also to those in the Forces at home. I pray that they may all have a speedy return to civvy street".
Dvr William Whittle writes, "There is only one grievance I have against this place, and that is the weather. Five days out of six it is freezing. I am on a five weeks' course fiddling around with wires and booby traps. By the way, they are not very nice things to play with. Today is the Company's 'Day Off' and I am spending half of it in bed. I think, myself that the man who invented 'bed' should be awarded the VC without delay. It was with feelings of the deepest regret that I heard that Jimmy Sutton was 'missing'. We were good pals, Jimmy and I. I am writing this in the Church Canteen and one of the lads is trying his hardest with the rather battered piano".
Sgt George Hardcastle writes, "I have been away to a refresher course at - It is a place to be avoided in winter with its barracks etc. We had no heating at all, and no hot water, all the time I was there. I usually went to bed to keep warm. Again, doing battle training in the pouring rain is no joke, and most of the training we did was battle training".
AC1 Harris RAF writes, "I am very pleased that I have been included in the list to receive the NL. It will be a pleasure to me to visit you as soon as I can and make myself known to you. You will, no doubt, remember the chat we had together a short time ago. I should like to convey my Christmas greetings, and best wishes, to all those from Tarleton who are serving with the Forces".
Gdsn. Harry Crook writes, "I have not made up my mind properly as to my future career, but it is a problem which gives me plenty of thought. I feel sure that should there be any need of help or advice I can rely upon your aid. In fact I think you would be the first person I should approach". (Certainly, Harry, you and all the lads can faithfully rely upon my doing my very best for each one of you when such help, in any way, is needed).
Sgt Will Riding, RAF writes, "The only wealth that will be real in the years which lie ahead, will be spiritual wealth of knowing God, and being able, through that knowledge, to achieve a poise and balance of mind which will enable the possessor to enjoy to the full, the beauty of the Universe which God has given us".
Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes, "I am sending you my new address. I don't suppose that we shall be here long. We have all come in for posting overseas. I am hoping to get a spot of leave in first. I would like you to convey to the Women Conservatives my thanks for the gift I received from them. Here's wishing the best to all the lads and girls of Tarleton away and at home, and all the best for Christmas".
Stoker Will Harrison writes, "We have had a few flying bombs around here, but I've never seen or heard one for two weeks now. The only 'drip' or grudge I have against this place is the grub, although if it were cooked properly it would be much more palatable. Remember me to all the lads and lasses, especially Walter Ascroft, Tom Harrison, Mere Brow; Tom Sutton, Mere Brow; and all through the NL".
L/Cpl Arthur Worth writes, "I came across Freddie Burns the other day. It was nice to see one of our Tarleton lads and we had a nice chat together. We are still kept very busy these days and have plenty to occupy our minds. Excuse me, Rector, I am just wanted, but please remember me to all, especially those in the different Forces".
AC1 John Ball (Bretherton) writes, "Life is very much the same in the RAF and this camp is very good. I have joined a local concert party in which I play the accordion, usually twice a week. We play at hospitals for the wounded, and Army and RAF camps. This Squadron is a very small detachment, and we work every day in the week. Sunday morning we have a voluntary Church Parade in theCook-house. We have no organ - that's where I come in with the accordion. Remember me to all my pals in the Forces, and the best of luck to them all".
Pte Barbara Coupe ATS, writes, "I have now moved from a Requisitioned House into a civvies billet. My pal and I are together, and we are only ten minutes walk from the office, so instead of getting up at 6 am we now need only get up at 7.30, and it is also very nice to be able to wash in hot water and then sit down to breakfast. Please give my best wishes to my brother Fred, and to Pam Fairie (WAAF) and to all the boys and girls overseas and at home".
Sapper Howard Gabbott writes, "I am in a beautiful country place, but not very convenient being two miles from the nearest bus route. I keep good attendance at Church, and hear some good services. I am working at my own trade with five other joiners travelling from place to place. I have had some hectic times with flying bombs during my service down south. I deeply regret to hear the sad news of Jimmy Sutton of Hesketh Lane. I was surprised to find he was in the Navy. Please remember me to my brother Dick (MEF) brother-in-law Abel Bickerstaffe, RASC, and cousin Norman Barron, RE, hoping they are all well and safe".
John Spencer (a Bevin Boy) writes from his Miners' Hostel, "From what I've seen of mining it is not going to be so bad, but I will tell you more about it when I get to know. Remember me to John Caunce. This is another of your boys reporting".
Trooper Ralph Whitehead writes from CMF. "Thanks for the NLs which I am receiving very regularly. We are having plenty of rain, but no snow yet. We are not short of work here, but the camp is not too bad, and it is very nice to have a roof to sleep under in this weather. Please remember me to Alf Rowland and all my other friends".
AC1 Leslie Clarkson (Bretherton) writes, "I left the warm parts when I got posted up north. I would like a few days' leave, but I have to wait until I have passed out of my course as driver, and then, I suppose, we shall get 14 days' Embarkation leave. Please remember me through the NL to all my pals such as John Ball, Reg.Bretherton, Billy and Jimmy Jackson, Tich, my mate, and all the other lads and lasses overseas and at home".
The Rector thanks the following for Christmas Cards received: - Jack Robinson, Dick Sephton, John Caunce, Kenneth Dandy, Will Bridge, Dick Burns, Walter Ascroft, Fred Taylor, Tom Sutton (Mere Brow), Jim Latham, Vernon Ogden, Harry Whitehead, Eva Foulds, Walter Rawsthorne, A Duckworth, Philip Rigby, Jack Marsden, Ralph Whitehead, Stanley Baldwin, George Farrington, Alec Barnish, George Barker, Kenneth Robshaw, Jimmy Swift, Charlie Wright, (Tabby Nook), Dan Stazicker.

Brain Twisters

1. Aunt Tilly is 36 years old. She is twice as old as Uncle Billy was when Aunt Tilly was as old as Uncle Billy is now. How old is
Uncle Billy?

2. In a bag there are 429 coins, consisting of sixpences, shillings, florins and half-crowns. Each kind total the same sum of money. How much is there in the bag?

3. A woman went out shopping, and on her first call used two more than half of her coupons. The second call again took two more than half of what remained; while her third call used up once more two more than a half of what were left. On her return home from this orgy with the squander bug, she found that she had no coupons left. How many coupons did she start out with?

4. What is it that is: -

The beginning of eternity,
The end of Time and Space,
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every race?

5. Parts of a Motor Car are concealed in the following sentences.
What are they?

The donkey's long ears stood erect.
Jerry dropped a single bomb on Netley Common.
Round the garden Eric ran, Kathleen chasing him.
The scholarship John has won will amply repay his parents.
I saw the party resting after a tiring up-hill trudge.
Get some hot water and fill the bath tub, Esther.
A small car with a small motor tax leaves the small man a small balance.

6. My 2341 soldiers join.
My 257 is an Ally.
My 563 is evil.
My 5261 men both wear and pay to women.
My 57431 avoids 563.
My whole is a word of seven letters and was cleared of the enemy.

7. Re-arrange the letters of the words in capitals so that the sentences make sense.

The squire was very proud of his NORSE CATS
Tommy thought epistles were the wives of TEA SLOPS
The gardener took a CHESTY and trimmed the hedge
Ribbentrop thinks he is a master of MAD POLICY
My girl is very proud of her ONE-HALF-BIAS fur coat

The Lighter Side

"My William, please", said the facetious customer to the waitress at a tea-shop.
"Excuse me, sir" replied the waitress, "You mean your Robert".
"Whatever do you mean"?
"Well, sir, your Bill's a Bob.

"I hope my visits are not disagreeable"?
"No", replied the invalid, "However gloomy I am when you come, I'm always happy when you go".

"Thank you for the trips", said the nervous passenger to the pilot.
"Trips"? replied the pilot, "You only had one".
"Two", firmly repeated the nervous passenger, "My first and my last".

She: "Mrs Gasbag is a great gossip".
He: "Yes. She has a great sense of rumour.

>From a little girl's essay on 'The Creation'.
'Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, and were quite happy until the servant came'.

The collection was for Missions, but when the bag came round to the squire he shook his head. "I never give to Missions", he said. "Then take something out of the bag, sir", whispered the sidesman; "the money is for the heathen".

A young devoted husband came home one evening g from work to find his wife in tears.
"What's the matter, my dear"? he enquired.
"You know those lovely scones I make for your tea"? replied his wife, "well I made some for you this afternoon, and little Fido ate them when my back was turned". "Don't let that upset you, dearest"; said her young husband, "I will buy you another dog to-morrow. So cheer up.

While dressing in the morning after a hilarious 'night out', he noticed to his consternation that he had a really black eye. He could not remember the incident in which he must have got it, but went downstairs to breakfast in fear and trepidation of his wife. How was he to explain it away?
"My dear", he began, when he came to the kitchen, "I must have bumped into something when I came home last night".
"You hadn't got it when you came home last night" answered his wife.

MO: (examining new recruit) "Dear me, I see that you are having a little trouble with angina pectoris".
Recruit: "I am, indeed, sir, a lot of trouble, but you've got her name wrong,its Angela Pecksniff".

The old lady was at church on the Sunday morning, and when the bag came round she put her hand to her mouth and whispered to the Sidesman, "I shall be here tonight", and he passed her by. Sure enough she was there at Evensong, and again the bag was jingled in front of her. Again, without making any attempt to put anything in it, she placed her hand to her mouth and whispered to the Sidesman "I was here this morning".

Answers to Brains Trust Questions

1. Uncle Billy is 27 years old.

2. £22 (220 sixpences, 110 shillings, 55 florins and 44 half-crowns).

3. 28 coupons.

4. The letter 'E'

5. Gears - Bonnet - Crank - Lamp - Tyres - Tubes - Axle.

6. Tunisia (Unit - USA - Sin - Suit - Saint).

7. Ancestors, Apostles, Scythe, Diplomacy, Fashionable

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