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No: 253
February 8th 1945

My Dear Boys and Girls,
Here comes the double number that I promised. We might call it the Shrove Tuesday number, although there is no reason for doing so. The chief reason for it being 'double' is that I wanted to work off a good many letters which have been squeezed out of former issues. The mention of Shrove Tuesday brings thoughts of Lent, and I know from my own experience how absolutely impossible it is to observe this sacred season in any way while campaigning. Still, and effort, even though it turns out a failure, is something in the right direction.
I would again draw your attention to the fact that the Mayor of Preston is supplying all on his rota with the petrol necessary to bring lads, coming from abroad, home throughout the night. So I shall have the petrol, and all you have to do when you arrive at Preston is to ask the mayor's representative, who will meet the train, to ring up
Hesketh Bank 230, and - Hey Presto!! My car rolls up
to bring you home in comfort.
With my love, my Blessing and all my prayers,
Ever your affectionate old friend,

Mrs Houghton, senior, Fermor Road, fell indoors on Sunday last and is now in Preston Infirmary. She is doing well.
Mr Holmes, who lived in one of Sandwell's houses in Blackgate Lane, died at the house of his son Jimmy Holmes, well know to HG men, on Monday, and was buried at Tarleton on Thursday. He was 68 years of age, and he and his wife, who died last year, were formerly Master and Matron, respectively, of the Liverpool Poor Law Institution, at Smithdown Road, Liverpool.
Mrs George Almond, (nee Sally Tindsley) has presented her husband with their first child, a girl.
The Home Guard, which is standing down, gave a very good concert for their wives and sweethearts, on Thursday in the schools. Refreshments free.
Mrs Harold Forshaw, Gorse Lane has presented her husband with a boy.
Mr John Wilson, of 109 Tithebarn Rd, Southport, died last Sunday at the house of his daughter, Mrs Richard Ball, Fermor Rd, and was buried at Tarleton on Tuesday. He was 57 years old.
The engagement is announced of Vera Iddon, Carr Lane, to
Ronald (Ronnie) Knight, Hesketh Lane.
The baby girl of Mr and Mrs (nee Annie Wilson, Wesleyan Cottages) Farrington is seriously ill with nephritis. George has been granted a fortnight's compassionate leave during the critical days.
Petty Officer Nick Forshaw, home on leave from foreign service for a month, wishes to send, through the NL, his best wishes to his old pal
Petty Officer Saker, who is still somewhere in the Mediterranean.
Sergeant Saul, of the Lancashire Constabulary, who for some years has been in charge at Croston, is retiring next week, and is coming to live in Moss Lane, at Dunollic, the house where Bill Guy used to live.
Miss Lizzie Barron (Doctor's Lane End) is now back home from Ormskirk Hospital, and is doing well.
Miss Chapman is still in Preston Hospital and is doing well.
A large percentage of the Tarleton children are suffering from mumps.
The Mayor of Preston has arranged a rota of owner-drivers willing to take lads stranded on Preston Station between the hours of 10.30 and 4am to their homes if within a radius of 10 miles from Preston Town Hall. The Rector has volunteered the use of his car for the run Hoole, Bretherton, Tarleton, Rufford and Hesketh Bank. Will all lads coming on leave make a note of this, and also pass the information on to any pals who live in the Preston area.

Hugh Melling; Nick Forshaw; Herbert Parkinson; Bill Wright; Sandy Laing; Dick Blundell; Dick Taylor, (Mere Brow); John Foster, (Moss Lane); Harold Cookson (HB)
The infant child of Mr and Mrs (nee Vera Buck) Dick Johnson,
Hesketh Lane, was christened at HB Parish Church.

Sapper Eric Abram airmails from CMF, "We are getting the railways cracking here. We have just completed building the big bridge and opened some more lines. It certainly has taken a bit of doing. I attended a Church Service last Sunday, and quite enjoyed it. Remember me to all the lads in the village and all who are away in the Forces, and let's hope that we all have a speedy return home".
AB Jack Marsden, RN airmails from his ship, "One day is very like another round these parts, but I was lucky enough to get ashore on Christmas Eve, but was on duty on Christmas Day. We have a cinema show aboard whenever possible. When I was going ashore I found out that my old ship was in port, so a pal of mine who was on her with me,
Bill Whellington, of Torquay, went with me to see our old ship mates, and it was grand to see them. I shall have been two years out here in April. My kind regards to my old pal Sid Ball, and tell him I received his letter OK, and thanks a lot".
Cpl Bill Bridge writes from BLA, "As usual everything out here is going OK, the weather is a bit frosty, but by now I'm quite used to it. I've not had the luck to meet any Tarleton boys since I saw Jimmy Burns, but I am keeping a good look our as I travel all over Belgium and Holland. My kind regards to Jimmy Burns, Dick Sephton, and my two brothers-in-law Tom and Ken Dandy".
AC1 Dick McKean airgraphs from MEF "We are enjoying quite a spell of cold weather. A short while ago we had one of the worst storms in Egypt for years, and some of the boys had their tents blown down. I am sorry to say that Harley has been posted. I am still hoping to meet some of the Tarleton boys out here as I see from the NL that there are a few left in these parts. Remember me to all in the Services via the NL".
AB Tom Dickinson, RN, airmails from Greece, "Bob Rimmer of Holmeswood is now out here with me, but at the base, while I am at sea nearly all the time. When we go into harbour for a while I will have a civvy street 'appo' to go ashore with. Things are getting quieter in Athens, but everything is exceptionally dear. A haircut cost 4/-, if one is lucky enough to get one, and that isn't often. I expect you know what a 'matloc' is, he won't pay for a thing unless he has to. We had some Petty Officers on board a short while ago, and one of them wished to be remembered to Nick Forshaw, as they used to 'pack out' together. His name is John Saker, or Sader. Remember me to Bob Howard, Tom Bolton, Ken Dandy and Bert Fawke".
Cpl Roger Watson writes from India, "The NL continues to arrive regularly whatever the rest of the mail does. I would like to thank the Mothers' Union for their gift. I still hope, when I get home, to return to Liverpool University for a Degree in Architecture. Your Christmas number of the NL has only just arrived, but it does not make it any less acceptable. It is so easy to lose touch with people at home, or it would be if it were not for the NL".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA, "I am now at a convalescent hospital. I came here by train, and what a journey it was! We had dinner, tea, supper and breakfast on the train. What they have brought me all this way for, I can't tell. It will be weeks before I get back to my Unit. I was hoping to get home in February, but now I cannot tell when by turn will come. We had the DLI Band here and it was very good".
Sgt Ernie Ball writes "When I returned from my shortened leave I found that I was posted to this Unit together with three other Sergeants and the CMS. As you will know I was called back before my leave expired, and just when I was going to Luton! In fact I should have been at Luton but for a little accident with the chip pan while helping myself to some supper".
Dvr Albert Becconsall writes from Devonshire, "The people around here are having some weather they have never had before, or so they say. Snow and frost, and believe me its very cold indeed, and the travelling is very bad. Please note my change of address, and thanks for the NLs which never fail to reach me".
LACW Margaret Moss writes from her RAF Station, "I suppose that you know I am on the same camp as Alf Rowland from Tarleton. Although we have both been on the same camp since the summer we never met until November, as we did not know each other in civvy street. Please remember me to my brother Henry in the RAF in Iceland, my brother-in-law Tom Harrison, in the RAVC, in the middle east, and my kindest regards to all the members of the Forces from Tarleton".
LAC Tom Dandy writes from his RAF Station, "We have done nothing else but move around since 'D' Day, from this side to the other, and we have hardly had time even to spit; but wherever we got to the NL always reached me, and very welcome too. I think I am right in saying that this is the worst county in England, its done nothing but snow for the last three days. However we have a good fire in the billet and plenty of grub, so we can't grumble. Remember me to my brother Ken, RN, and to my brother-in-law Bill Bridge, and say I hope to see them soon".
Dvr James Southern writes, "I expect that the excuse 'I haven't had time to write' is getting rather stale by now, but I am not much good at letter writing. Before I close I would ask you to remember me, through the NL to my brother-in-law Ronnie Brain, an d to one of my best pals, Arthur Proctor. Thanks for the NLs they are the best newspaper I have ever read. Well! I'm about spun for words".
Dvr Harry Price, who is still in England after his lengthy period of service in the far east, writes "I must open my letter with a big 'thank you' for the ride I had in your car from Preston Station on December 21st. I returned to camp after a grand nine days in Tarleton and am now in hospital to undergo treatment for my knee. Please pass on my best wishes to all the girls and boys in the Forces, especially my brother Bert, Tom and Hubert Tindsley, and George Almond, and God bless them all".
Pte Robert Watson, Mere Brow, writes, "I was with the 55th Divisional Signals as you know. I have now got a move to the 7th HQ Signals. They have only just come from overseas. Will you please thank for me the Women Conservatives, Mothers' Union, and the British Legion (Women's Section) for their most welcome gifts".
Gunner Nick Taylor (Church Rd) "It is six inches deep in snow outside, and it is still coming down. It will take a lot to get me away from the barracks room stove to-night, for we are all sitting round it spinning yarns. I gave them the NLs to read, and they said you never see anything like it coming from towns. I am still at the same place and on the same job, and life here is not too bad; plenty of good food, good pals, canteen and the Garrison Theatre to pass the time away".
AC1 Barbara Coupe writes, "Our Christmas and New Year was spent very quietly and we got plenty of good food, but there was nothing in the way of entertainment. Still we made the best of things and I'm really glad that it' over. Will you please thank the Mothers' Union through the NL for their gift. I have been into town once or twice lately, and I also go on the swimming trip when I'm off duty".
Fus Tom Hurst, who was very badly wounded when in Italy, and has now returned to his Unit after convalescence, writes, "I left home on Dec.28th, and have been moving about since. First I was sent to Chichester, then to Gravesend, then to the above address. And what a welcome I had! I arrived at 9.30pm was given 4 blankets and told to go to a house down such a street which took me 1/2 an hour to find. The place was empty and I had to sleep on the floor. Next morning I went before the CO who told me I need not think I could 'sit pretty' because I was C2, for if he wished he could send me overseas with any draft he wished".
Gunner Harry Harrison writes, "With my job in the Cookhouse and Dining Hall I don't seem to have had time to turn round, and my 24 hours off was on Sunday when the shops were closed. I would like to express my best thanks to the Bowling Club, Women Conservatives, British Legion Women's Section, and others, for their gifts. May I wish a speedy return home to all my cousins, brothers-in-law Dick and Billy, and to all Tarletonians wherever they are".
Pte Harry Woosey writes, "I think everywhere here will be a sea of mud before long. All my pals say they had a good Christmas here, plenty to eat and some good Christmas presents. Remember me to all my pals, especially Bob Hull, Alan Jay, and my brother-in-law Eric Booth. I have got a job in the NAAFI for ten days until my pal returns from leave".
Pte Frank Foulds writes, "Thanks for the NLs. It's good to hear some news, and although I have not been away from Tarleton long, it is quite long enough. As you can see by my address I have landed back in England, and I am very glad to be back. I am now in an Airborne Regiment, and a very grand Regt.too. I have had some luck for my friends came with me here, so everything has turned out OK. I see that nearly all the boys are abroad, so please remember me to them all. I wonder how John Spencer likes the mines".
Tel.Op. John Webster RN writes, "There is one job that I would very much like to do in 1945 - that is escorting with a convoy bringing a ship load of Tarleton lads back home. I bet it would nearly take a ship full to hold all the Tarleton lads. I hope my dream may come true! Please wish all the readers of the NL the compliments of the season and remember me to John Sutton, Bert Fawke, and Commander Caunce".
Dvr Noble writes, "I am leaving this Battalion on Monday and going to one that is going overseas. I am sorry that I have been so long in writing but I have been very busy. I find the NLs very interesting. Will you please remember me to all the boys and girls of Tarleton".
Pte Will Seddon writes, "I have now moved from Wales to somewhere in the south of England. I have not had much chance to look round yet, but there does not seem much chance of anything but work here; still we do manage to get home and that is worth a lot. I see in the NL that Harold Aspey wished to be remembered to me, so please return the compliment. Please thank the Mothers' Union, through the NL for their gift".
George Caunce a Bevin Boy, writes from the Miners' School to which he has been sent "We had an ENSA show in the main lounge and it lasted one hour. There was a soloist, tap dancer, two fiddlers and a pianist. We have no spuds in our hostel. We have Lt.Col.Rhys Davies DSO, coming to give us a talk about his experiences in South Africa, Middle East, and the Seven Seas, tomorrow. I am going as I think it will be interesting. I am now going with Norman Hornby from Walmer Bridge, to the snack bar for some supper".

1. A stationer lowered the price of his pen nibs by a penny a dozen, which meant that he gave one more for a penny than before. What was the new price of a dozen?
2. A man paid for a sixpenny haircut with a £1 note, and was rather surprised when the barber gave him his change in sixpences and shillings. There were exactly the same number of each. What was the number?
3. A man was asked how many coins he had in his pocket. He answered by saying, "If I had as many more, and half as many more, I should have 25. How many coins had he?
4. Two ladies in a tea shop were discussing a neighbour's matrimonial affairs. As their little girls were also present, they were afraid to speak openly, so one lady wrote the following on the back of the Menu, and passed it over to the other: - FAULTS HUSBAND DIFFERENCES WIFE FAULTS. What did she mean to convey?
5. Write down the figures 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,in three horizontal rows so that whether counted horizontally, vertically, or diagonally they always add up to 15.
6. A mile of fencing will enclose a field of 60 acres. How many acres will two miles of fencing enclose?
When the ship put into a port, all the lads except one applied for shore leave. The 'pass' officer sent for this one and asked, "What's the matter? Are you the only sailor who hasn't got a wife in this port"?
"No, Sir", replied the rating, "I'm the only one that has".

Inquisitive old lady: "And what do you do with the submarines when you capture them?
Bored Jack Tar: "Oh, we keep the big ones and throw the little ones back".

Why is a ship always referred to as 'she'?
Because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder!

Mary: "Last night Jack told me I looked good enough to eat".
Mollie: "Yes, sailors like plain food".

A keen angler, after spending a convivial night at the Anglers Rest, going home by a short cut across the fields, came to a scarecrow at the side of the footpad. He stopped, and in a very aggrieved voice, said, "That's a lie, old boy, I've fished this stream for the last twenty years, and there's nothing near that size in it".

He was a young wounded Tommy, and the sister had just made him comfortable for the night, and before going off duty she asked, "Is there anything I can do for you before I leave"?
Replied Tommy: "Well yes! Sister, I should like very much to be kissed good-night".
Sister rustled to the door before saying, "Certainly, just wait until I call the orderly, he does all the rough work round here".



2. 13

3. 10

4. Differences between husband and wife with faults on either side.

5. 2 - 9 - 4
7 - 5 - 3
6 - 1 - 8

6. 240 acres

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