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No: 256
March 1st 1945

My Dear Boys and Girls,
Here comes another bumper number. It is the Mothering Sunday issue, and therefore I must remind you that on the Sunday, which is March 11th, it has long been our custom in Tarleton, as indeed it is throughout the whole Church, to be present as complete families at the early celebration of Holy Communion. Scattered as you are throughout the world it is impossible for you to be present at Tarleton on that day, but I hope that the rest of your family will be found at the Altar, and, as you know there is no time or space with God, and therefore I hope that wherever you may be you will try and make it convenient to be present at a Service of Holy Communion on that day. I am absolutely sure that if you will show this NL to your Chaplain he will arrange for such a Service to be held. Also, if you are a Tarleton Church lad, Mothering Sunday is the anniversary of your First Communion.
Let us hope that next year Mothering Sunday will, indeed, see us all together, as one village family, kneeling at the Altar of the village Church.
With my love, my prayers, and every Blessing I am able to bestow,
Ever your affectionate old friend,

Dr Herbert Croft, who is on the Burma Front, has been promoted Major.
Tom Rigby, of the Toll Bar, has been a patient in his hospital on the road to Mandalay. Tom Rigby has had dermatitis, but is now better.
Harry Jackson, Kearsley Avenue, is in Preston Infirmary with appendicitis.
Mrs Hugh Melling came home from the Liverpool Hospital last Sunday. He has been privately christened with the name of David.
Two Chorley lads, one sixteen, the other eighteen, went shooting wild duck on Hesketh Marsh last Sunday. The 18 year old lad shot the other under the arm. He ran to Slingers, who sent for Dr Croft, and made an improvised stretcher to bring him in. However he was dead when they arrived. Young Dr Stanley Croft, of Liverpool University, had to wade out in gum boots to reach him. Verdict at the inquest - Accidental death.
Mr Richard Tindsley, Tailor, Hesketh Lane, was married on Saturday last, to Mrs David Lund, of Briery Villa, Blackgate Lane.
Harry Crabtree is selling his greenhouses and six acres of land in Blackgate Lane, by auction, on March 10th.
Mrs David Lund is selling her household furniture at Briery Villa next Wednesday. Jimmy Thompson is moving into Briery Villa, and George Iddon, who recently married Anne Monaghan, is moving into Thompson's house at the Lock.
John Barron, Tailor, old Post Office, at corner of Church Road and Gorse Lane, is selling his house and business premises, by auction next week, with vacant possession.
The late Mr Hawley's bungalow, in Moss Lane, is also being sold by auction.
Mrs Coulton, Westhead Road, Croston, has died aged 90 years.

Jimmy Harrison; George Taylor HB; both from BLA; Harry Crook; Jimmy Wright, embarkation; Hugh Melling; Harry Alty; Jimmy Southern; John Croft; Arthur Worth.
Jack Hodge RN, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Mrs John Coulton (nee Jane Rigby), on Saturday last presented her husband with their fourth child - another girl. She has now four girls. Mrs Coulton is seriously ill in Preston Infirmary Maternity Home. The baby is doing well.
Mr Harry Ball, who recently married Mrs Tom Latham, (Hester Ascroft) had a serious accident while at his work shunting on the railway at Southport on Monday. A rib has broken and entered his lung.
Last Thursday evening the Rector invited all the heads of the Welcome Home Funds from the neighbouring parishes, to a meeting at Tarleton rectory to co-ordinate our efforts so that no lad, or girl, serving in HM Forces should be left out. Representatives came from Croston, Bretherton, Hoole (Much and Little), Hesketh Bank, Rufford, Banks, Holmeswood and Tarleton. A very friendly, useful meeting.
Henry Baybutt, New Road, went to the Mining School at Swinton on Monday as a Bevin Boy.
Winifred Quinlan (Stanley's sister) of Crossens, who is an Auxiliary Nurse was married at St John's Church, Crossens, last Wednesday to Raymond Bailey, of Hesketh Bank, Honeymoon at Rhyl.
WRN Maureen Hind got special leave to keep her 21sr Birthday last Saturday at home. A small party was held at her mother's house in Fulwood Avenue.
The following babies were christened by the Rector last Sunday in Tarleton Parish Church:
Vera, daughter of Harry and Edna Iddon, Sunny Dene, Carr Lane. Richard George, son of Henry and Peggy Ralph, Fermor. Vera, daughter of John and Margaret Neta Latham, Merlyn, Hesketh Lane.
Mr Will Abram senr., bought a new electric circular saw. He tried it out and in doing so cut off the little finger of his left hand. He is now in Preston Infirmary suffering from shock.

Sapper Eric Abram writes from CMF, "I have a mate in my company who comes from Preston. He always wants to read the NL when I get it. Last Sunday was my lucky day. I attended a Church Parade and met there a lad from Penwortham, so we had a good talk together".
Dvr Fred Taylor (Hesketh Lane) airmnails from CMF, "I am writing this letter in a house where I go. A lot of the lads about seem to do so well with this lingo but I have not got on very well with it, but I understand the folks here, and they understand me, so that's how I spend all the time I can manage to get off. They tell me I can speak the Lingo quite well. I go to Florence about every day, but I have not seen any of the lads so far. Our wagons are marked 81, so if they see one tell them to ask for Ginger Taylor of HQ Platoon. I shall be glad to see anybody and have a good tale".
Dvr Bill Whittle writes from BLA, "I now find myself 'Somewhere in Holland'. Its quite a nice little village, the food is OK and so are the billets, though we have to share it with 'Lizzy', and 'Lizzy' happens to be a cow, so you can guess that it gives a nice homely atmosphere. I am in billets here with two lads from Wigan and my old mate from Chester, so taking things all round I'm not too badly off".
LAC Freddy Coupe writes from the West Indies, "You will notice that at long last I have reached the rank of LAC. It certainly took some doing. The cricket team started off the season well by winning their first match by eight wickets. It seems rather funny, our cricket season has just started, and it's the middle of the football season at home. Most of my spare time is spent playing bridge".
Gunner Ronnie Whiteside writes from, "CMF "I am glad to say that over here in Greece all is now peaceful, and when you walk down the street at night it is pleasant to hear the chatter of the people, and the friendly salute they once again give you. Food of various kinds seems plentiful in the shops. The weather here is about as bad as that we had in Italy during the winter we were there. It looks as though Joe Stalin's boys will get to Berlin first".
Dvr Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) writes from BLA, "I think things must be a bit different in this war to the last for I have heard quite a few old timers talking about riding in cattle trucks, but we had wooden seats in our train and they must be luxury coaches compared to cattle trucks. Well, as the boys who are in this sector will know, there is a big sign on the Railway Station when we get back from leave, saying 'Back to the Line for a rest', and after three days journeying back here some of us thought how true it was".
AB Walter Ascroft, Holmes, writes from his ship, "I am now aboard my ship I've been waiting for so long. I think it alright for me to say that it is a Fleet sweeper, and it is nice and comfortable on board here, after being in a tent for four months with nothing but a storm lantern at night to see with; and the food is much better as well".
Stoker Will Hudson (Mere Brow) airmails from his ship, "To tell you the truth I am getting that much mail from home that I could do with a private secretary. In one of the NLs I saw an extract from a letter from Arthur Proctor who is out my way. I made enquiries to see if I could find him, and I met a sailor who had come out with him, and he gave me his address. My best regards, through the wonderful NL, to my old pals Chuck Wright, Charlie Wright, Bob Bond, and all who come from Mere Brow, and all others in HM Forces".
Dvr Dan Johnson airmails from CMF, "My company always seem to get stuck in one place and to bed down as if we were stopping for a life-time. That happened in Boma (N.Africa) and also in Italy. I would be delighted to come across my earliest 'Khaki' pal, Tom Coulton. We had quite a good time together. I wonder if he remembers my first privilege leave from Haydock Park. I was walking out of camp, kitbag, rifle and equipment, when I met a Southport bus turning in. It was Tom with his choir from Hesketh Bank going to give the troops a concert. So I turned back with them, and afterwards they landed me right at my own door".
Pte Norman Wright writes from BLA, "I am OK and having a good time. I am somewhere in Belgium at a very nice place. I have heard that Robert Latham is somewhere round here, Remember me to all the boys and girls, especially my three best pals, Stoker Jack Twist, Eric Abram (Italy) and Joe Rimmer, down the pits".
Ldg/M/M Arthur Proctor airgraphs from Ceylon, "On New Year's Day we had a padre which made the Service much better. First of all the Captain inspected us, then the March Past, and after that we went to Church, which, by the way, is made of palm trees, but that made no difference to the Service. It was still very good indeed. The weather here is beautiful, not too hot, and no rain for the last six weeks. Remember me to all in the Services especially Jack Hodge and Jack Waters".
Pte Jack Parker writes from SEAC,"I have sent you a SEAC newspaper just in case no one else from out here has done so. Life out here goes on much the same from day to day. It was very wet and cold for a few days last week, but to-day it is like a spring morning at home, sun shining, birds singing etc. Remember me to all Tarletonians I know at home and abroad".
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA,"I am now well on the way towards winning your medal, so I will leave you to guess where I am. After going from one hospital to another, I am now back with my Regiment. I have been in a place well known to you in the last war. Will you tell Bill Barker, Jack Robinson and Harold Aspey, and remember me to Harry Cookson, who, I believe, is over here".
Sign. Edward Harrison (Fermor Road) writes from BLA."I think that the name 'Old Faithful' is a very good name for the NL, for it certainly gets here when other mail fails. A week or so ago I managed to get my 48 hours leave in Brussels, and what a change it was after being in the front line for so long. It was there I had my photograph taken. I am enclosing one for the Lady Chapel. My best wishes to all the boys and girls in the Forces from Tarleton and district".
LAC R Appleton writes from MEF, "Although not one of your parishioners, my name was sent to you by my pal Dick McKean who, I am glad to say, is now quite near me, after being parted for over a year. I can understand the feelings of all who receive the NL in all parts of the world. It is a great joy to be able to read first class news from their doorstep, as one might say. I get quite a thrill in reading them. Remember me to Harley McKean whom I have also met several times out here and say I wish him the best of luck, and hope to hear that he has been pulled out of the Drum for leave in dear old Blighty".
Gunner Harold Aspey writes, "Since last February I have been moving around a great deal; this will be my tenth move. Since coming North we have found a great change for the better; the Scotch have been ever so nice and homely towards us. I haven't seen so much hospitality shown to us anywhere else. Believe me, they are a great people. Remember me to Bill Seddon, Arthur Harrison, Bert Barron, Nick Forshaw, Harry Rigby and all my pals on active Service".
Sergt Maurice Haskell, RAF, writes, "The camp I am on at the present is very compact, but miles away from anywhere, for I have five miles to go before I come to the nearest village. I have only been here just on a week, but my opinion of the camp is high, except for the food, which is lousy. Remember me to Eva Foulds, Frank Foulds, David Hanson, and all the rest of the local lads and lasses in the Forces. I am flying to-night up until the early hours of the morning, so I must close my letter".
Gunner John Ball writes, "You will see by the above address that I am at a CMP depot. I am on a course for twelve weeks before I pass out as a MP. This depot used to be a mental home, and it is the first time I have been in one of them. Please remember me to everybody in the Forces, especially Harry Harrison".
Mr John Hornby BEM, Bos'n RN, writes, "I am back at my home base and ready to get into harness again after such a pleasant time in N Wales. Life will seem very different again for me now that I am amongst the real sailors instead of the one undergoing training. However, I have had a nice rest from war, and it looks as though, after all, I might be in at 'the kill'. With all my gratitude".
Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes, "No doubt you have been in this camp. I believe it was a training camp during the last war. It certainly is a big place and one gets more amusement in camp than in the nearby town. I am coming to see you when I get my next 9 days, or perhaps 14 days; it's the latter we are expecting, though we must not grumble, for we could be a lot worse off, and so we must be thankful".
LAC Tom Smith writes, "Yet another move, and at the present I am settling down for another 2 or 3 months before starting out again for pastures new., Make a note of my new address so that the ubiquitous NL may follow me as early as possible. My last six months were spent in London, and I left the great city with mixed feelings. Will you please remember me to
Flying Officer Harry Taylor, and tell him I hope he is recovering after his recent 'accident'. I've spent a lot of time thinking about wars lately, and they certainly don't make sense to me. I cannot, for the life of me, see what anyone gains by them".
Lac Tom Bolton (Longton, pre-war assistant at Co-op) writes, "News of the old village still keeps very interesting and helps one to keep in touch with what is going on at home. I am at the home of Bomber Command. We are kept very busy, but our work is interesting, and otherwise. I keep wondering if my old workmates Hubert Nutter and Nick Dewhurst have been fortunate enough to be in the path of the Russian advance; it will be grand to meet them once more. Please remember me to Tommy Dickinson".
Cpl Jimmy Swift in a midland camp after three years in East Africa, writes, "This camp is situated about three miles from the nearest village, but we are issued with a bicycles, so that makes things easier. There is one other chap here who was with me in EA,. We are working eight hour shifts and are kept quite busy. All this wet weather and mud seems quite strange after the hot climate I have become used to. Remember me to all in the Forces and wish them the best of luck".
AC1 John Ball, Bretherton, writes, "It's been my turn to move this time, I have been here almost a fortnight now, and we are all kept very busy receiving wounded from the front by air, and many more jobs besides. I don't get much time off now-a-days. In fact I have not had a day off for a whole month. Things are not too bad on this Station except the weather and a few V2's, but we can't grumble about such small inconveniences".
Pilot Officer Dick Rymer writes, "I am a Flight Commander and have a grand bunch of chaps in my Flight. The job, however, like most things has much to be said for and against it, and has caused me much work. At present my wife and I are living in an hotel about five miles from the aerodrome. Please pass on my kind regards to all my relations and friends".
Ldg/A/M Vernon Ogden RN, writes from his famous ship, "Since I was home I have travelled a few thousand miles, and at present there is no end to it. I am sorry that I cannot tell you of my experiences in the past months, you would be very interested, but you will have seen something about them in the papers. I see in the NLs that quite a lot of lads are getting leave from BLA. In a recent letter my brother Ken said he ought to be getting leave fairly soon now".
Pte Harry Woosey writes "I have been away from my Unit for two days to our HQ, I had all my documents and my kit checked. One of the sgts there said it had something to do with demobilization. Please give my kind regards to all the lads and lasses, especially Jimmy Latham, Nick Taylor (Gorse Lane), and Charlie Scambler (Shore Road) who is in the RAF".
LAC Jack Clemmy (the pal of the late Tom Parkinson) writes from CMF,"I think that you will soon be seeing Harry Rigby, the chap I met at Marseilles, this coming July. We were both on the same boat leaving home, and with a bit of luck we shall get home together. Thanks for the NLs I see in one of them that my friend LAC Skelly was mentioned. I think he is serving in Algeria. The mail now is fairly good, sea mail is coming in much quicker, maybe because I am working in the UPO!!".
Dvr R Noble writes "I am now awaiting posting, but in the meantime I am working on a railway siding, and it is quite different to being in an Officers' Mess. I am looking forward to having some leave very shortly. Where I am stationed is three miles from the nearest village. I have not been out any night yet as there is no entertainment for us; so we just sit and read till
10 o'clock, and then all lights have to be put out".
Miner Joe Rimmer (Moss Side, Mere Brow), a Bevin Boy, writes from his mine in Northumberland, "My mate seems to enjoy reading the NLs as much as I do, and, as you know, that seems to be the case with the lads in the Forces. Will you remember me through the NL to my old neighbour, Henry Moss, and tell him I'll try and get as much coal as I can, as he will need plenty where he is".
(Note - Henry Moss, RAF is in Iceland.


1. A P S S E G A
The above is my allotment. If you start at the correct letter and draw an unbroken line with a pencil continuously through all the letters, passing through each one only once, you will find seven useful vegetables that I have planted in it. Once you have put your pencil on the very first letter you must not take it off the paper until you arrive at the last letter of the last vegetable. You must not go over the same letter twice.

2. Do you know this? Whatever figures you multiply by nine, the answer will always add up to nine. Thus 9 x 3 makes 27, and 2 and 7 make nine, or 9 x 6, makes 54, and 5 and 4 make 9; or 9 x 14 makes 126, and 1 plus 2 plus 6 makes nine etc. etc.

3. When Mr S-, an elderly man, married his secretary, their ages, added to that of the youngest bridesmaid, totalled exactly 101 years. The groom's age was just three times that of the bride, while the second figure of his age was just the age of the youngest bridesmaid. What were the ages of the bridegroom, the bride, and the youngest bridesmaid respectively?

4. Tom had twice as many marbles as Tim. Tom and Tim each gave Jim half a dozen, then Tom had three times as many as Tim.. How many had Tom and Tim to start with?

5. DONWOER. From these letters form one word.


. . . . . was . . . . .not to . . . . .far from . . . . .
The four missing words, represented by the dotted lines, are each made up of
all the letters given above. Can you complete the sentence.

7. Have you noticed this queer figure result?
Add together - 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 answer 45
"" "" - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 answer 45
Subtract 8,6,4,1,9,7,5,3,2 answer 45

8. George worked at the Mill called Nehesco, at Tarleton,
He loves trying new jobs, so he joined up
And is now in Burma slaying rampant slit-eyed Japs.
However, he emphatically denies that he uses
Any sort of electric appliances to kill them off,
For those are methods that he scorns.
On his left cheek is a scar from a bayonet wound,
He likes his beer, and maintains that of all the counties
In which to take a pub crawl, or a pub race, slow or fast,
All men who are intelligent swear Lancashire to be the best.

Each line in the above reveals one item of Demob outfit. The letters in each article are consecutive, and when you find themthey stare you in the face. What are the articles of dress depicted?


Flossie: "Before I married I told my husband all about my previous love affairs".
Fluffie: "Well, I certainly admire your courage and honesty, but what I admire most is your memory".

"It was my wife's birthday yesterday. I gave her some jewellery I once got from a millionaire".
"Oh, who was he"?

"Thank goodness we've only got three children"!
"Yes, three's a nice number, but why are you so thankful you have not any more"?
"Well, I just read in the paper that every fourth baby born in the world is a Chinese".

Schoolmaster: "If you put a barrel of beer and a barrel of water in front of a
donkey which would it drink"?
Bright Pupil: "Please, sir, the water; because he's an ass".

Henry: "I always keep your picture in mind".
Jane: "Don't, Henry, you make me feel so small".

There's one thing a man can always count on - his fingers

A famous tenor has recently volunteered for the Navy. He should be thoroughly at home on the High C's

Fussy Passenger: "Captain, do they have many wrecks in these parts"?
Captain: "No. You're the first I've seen for quite a long time".

No soldier, sailor or airman need now be stranded on Preston platform all night, nor start to walk home. The Rector has joined the Mayor of Preston's scheme for getting such men home at once by car. All you have to do, if you arrive at Preston between 10pm and 4.30am is to go to the RTO's Office and he will ring up the Rector (Tel Hesketh Bank 230), and the Rector's car will arrive within twenty minutes to fetch you home. For this purpose the Regional Petroleum Officer supplies him with the necessary coupons. The Rector has already brought home three local lads under this scheme.



1.Cauliflowers, Potatoes, Cabbages, Peas, Beans, Parsnips, Beet.

3. Mr S-, 69; Bride, 23; Bridesmaid, 9.

4. Tom 24, Tim 12.


6. Andrew was warned not to wander far from Darwen.

8. Coat; vest; pants; hat; cap; hose; scarf; ties; braces; Gents wear.

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