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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS LETTER
March 15th 1945
March 5th, 1945
Lady-in-Waiting is commanded by the Queen to thank the Rev. L N
Forse for the copies of the News Letter which he has sent out every
week for the past five years to the Tarleton men and women in the
Forces of the King.
The Queen has read the News Letter with great interest, and feels
that it must indeed carry a precious breath of home life to his
parishioners who receive it. The Lady-in-Waiting is to send Her
Majesty's very good wishes to Mr Forse and his people.
Rev L N Forse.
above is a copy of the letter received by the Rector on Wednesday
morning from Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen.
Of course the great news this week is of the visit of THE KING AND
QUEEN to Tarleton. They were visiting West Lancashire and on the
way from Ormskirk to Preston slowed down outside the Old Church.
Four Flag Poles, each 30ft high were erected outside the Church
gates, flying 6ft flags, the children of all the Tarleton and Mere
Brow Schools lined up outside with some hundreds of small flags.
Mr Waterhouse with a red flag slowed down the Royal Procession just
about Dandy's (Oak Cottage), on the brow, Mr Corless, the new Headmaster
of our Church Schools, with a green flag gave the signal to the
royal chauffeur to put his foot on the accelerator at the bottom
of the brow. All Tarleton turned out to see their Majesties. The
British Legion, Men's Branch and Women's Section came with their
Standards. The Queen waved and the King smiled as they passed the
children who cheered frantically. The Rector spent two hefty days
making preparations and getting things ready. The Royal Party lunched
at the County Offices in Fishergate.
The newly formed Youth Fellowship in connection with our Church
organisation held its first meeting in the Schools on Friday evening.
Tarleton lads played Bretherton at Football on Saturday and lost
1 - 5.
Mr Barron's house (Old Post Office), and cottage attached, at corner
of Church Road and Gorse Lane, was sold by auction on Saturday,
and was bought by Jack Mee, Butcher for £1,730.
Mrs David Rimmer (nee Betty Abram), the Old Smithy, has presented
her husband with their first child - a girl.
Harry Crabtree sold his greenhouses and land in Blackgate Lane by
auction last Saturday afternoon. They fetched £950.
The Rector christened the following babies last Sunday: -
John Clive Ashton, Hesketh Lane, grandson of the Ashtons of New
Ronald Stephen Clayton, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, son of
Mary Margaret (nee Mary Iddon of Carr Lane) and Dennis Clayton.
Thompson's Dutch Barn, Dandy's Farm opposite Webster's, Church Road,
caught fire on Saturday night, but the local NFS, under command
of Company Commander Harry Hodge, put it out before it had done
any considerable damage.
John Spencer, a Bevin Boy had his hand damaged in the mine and is
at home on sick leave.
William Harrison (Holmes); Harry Woosey, Robert Edmondson, (Embarkation);
Hugh Melling (Embarkation); Dick Blundell; Alan Jay.
Mrs Spencer Wright, (nee Nellie Rimmer), Moss Side, Mere Brow, has
presented her husband with their first child.
Mrs Mullarkey (nee Betty Taylor), Mere Brow, has presented her husband
with their second child, a second son.
Sgt Fred Forshaw, RE. writes from, India. "I am playing cricket
again very regularly, and on Sunday morning I make my second debut
on the Viceregal grounds against the Viceregal Staff. The Viceroy
and the Auk are quite familiar to me now, and Lady Wavell, who does
a lot for the troops here in Delhi, especially those coming down
from the front. A fortnight tomorrow we have the Delhi Point to
Point races, and you can guess where I shall be on that day. Last
Sunday we had an unusual rugger match - the Airborne versus the
Chairborne. The visitors arrived by parachute all ready to kick
off. They dropped from a Troop Carrier at a height of 350ft; it
looked dead easy. Tell any local lads who find themselves out here
that I call at Irwin Stadium, my billet, will always find me".
AB Ken Dandy airmails from his ship, "In the NL I notice that
Tom Dickinson has been fairly close to me at Piraeus, in Greece.
Has he said there was a gradely fight, but no skylark. I may bump
into him one of these days, and there is nothing I would like better
than to meet my old pal. My kind regards to all my friends in the
Forces, and at home, and return good wishes to Tom Dickinson, and
greetings to my brother Tom, and my brother-in-law Bill Bridge".
Sapper Abraham Wright writes from BLA, "Until I came into this
campaign I hardly realised that a modern war could be so contrary
to common sense or to the natural law of mankind. I have not met
any of my own particular pals from our district, but I can honestly
say that when one is in the Army 90% of the men can be real friends,
and when the time comes for me to return to civvy street I shall
not forget them. Please convey, through the NL, my greetings to
the men and women in the Forces, and to all the folks at home".
L/S Jimmy Latham writes from his ship, "I cannot tell you of
my activities, for one thing there is a censor, for another I have
a very strict code of security which I think must be kept up. The
other day I had an NL dated Lent 1943. It must have chased me round
my own country and one or two more by the addresses it had on it".
Dvr John Caunce airmails from CMF, "I have had a letter from
Billy Harrison and he tells me that he followed our convoy route
for ten miles but he could not get to see me. I wish I could have
seen him for then we could have had a good talk about old times
and the good days we used to have at the Rectory, and I hope to
spend many more of them when I get back. My kind regards to all,
not forgetting John Spencer".
CMS Edgar Wait writes from BLA, "My pals are amazed at the
bond of friendship between Tarletonians serving in all spheres of
operations, which is brought about by the extracts from letters
published in the NL, so that all can share each other's news and
views. My brother George is still serving with me and has asked
me to send you his kind regards. Please give my kind regards to
all the boys and girls in the Forces, especially to my Brother Joe".
L/Cpl Ken Robshaw airmails from India, "I am kept very busy
these days. As perhaps you already know I am RQMS's clerk and Dispatcher,
which is a very important post to hold out here. I ran the big football
match last week, England versus Scotland, at Delhi Station. Scotland
won by two goals to nil. The NL and Parish Magazine have reached
me in ten days, which is good going".
Cpl William Bridge writes from BL, "Everything over here is
going OK, and the weather itself is getting more like Spring every
day. Leave is the main topic of conversation at the moment, and
everyone, including myself, is looking forward to it. Give my kind
regards to my brothers-in-law Tom and Ken Dandy, and please notice
my new address. I see in the NL that my old pal Dick Sephton is
on his way home. Please give him my very kind regards and wish him
a good and speedy voyage".
Sapper George Barker writes from BLA, "I have started this
letter and now I don't know what to write about. Please, through
the NL pass on my congratulations to Frank Hewitson on his recent
marriage. Norman Barron was saying that he saw a truck go by the
other day with 'Tarleton' written on it, but he had no chance of
attracting the Driver's attention. We managed to turn out a football
team on Sunday, and beat the nearby town 4 - 2".
LAC Freddy Coupe writes from the West Indies, "Since I last
wrote I've been very active/ I've seen quite a few cricket matches,
mostly Test Trials, and at the moment we play Barbados. I've seen
quite a few of the West Indies 1939 Test Team. Yesterday I spent
on the beach, swimming etc., and had quite a good time".
Dvr Sam Iddon airmails from CMF, "I wish to send, through the
NLs my best wishes to the following: - Vernon and Ken Ogden, also
to Cpl Jimmy Burns, the Tindsleys, my last cricket pals, and Abel
Bickerstaffe, hoping that we may all meet again soon. I am receiving
the NLs very regularly, and thank you for them".
Dvr Tom Alty writes from BLA, "I am now inside Germany, in
a district where there has been some heavy fighting, but we have
to expect that. The weather is very bitter and it keeps on trying
to snow. But I think that the worst weather is over now. Please
note my new address.