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29th March 1945
Double-over-the-Rhine number

My dear Boys and Girls,
This, of course, is really my double Easter number, but the great event of the week-end made me think that you will like me to associate this bumper number with it. Things now really do look like coming to a head and I pray that God may keep you all safe and give you a speedy victory. However, we must not allow earthly victories, however great, to overshadow the greatest Victory the world has ever known, the Victory of Christ our Saviour, over death. Easter has always been known as the Queen of Feasts because it proclaims the continuity of Life in and through the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour. "Even so, in Christ, shall all be made alive." We cannot claim this great gift as a right, but we can gain it as a privilege but only if we are prepared to fulfil our part of the Divine contract. Only, that is, if we are prepared to make ourselves one with Christ. Well, there is my little Easter sermon. So again the very best of good fortune and may God bless you always. Ever your affectionate friend and padre, L.N.FORSE.

Mr. James Forshaw has bought Connor's house, next to Douglas's in Blackgate Lane and intends to live there. Mrs. Forshaw's sister will come to live at the shop, with her husband. Mr. James Forshaw does not intend to retire from the shop.
Olga Keane, who for some time has been a patient in Ormskirk Hospital, died there on Friday and was buried at Tarleton on Tuesday. She was 35 years old.
Mr. Giddon, the photographer died on Friday and was cremated at Carleton Crematorium, near Blackpool, on Monday, after a service in the Tarleton Methodist Chapel.
The Brownies, under the guidance of Sally Baybutt, held a small sale in the schools on Saturday afternoon in aid of their own funds and the Preston Railway Station Free Buffet for Servicemen. They raised £38.17s.
For the first time since the war began palm crosses were distributed to the congregation in Tarleton Parish Church last Sunday (Palm Sunday). In the afternoon the day school children, as usual, took the service - Roy Barron, son of Tom Barron, newsagent; Robert Davies, Liverpool evacuee who lives with Mrs. Thompson, read the Lessons; Brian Barron, son of Arthur Barron, tailor, read the prayers, and John Barron, son of Stanley Barron, Withy Tree Farm, carried the processional Cross. There was a choir of 30 children.
Tarleton lads beat Croston lads at football in a match played on Tarleton Council School playing field, on Saturday, 7-2.
Hesketh Bank had a huge auction sale in the Methodist schools H.B. last Saturday, in aid of their Welcome Home Fund and raised the substantial sum of £300.
Joey Kean, who is in the A.T.S.arrived home from B.L.A. on Saturday night on compassionate leave owing to the death of her sister.
Kenneth Baxendale, who as reported in last week's issue, was wounded while fighting in B.L.A., is now in a hospital in the South of England. The rector hopes to go down to see him shortly.
Mr. C. Wright, a former member of the Staff of the 'Preston Guardian', has bought the bungalow belonging to Mr. Robert Latham J.P., on Plox Brow, and is now living there with his daughter who is married to Corpl. Dormer, Sports' Officer, at an R.A.F. station. Corpl. Dormer is a member of the 'Snapshots from Home' League.
The rector thanks Dvr. John Caunce for sending the Italian edition of the Union Jack to him every week. He finds it most interesting.

Abraham Wright; Will Wright; Fred Burns; Tom Spencer; Harry Price; Horace Hornby (H.B.). Young Robert Harrison (Tarleton Moss) is seriously ill with pneumonia. Mr. Catchpole asks the rector to send, through the N.L., his best wishes to John Caunce, Hugh Melling, and his other friends in H.M. Forces.

Dvr. Jack Robinson writes from B.L.A. "I am writing this letter by the fire in the Guard Room, as I have been on guard all night and it is 5 o'clock in the morning. My old mate Victor Tootill is quite near to me here and I am hoping to see him at the week-end. Please thank the M.U., B. Club; and Cons.; for their very welcome gifts. Remember me to all in the Forces also to my cousin Vera and say that I hope she is well again, and also to Arthur Harrison."
Dvr. John Caunce writes his weekly letter from C.M.F. "I have just come back from a five day trip, only my wagon going, so I had a chance to look around to see if I could find any of the lads, but I had no success. It is exactly 23 months to this date since I left England's shores, and I am looking forward to seeing them again soon.
Radio Officer Jack Waters sends a letter from his ship dated Dec. 18th, 1944, together with a Christmas card. Both arrived at the rectory this week. He says "I have just received a batch of N.Ls. The place I am in now is very much like home; a party of us were invited to a dance last night and today we were taken round town. I have had a letter from Arthur Proctor and we are hoping to meet out here. When I had read my N.Ls I placed them on the cabin desk while attending to a job on deck. On returning to the cabin the N.L had disappeared, but I soon located them, for the ship's monkey had pinched them and was busily devouring them."
Sign. James Waters, Radio Security Coy, writes from India Command, "In company with other chaps who have written to you, I too can say that the NL comes through when all else fails. I'm taking a keen interest in your post-war planning, and I think that if we fail to plan a 'Peace' after planning the greatest victory in history, we deserve another war. It will be quite futile if our mighty army demobs into our pre-war cliques and prejudices. Give my kind regards to all Tarleton and Hesketh Bank folk and, of course, to all the lads and lasses in the forces."
L/Sgt Tom Tindsley writes from B.L.A. "After five long years the NL is as fresh and as welcome as the first edition. I think your recent plan to have a "Queries answered" section to the NL is a good idea. Do you mind if I start the ball rolling? Has anything definite been done with regard to finding Tarleton men now serving in HM Forces homes in their own loved district when they return? Or are some such plans under discussion? If not, from accounts of the prices reached at the various sales of local houses all I can visualise for the Serviceman is a hen-roost or something. My best wishes to all in the Forces."
E.R.M. Dick Burns, R.N., writes from his ship "I would like you to go all out over the housing problem. I know you are doing so, and I trust that your efforts will be successful in a very difficult job, as I am sure that it is the most serious of all our problems. Please pass on my best regards to my brothers Jim(BLA) George (BLA), Tom (CMF) and Fred (somewhere in England), also to Hugh and Mick Melling."
Pte. Robert Barron (Hesketh Lane) writes from B.L.A. "I now find myself somewhere in Germany and well on the way towards winning your medal. A few days ago we had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Churchill and Field-Marshall Montgomery. The food is very good here and so are the billets. Remember me through the NL to my cousins Bert and Ann Barron, and also to my pals Walter Rawsthorne and Tom Rigby."
Pte. Robert Hull writes from B.L.A. "Thanks for the NLs. They are `just the job` for the boys away from home. Tell Harry Harrison he will have a big job at the present moment in beating me into Berlin for your Berlin medal. Remember me to Bill and Jim Harrison, Jack Marsden, Ken Dandy, and all the rest of the lads who are helping to beat Hitler."
Stoker Jack Twist R.N. writes from his famous submarine, somewhere beneath the ocean wave "A few days ago I received five NLs. I was very sorry to hear about Petty Officer Jimmy Sutton being killed in the Navy as we were pals together at school. I was lucky a few weeks ago as I had a long chat with Bill Ball from Hesketh Bank. It's great when you meet someone from your own village. Please give my kind regards to all the girls and boys both at home and abroad."
L/Cpl. Harry Hindley (Moss Lane) writes from B.L.A. "We are billeted at present in a school in a village which has been rather badly knocked about. Not a sign of a `civvy` as they have all evacuated. When I changed stations I actually travelled by train. It was not a Pullman car, but a Jerry van, you know the 8 horses and 48 men kind. It was a standing up ride, and very damp and draughty. My best wishes to all my old friends, especially Tom Southworth, Roger Watson, Dick Rymer, Fred and Barbara Coupe, Tom Smith, Malcolm Parkinson, and all the Astland Tennis Club. Happy days, those!!"
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from B.L.A. "I told you in my last letter when I was hoping to be home. Well, I have changed dates with one of the boys so that I can be home, I hope, for all Easter.
So I hope to be in Church on Easter Day. I went into a Church the other day that had been badly damaged and I was surprised to see so many crucifixes and even in the houses it is just the same. I was always under the impression that these people had only one god, and that was Hitler."
LAC Freddy Coupe writes from the West Indies "At the moment I am finding plenty to do. The Cricket Test matches between Trinidad and Barbados have started, and it's certainly good cricket to watch. They do know how to play cricket out here. I have been playing cricket myself, just a little, but I'm afraid I'm not very expert at it. I have not been swimming lately because it is rather difficult getting to the beach, but I do get an occasional game of tennis."
Dvr. Harry Price writes from N. Ireland "Many thanks for your recent kindness in arranging transport from Preston Station when I was stranded at 2.30 am one morning the week before last. You can see by the address that I am now well and truly with the "Murphy Breed", and so far I am enjoying every minute of it. Please convey to all my pals my sincere greetings, especially to my brother Bert, Tom and Hubert Tindsley, George Almond and others."
AB Will Ball (Moss Lane) writes "You will see from my address that I am now in a different abode, and I like it very much. In fact I would not mind if they forgot all about me; but I am very much afraid that they won't. In the near future I guess I shall be told off for a new ship!!"
Pte. George Farrington writes "I am writing this letter in the Y.M.C.A. I have just been taking a look round Scotland's' capital. It seems a very nice place with plenty of cinemas and places of entertainment. Also there are about six canteens. Will you please convey my best wishes to all the boys and girls in HM Forces."
Gunner Tom Fazackerly writes from somewhere in Wales "We finished our RADAR course yesterday and now we are on guns, and it should be quite interesting. We had a very interesting ride down to this camp. Many a time I thought the train was going to run into the ocean, the railway ran right alongside. Remember me to all the lads and lasses."
L/Cpl. Ernie Nicholson writes "I have just received the bumper NL. There is nothing much I can tell you about this place. It is not as big as Tarleton by a long way, and the camp is a very poor standard. I would like to be remembered to Abraham Wright, Norman Barron, and all the Tarleton lads. I met L/cpl Arthur Worth in Carlisle last Saturday. He is only the second Tarleton man I have met away from home, the other being Harry Crook whom I met about 3 1/2 years ago."
Flight Sergeant David Hanson writes "Down here we still have a few "Doodle bugs" flying around, but they aren't things to worry about. In a few weeks time I am hoping to get a spot of leave, but I expect that there will be lots of work for me on the farm at Hundred End."
LL/Cpl. Arthur Worth writes "I have been on another convoy run somewhere in England, starting at 6.30 am. and arriving back at 11.45pm. - quite a long day. I saw some of the nicest country in the British Isles, and also went up one of the steepest hills in the country. To make it more hazardous one of our lorries broke down and I had to tow it up this steep hill. It was another of the many uncanny experiences I have had whilst in the Army. Yesterday I went to Carlisle for a few hours and whilst there I met Ernie Nicholson. We had quite a nice chat and have arranged to meet again. Remember me to all the boys and girls in the Forces."
Pte. Barbara Coupe A.T.S. writes "Yesterday the first batch of A.T.S. from here went on 14 days embarkation leave. They are all volunteers and,of course, do not know their destination. News from these parts is very scarce at the moment, so I will sign off and do a bit of spit and polish ready for the one and only pay parade."
ACI John Ball writes "My job consists mainly of "seeing them off," and "seeing them in again", after which we give the aircraft a thorough inspection,clean down and refuel ready for the next job. While the 'kite' is flying we usually take it easy, but if it's a test flight the mechanics get the chance of a `flip`, which is quite a break from normal routine. I believe that Harry Woosey is stationed quite near here, but I haven't seen him yet. I would like you to remember me to all my friends in the Forces including Bob Iddon, Leslie Clarkson, Arthur Harrison."
Dvr. Robert Noble writes "I am sorry that I have not written lately but I have been messed about, and now I am in a different company. I am in a draft for overseas, but I do not know for what part of the world, but I will find out soon enough. I enjoyed my stay at the Rectory on Friday night and also my visit to the Young People's Fellowship at the schools. Note that I have changed my address. It is a better company, no work, just cleaning our kit."
Henry Baybutt(a Bevin boy) writes from the Miners' Hostel "I have just been talking to George Caunce and he handed me a NL, in it I read that you had managed to get me, John Spencer, Jeff Pickup and Joe Rimmer into the mine at ---. I write to thank you for all the trouble you have taken."
Joe Rimmer writes from his mine to say "It will be grand if I can work with Jeff Pickup and be home every night. This colliery has started again after the Strike which lasted just over a week. There were only a few Bevin boys working, and one or two men, and it did seem quiet and strange with everything at a standstill. Remember me to Norman Wright through the NL."
George Caunce writes from his mine saying, "I have finished my training on the surface and am now working underground. I am working right on the pit bottom near the shaft. You know that Henry Baybutt is here with me, and he says he does not mind the job at all. We had an ENSA show here but there was not much life in it, it was more on the Opera side. We also had a film show given by M.O.I., and a Dance in the dining hall."

1. The Rector called all the lads together on the barrack square and gave them a special message before they crossed the Rhine. Here are the lads drawn up on parade,and within the square you will find his message. What did the rector say to them. If you can find the first letter of the message put your pencil on it, then draw an unbroken line through all the letters, passing through each one only once, and when you have passed through every letter in the square in the right order you will find the message. Once you have put your pencil on the first letter you must not take it off the paper until you arrive at the last letter in the message; and you must not pass over the same letter twice. Well, here is the message:

2. The other evening the Jones family were checking up their War Savings Certificates. Father, mother, two sons and 2 daughters had an aggregate of £200 invested. Father's and mother's totalled £124. Mary's savings equalled Gracie's and Peter's combined. Mother had three times as much as Gracie invested. John had twice as much as Peter. Mary and Peter combined held certificates representing just half the value of father's. How much had each (in exact pounds?).

3. E G G S
In this simple sum the letters stand for numbers. What are they?

4. We all know how fond the Army is of giving initials instead of the whole words, so Servicemen should do this puzzle easily. What popular proverbs do the following stand for?

1. M H L S
2. T B D N M A W
3. H I T B P
4. L B Y L
5. O B T S
6. A R S G N M

Hubby: "Four pounds for a spring hat. It's a sin."
Wifey: "Never mind dearest, the sin will be on my own head.

Chauffeur: "I really don't know how the accident happened.What I know about cars would fill a book."
Policeman: "Yes, and what you don't know about them would fill a hospital."

Well done boys,you will soon be in Berlin and then "Home Sweet Home" and Thank you..
2Father £76, Mother £48, Mary £27, John £22, Grace £16, Peter £11.
3 B A C O N E G G S 4. More haste - less speed. Two blacks do not
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 make a white. Honesty is the best policy. Look
6 7 8 9 before you leap. Once bitten twice shy.
1 2 3 4 5 A rolling stone gathers no moss.
1 9 1 3 4

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