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19th April 1945

My dear Boys and Girls,
I am waiting anxiously for the great Bumper Victory Number which I hope to send you the minute we hear that the war in Europe has been declared over.
So far everything seems to be going well, and we keep our ears to the radio expecting every minute to hear the good news. I am going to London next week on several matters of business and one of the first things I have to do is to see about the Berlin medals which I have to give to three of you at any rate. It will be a lasting souvenir and the winners should be proud to own it all their lives. I am now very busy indeed with the housing problem for I find from the answers to the questionnaire that quite a number of you are in need of reasonably cheap houses either to rent or to buy, I will let you know how I am getting on when I get more detailed particulars. Well, my space is up, so once more I must finish my personal letter to you all with wishing you all the best, and a speedy return home. With my love, my prayers, and my Blessing, ever your affectionate old friend, L.N.FORSE.

Captain Fred Croft, eldest son of Dr. and Mrs. Croft, was in Oflag 79,the p-o-w camp overrun by the Allies. At the time of going to press we have not heard whether he is safe.
Frank Foulds is lying seriously ill in a hospital in Lincoln. His mother went to see him directly she was informed.
Fred Parr,of Bretherton,taken prisoner on May 29 1940,has been liberated by the Russians when they overran his p-o-w camp in Germany. His mother has been officially notified of his safety. She immediately put out the biggest flag she could find.
Mrs. William Ascroft, Coe Lane, died on Monday and was cremated at Carleton Crematorium, near Blackpool, on Friday. Before the cremation there was a service in the Methodist Chapel, Church Road.
Big Dance in the Conservative Hall on Tuesday in aid of the Welcome Home Fund. It made over £50.
The Hoole Church of England Young Folks' Concert Party gave a really excellent show at the Methodist Sunday School last Friday in aid of the Welcome and Welfare Fund. We thank them.
Hugh Melling, R.A.F., is now in the far east.
The rector thanks Will Ellison, now in C.M.F. for the very charming cigarette case which he has received safely. He greatly values the kindly thought which prompted such a gift.
Laund, the large house in Hesketh Lane where Mr. Stansfield the dog fancier used to live,but now occupied by Mr. Woodward, is being sold by auction on Wednesday with vacant possession. Mr. Edward Moss is the auctioneer.
Stanley House, Moss Lane, where Ribey's used to live, and was afterwards a Club, is also being sold by auction.
Peggy Stringfellow (Chapel Rd.H.B.) was married on Saturday in the R.C.Church, Hesketh Lane, to a lad from Burscough.

John Ball(Church Road); Frank Taylor; Harry Baxter(Chick,H.B.); Sandy Laing; Tom Walsh; Noel Clark; Harry Iddon (Gorse Lane). The Union Jack was flown at half mast during the week end as a token of respect to the late President Roosevelt, our great ally. Jimmy Jackson, Weaver's Fold, Bretherton, was married on Wakefield to an A.T.S. girl who lives there. Jimmy is on leave from Italy.

Sgt. Fred Forshaw airmails from India "This is Sunday; you should be home from Church having breakfast, and I shall soon be going across to tea. Perhaps if all your parishioners did a year out here they might be more easily persuaded to lead a better life. Last Sunday we had C-in-C's Party, with massed Band and a March Past after your own heart. This was an all-Indian effort, and in their scarlet, blue, gold etc. Sunday best, they looked terrific. The show went on well after dark when the searchlights came on. The splendour of the Hyderabad Guards has to be seen to be believed. Retreat was played on 50 bugles without a single fault, to the roar of 40 side drums. An old veteran standing next to me, looking exactly like the original Gunga Din, with more medal ribbons than Goering, gave me all the necessary particulars about the various Indian regiments, with special emphasis on his own, the Rajputs."
Dvr. Billy Whittle writes from B.L.A. "I suppose all the lads will be a bit happier now that the War is nearly over. I was sorry to hear that Ken Baxendale has been wounded. He was one of the `big four` of my schoolmates, the others being Bobbie Edmondson, Frank Taylor and Arnold Iddon. I speak for all of us when I ask you to convey our best wishes to Ken and the hope that he will soon be in blighty. I am seeing quite a bit of Germany now, I am sick of the sight of all these `square heads`. We have pinched some billets and the folk look none too pleased about it. One of the women was crying yesterday because she had lost some knives and forks. I wonder if she ever thought of our own people, and what they lost in the 1940 blitz."
LAC Eric Ball writes from B.L.A. "One item of news in the NL dated March 22nd was of particular interest to me. It was about Ken Baxendale being wounded in action. You may be interested to learn that I am now in Germany and have been for several weeks. The news has certainly made us feel very confident that the end is not very far off. I am very well and feeling the benefit of living an open air life once again. The NL still comes through as regular as clockwork, and I am still as keen as ever to get it."
T.R.Hubert Thompson R.N., writes from his ship "I'm writing this letter in our workshop; there are usually quite a few of us in here at night, but tonight I am the only one. There is not much to write about; well, there is really, but it would be crossed out by the censor. The weather is lovely and last night I was sitting out on the upper deck, it was so nice. Please remember me to Robert Howard, Ken Dandy, Fred Bentham and Jack Twist; also to Les Tiffen (Chapel Lane, H.B.) I don't know if Les gets your NL but I used to give him mine after I had finished reading them, but I have not heard from him since he left the ship. P.S. I saw Harry Alty this morning, he was going into the Barracks to pick up another Draft."
Sgt. Hubert Tindsley writes "When I was in the desert many a time I used to throw my mind back to Tarleton. This weekend was just as though I was seeing Tarleton as I had dreamed it to be. If any of the lads serving overseas should read this, I know they will feel homesick and be saying to themselves how they wish they could be as fortunate as me to be able to see home and the village during the lovely season of Spring. My best wishes to all the boys and girls in the Forces, especially to Cousin Tom Tindsley, Harry Crook, the Price boys, Sam Iddon, with whom I have spent some pleasant Saturday afternoon's cricket."
Gunner Nick Taylor (Church Road) writes "I look forward to the arrival of the NL just as much now as when I received my first one as a raw recruit in the Army. I never seem to have the pleasure of running across any of the boys of the village in my Army wanderings, but I am hoping to see them all in our mutual celebrations of Victory which, I trust, will soon be an accomplished fact. We get very little entertainment in our present station but are compensated by the beautiful surroundings at this time of year."
Flight-Sergeant Lawrence Hunter (Hoole) writes from overseas "As you will notice I have travelled quite a long way since I last wrote to you. Nevertheless I have been receiving the NL regularly. The NL circulation by now must be enormous, and there must be very few countries now to which at least one of them is not sent. I don't think it will be long now before you are naming the first Tarleton man into Berlin, the winner of your medal. I arrived home from the Middle East at the end of January, just in time to see a bit of snow. I had a short period of leave and intended to pay you a call, but unfortunately I was recalled so my visit had to be postponed."
Pte Peter Guy airmails from S.E.A.C. "I've been very busy fighting the Japs. I spent a few days at Mandalay after we opened the Ava Bridge. It was re-opened by the 2nd Division of which I am proud to be a member. It was the All British 2nd Division who stopped the Japs from invading India. The Jap knows what to expect when he sees the Cross-Keys, Churchill's White Butchers is what the Jap radio calls them. I was sorry to hear about Miss Chapman's accident and hope that she is now O.K. Remember me to all Tarletonians in the Forces."

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