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No: 270
7th 1945

My dear Boys and Girls,
Now that the Censorship is lifted a little, I am finding your letters very interesting indeed. It is nice to know more or less where you all are, and as you will see from the "Extracts" given I always try and include a bit which will help your old friends from the village to find you. There should be some very pleasant reunions now. Also I think that I shall be quite in order in giving the number of your Unit in the NL beside your name as I take the extracts from your letters. This should help still more to locate you. I am always pleased to hear that old village friends have met and so, too, are all your friends at home. One last word, don't forget, when you arrive home on leave after the last bus has gone, to telephone me HB 230. Well, here's looking forward to the great day when everyone is at home for good, and my car can, like the saints the psalmist mentions, rejoice in its bed in the rectory garage.
With my love, my gratitude and my Blessing, ever your affectionate old friend, L.N.FORSE.


Mrs. Susannah Hodson, who used to live in the cottage next to Abram's Smithy, died at Blackgate Lane on Tuesday and was buried at Tarleton on Friday. She was 79 years of age.
Sgt. George Williams, RAF, brother of Walter Williams, was on Saturday at Croston Parish Church, married to Jane Ashcroft of Croston. The rector of Croston and the Bridegroom's brother, the Rev. Charles Williams, officiated. The Reception and Wedding Breakfast were held in the Boys' School and the Honeymoon was spent at Morecambe.
On Thursday evening last a short Service was held in the Parish Church to which all our ex-POWs from Germany were specially invited together with their families and friends to return thanks to Almighty God for their safe release from captivity. There was a good attendance.
ON LEAVE: Frank Foulds, Eva Foulds, Harold Aspey, Fred Pollard, Horace Hornby, T.H.Iddon (HB), Harry Woosey, Peter Dawson (HB), Jimmy Latham, Fred Carr (CMF), Ronnie Cook (BLA), Jimmy Burns (BLA).
The rector's car was called out four nights last week to bring back lads home on leave from BLA and CMF. He took lads to Leyland, Croston, Penwortham, Longton, Rufford, as well as his own Tarleton lads. Don't forget the Rector's phone number HB 230.
Mrs. E.Williams, 3 Out Lane, Croston, has written to the rector asking him when he goes abroad, to try and contact her son, Gdsn.J.D.Williams, who is now in Austria. She says he was very friendly with Sid Ball, Gorse Lane, and also worked with Harley McKean at Croston Co-op.
The Sunday School Tea Parties have been fixed. Methodists for June 9th, the Church for June 16th. Silcocks is coming with all his tackle.
The Rector is calling a public meeting next week about the housing problem.
The closing date for application to be considered for the rector's Berlin Medals is June 30th. All applications must be in before then. They are for: first Tarleton lad in Berlin; first to park his aeroplane on a recognised aerodrome nearest to Berlin; first to anchor his ship in Kiel Canal.
The Rector is also offering very nice souvenir brooches to Tarleton girls abroad in the Forces, but has not yet decided what are to be the qualifications. Perhaps some of the lads might suggest qualifications for these girls' medals. 10/- prize offered for each suggestion adopted.

Sgt. Ernie Ball writes from India "We arrived here a couple of days ago after a tiring journey, and on the way up we passed through the town where Fred (Forshaw) is stationed, but unfortunately we did not stop. I left Jack Ashcroft last Sunday as we were going different ways. So this is what they call the mystic east!! Well, give me the North West anytime. After seeing what we did see in some of these places during our 5-days train journey I don't think this country is ready yet for self-government. I sleep next door to a temple and the strangest noises emerge when they start to pray, it sounds like people running around with their throats cut."
Dvr. John Caunce airmails from CMF "I hope if you do manage to get over here to see us I shall be able to spend a few days with you. So look out for 41 on the wagons; then you will soon find me. If you could call in for a few hours at least it would be like old times again. I only wish I could have the job of driving you round for you will need someone who is used to driving on the right hand side. If you do come be sure to bring plenty of cigarettes with you."
L/Bdr. A.Danks writes from CMF "I am a stranger to you, but I want to let you know what a good thing your NL is. I am in the same Battery as Sidney Ball, and believe me there is a rush between some of us to see who gets the NL first after Sid has read it. I have been reading it ever since we came out here, and I hope I shall read it as long as it is issued. Sid asks me to inform you that we are in Austria."
ERM Dick Burns airmails from his Ship "You know the old NL which will be worth keeping? It is the one we are all looking forward to, and that is when you say "Well boys and girls, this is the last NL"!!! I still have the pleasure of seeing Dick Gabbott about once a week as he is not very far from me. I believe he is expecting Harley McKean back any day now, so that will be another local lad to meet. I see that our Fred is overseas, so that means that all the five of we brothers are overseas, and also my three brothers-in-law, so please remember me to them and also to the Mellings, Bert, Hugh and Nick."
Trooper George West writes from BLA "The other night Fred Burns walked 5 miles to find me, and we made the best of a short time. I took him back about two o'clock in the morning as his boat left at 4.30, returning to Brussels. He wants you to remember him to all his brothers and friends. Fred makes a very smart soldier and is on vehicle movement."
Cpl. William Bridge writes from BLA "Owing to certain circumstances I cannot give you any address at present; so please don't write again until I send you my new address. Perhaps in a week or two I shall be able to give it to you. Give my regards to my brothers-in-law Tom and Ken Dandy."
AB Tom Dickinson writes from his Ship "I have seen Sicily, Naples, Leghorn and Genoa, and plenty other small ports and harbours. I have been away from Greece now for six weeks, and am now in Italy. The most lovely place I have seen is Santa Margaretta. From the sea it is like a fairy town tucked away among the hills, which are covered with trees and flowers. The towns and cities are terrible, and do they smell!! I had a posh `do` on VE Day. I was on duty on the jetty doing sentry. All the ships blew their whistles and horns for nearly two hours. It deafened us. The population went nearly mad. My kind regards to all especially Bob Howard, Ken Dandy and Tom Bolton."
LAC Malcolm Parkinson writes from BLA "A few weeks back I was able to find the grave of my uncle who was killed in France in 1918. I was glad because no one else in our family has seen it before. Recently the weather has been excellent, and as we had previously laid out pitches on the aerodrome we have been enjoying ourselves playing various games. I expect to be at home for 9 days pretty soon."
Cpl. Harry Cookson writes from BLA "I have only seen one man from Tarleton since I have been out here, and that was Bill Barker. I have often tried to see Jimmy Burns for we have been with their tanks in many battles but I have never had the luck to see him. I have been in Germany quite a while now, the first time was on Nov. 18th 1944. Give my kind regards to all my friends in the Forces not forgetting my two brothers-in-law, Harry and Ronnie also Jimmy Leacy my old pal."
2 PO/A.M.Vernon Ogden writes from his Ship "I am on a land base. It is a very nice place and I consider myself very lucky. It is more or less a rest camp for lads who have come in from sea to get us ready for the next big job out East. In a recent letter from home I was told that Dick Barnish was on his way home. It is nearly five years since we met each other. It takes two or three weeks for the NLs to reach me as they go via the ship."
CMS Jimmy Leacy writes, "I have been waiting nearly six years to receive the two NLs which have arrived during the past two weeks. I refer to the Victory Number, and to the one I received this morning, telling of some of my pals returning home after being POWs for so long. What a grand day it will be for us to be back again in Tarleton and to know that we have not to go back after seven days."
Sig. Edward Harrison (Fermor Road) writes from BLA "Now that letters have ceased to be censored I can tell you that we are at a little place in Germany called Bad Essen; a lovely little place about two miles from Osnabruck. Only one thing is the matter with it, and that is too many guards. We only get one night off. We are on vulnerable point guard, troop guard, Battery Guard, Regimental guard, in fact it is nearly all guards; but all the same it is much better than shells coming at you all the time. I will have to close to get ready for guard, but roll on demobbing, so that we can get our one way ticket."
Dvr. Robert Noble airmails from CMF "We have quite a good time on VE Day. We had donkey-racing and different kinds of sport, but we held a Church Service first. We are still training just like we did in England. I have tried to get hold of my cousin's (John Caunce) address out here but I have failed so far, but I will try again. (Dvr.J.Caunce, W/S Platoon, 313 Coy. RASC (GT).
Pte. Jack Parker airmails from SEAC "Sorry to have to change my address so often, but you will have to blame the ADMS this time. Well, you have seen one of the days you have prayed for and worked for. I had an EPM from my brother Syd who has been a p-o-w 4 1/2 years. His message was from Liverpool "Am safe and well". It is now time I put my head on the pillow and thanked God that I have a pillow."
Pte. Joe Power writes from BLA "We have recently been told that we can state our geographical positions when writing. I am at present in a fine old town of Lubeck very close to the Baltic Sea. This town is one of the very few which has escaped the RAF. Life generally seems to be just normal, but there is not an item to be bought in the shops. Close by is a factory where V Bombs were manufactured, and other weapons that have not yet been investigated."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA "We are still in the village of Zeven and are busy painting the guns. The house in which we are billeted belonged to some real Nazis. There were swastikas all over it, and we have dug up some S.S. uniforms. I was hoping at one time that we should have been in the running for your Berlin Medal, but the Russians are there. We are more like prisoners now, we can't fraternise or speak to the Germans, but there are lots of Russians and Poles here."
LAC Freddy Coupe writes from the West Indies "I saw the film of the Royal Family's visit to Lancashire and it showed them driving through Fishergate. It brought back some pleasant memories. It is still very hot out here and the sand flies are a bit of a nuisance now. I saw a film `Fighting Lady` this week, about an aircraft carrier. It was very good indeed, one of the best naval films I've seen."
L/Cpl. Margaret Darnell (Hoole, Mrs. Garlick's niece) writes, "The only local person I have met since I have been in the ATS is Eric Booth. He was stationed here for quite a time. On VE Day afternoon we went to a Drum Head Service in Camp. It really was a very lovely service and I shall always remember it. I wonder if you would remember me to my cousin, John Ball, through the NL."
Pte. Matt Sutton writes, "It is Whit Monday and everyone here seems to be on holiday, but not so with us; we are going through the usual Holding Company routine, nothing to do, not allowed out, which I find boring. Give me a job to do any time."
AC2 Alan Jay writes, "I shall be here for about seven weeks on an equipment assistant's course. You see my Air Crew job as Air Bomber is now redundant and, as I have been on equipment for the past six months, they think that I am suitable to train as an equipment assistant. Convey my best wishes to David Hanson, Maurice Haskell, Kenneth Baxendale, Robert Edmondson, and all the Tarleton boys and girls in the Forces."
Mrs. Hynam (nee Doris Molyneux) writes from Kent "I was very glad to know that I shall still receive the NL although I am no longer in the WAAF. My husband is going to the Continent for a couple of months next week, and I am going home to Holmeswood. I was very glad to hear of the return of several POWs to the district."
Pte. Barbara Coupe writes, "Now that the European War is over we are all getting interested in the Japanese war and demobilisation groups. The married women get demobbed in about 3 weeks, but I guess it will be about 1 1/2 years before my group comes out; still now that one part of the War is over we have something to look forward to."
Mr. John Hornby BEM, Bos'n, RN., writes from abroad "Many thanks for the NLs which have followed me through Belgium, Holland and Germany. I am now stationed at a place called Eckernforde, near Kiel, and am busy helping to disarm and disband the German navy. I have seen a few more sights, sights which I never expected to see. The country was really wonderful apart from the devastation caused by our wonderful RAF and Army. Really it surprised me that Germany ever wanted to go to war when they were blessed with a country so fertile and productive.

Employer: Well, how long do you want for your honeymoon?
Assistant: long do you think, sir?
Employer: Don't ask me. I haven't seen the girl!

Boss: Why hasn't this job been done? I told you a month ago about it.
What would you say if I forgot to pay you?
Office Boy: I would tell you at once about it, and not wait for a month and kick up a fuss.

He: What was the cause of your father's death?
She: I don't remember exactly, but I know it was nothing serious.

"Thanks for the lift", said the lady as she climbed from the plastic surgeon's chair.

The medical student was up for his viva voce examination.
"Now, Mr. Willerby, tell me how would you treat a case of blackwater fever?" asked the examiner, a very eminent doctor.
"Well, sir" replied the young student, "I should first.....I I should first...I...".
"Yes, yes, go on."
"Well sir," went on the young student, as a real brainwave struck him, "I should, of course, first of all, call you in for consultation, and follow your instructions implicitly."

A young girl wants a man with a future, and an old girl wants a future with a man.

What did your wife say when you came home drunk last night?
She never said a word. In any case I was going to have my front teeth out.

Guest (to waiter) "I've only a shilling - what would you advise me to have?"
Waiter: "Have a walk to the next restaurant."

The lady was thanking the sailor for showing her over the ship. "I see by the rules of your ship that tips are forbidden," she said. "Don't let that worry you, madam, replied the sailor, "So were apples in the garden of Eden."

People who stammer often sing well. A deckhand who suffered from an impediment in his speech ran to the captain and started `P..p..please
"For goodness sake hurry up", said the Captain, irritably. "If you can't say it, sing it."
The deckhand took a long breath and sang:

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind;
The first mate's fallen overboard;
He's half a mile behind."

The Captain of a coastal sailing ship was putting the deck hand through a small examination.
"Where's the mizzen mast?" he asked.
"Dunno, sir," was the reply, "How long has it been missing?"

Captain (receiving the new middy).
"Well, boy, the old story, I suppose, the fool of the family sent to sea, eh?"
Middy: "Oh no, sir, that's all changed since your day."

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