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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
July 19th 1945
dear Boys and Girls,
All over the world the thoughts of men are turning this week to
the great meeting at Berlin. It really is a momentous Conference
and it holds within itself the destiny of the whole world for generations
The last four years have taught us all the value of prayer and that
through it the humanly impossible may be achieved. It is now our
duty to pray for the success of the efforts of the Big Three. Never
before has the entire world been in such a chaotic state. Millions
are unhappy, distraught, hungry, homeless, and completely bewildered.
The whole world needs a steadying influence and that Influence must
be the Divine Spirit.
So I ask you to make this the subject of your prayers and thus do
your part for the success of the Conference.
Well, now you have nothing to do but to look spick and span you
will just about have time to send me a line or two for the NL. With
my love and my Blessing, ever your affectionate friend and rector,
HOME FRONT NEWS.
LAC Harry Rigby, Church Road, was married last Saturday, in Tarleton
Parish Church, to Kathleen Mary Lupton of Penwortham. Bride in white
with long train. Three bridesmaids. Philip Barron jnr. and Bob Barron
as groomsmen. Reception and wedding breakfast in Schools. Honeymoon
at very secret place.
At Longton Agricultural Show last Saturday Tom Whitehead (son of
Ralph, HB) got three First Prizes and a Highly Commended, all with
Lt-Col Bustard, OBE, of Bank Hall has returned to civvy street.
Major Penny, of Bank Hall, who has been in a Liverpool hospital
for an operation, is now better. Arthur Worth has been demobbed.
HB Sunday School had the usual war-time Tea Party at the Botanic
Gardens, Churchtown, on Tuesday.
On Sunday morning last a special bus took the members of our Tarleton
ATC to Southport for swimming.
Southern, Jimmy West, Jimmy Harrison (Kearsley Ave.), Eric Abram
(Blackgate Lane), Billy Wright, Frank Timperley, Will Riding (New
Road), Wesley Watson, Robert Latham, from BLA.
Going East: Jack Marsden, Billy Harrison (Holmes), Harry Iddon (Gorse
Bring and Buy Sale at Methodist Schoolroom on Saturday afternoon
on behalf of Methodist Circuit Fund, ending up with a Tennis Tournament
on the Wesley Guild courts.
ERM Dick Burns, RN, writes from HMS Blenheim "I was annoyed
to see in the NL today that Walter Ascroft was on HMS Sylvia, as
I have worked on her more than once when she has been alongside,
and Ken Nicholson's ship has been in the same harbour. I don't think
there is any harm giving the name of my ship and saying that she
is a repair ship. I still see Dick Gabbott, and I have met John
Iddon and Harley McKean since he returned from leave. My best regards
to my brothers Jim, Tom and George, brothers-in-law Harry Forrest
and George West, and the Melling Brothers."
Bdr. Dick Blundell writes from "somewhere at sea". "No
doubt lots of my NL pals have done this trip before but, believe
me, I never knew it could be so hot. I don't envy any who are in
the RN or the Merchant Navy; not that I have been ill or sick, but
a land sailor is all I want to be. Remember me to Stan Quinlan,
the Iddon Bros. (Gorse Lane), Vernon Ogden, and all the others.
Glad to hear of the p-o-ws returning home especially Herbert Nutter."
Dvr. Albert Becconsall writes from Paiforce "I shall be on
the move again before long as I am waiting a posting to somewhere
in the Persia and Iraq area. I stayed a couple of days in Alexandria
and then went by train to Haifa where I stayed five days, and then
came all the way here by truck, which was not very comfortable.
They were Indian drivers and they did not waste much time, but still
it took us 48 hours to do the journey. I am stationed on the outskirts
of Baghdad. Remember me to my pal Dick Taylor (Mere Brow). I have
not heard from him lately."
L/Cpl. Herbert Parkinson writes from BLA "I am billeted in
a barracks at Fishbeck, seven miles from Harburg and twelve miles
from Hamburg. Although it has been knocked about a lot there is
quite a big Circus on there. I have not been yet, but intend to
go to see it. In our Corps sports I got 3rd place in the long jump.
We had Dorothy Carless, the Radio Star pay us a visit, and the Prime
Minister's daughter, Mary, has been to one or two of our Company
dances. Remember me to all in the Forces, and especially to the
ex-P.o.Ws who, I was glad to hear, have landed home safely."
L/Cpl. Dick Gabbott writes from MEF "Harley McKean is now back
with me in this Unit. John Iddon has been down here on 14 days'
leave, and we see Dick Burns quite often. I was very sorry I did
not get to see my old pal Ken Nicholson when he was in port here.
He must have been here six or seven weeks and I saw the carrier
on which he was several times when I was passing by road, but I
did not get to know until two days after the carrier had pulled
out when I got the NL saying that he was on the Colossus. Please
remember me to him through the NL."
Dvr. John Caunce writes from CMF "We are now at Genoa. It is
quite a lovely place but very dear. I am now on duty every second
night and I have to sleep at the Garage. Our Workshop Officer is
leaving us tomorrow. He is going to a place they call England, and
we want to know where this place is. In tonight's Orders it says
that all names of girls and places are to be removed from our wagons.
Tell John Spencer not to pick the best girl from Croston and leave
none for me to pick from."
Sgt. Ernie Ball writes from the Far East "Life is still much
the same in this part of the world, only it seems to get hotter
each day; last week we had the hottest day ever, 125 degrees in
the shade and, believe me, it certainly was warm. Papers were received
from England this week showing the first man to be demobbed, and
there was more excitement over that than over the news of victory
in Europe, probably because it's the only thing anyone has to look
forward to while they are out here. I hope to be home again for
good early next year, I have ever chance of being No.26; no doubt
the good old NL will keep us up-to-date with all the latest `griff`."
Petty Officer Arthur Procter writes from Trincomalee, Ceylon, "If
there are any local lads in the vicinity of `Trinco`, if they ask
for CF Base that is where they will find me, and I will make them
very welcome indeed. The weather here is beautiful at present, but
I don't think it will last for long as the monsoon is overdue. Two
days ago a native boy came with some fruit, so we had a pineapple,
a water melon, two grapefruits, seven tangerines and seven mangosteens.
My chum and I certainly enjoyed ourselves, and I remarked how the
people at home would go barmy if they could see these fruits."
(For those who don't know, the dictionary says a mangosteen is an
Indian tree bearing fruit with thick red rind and white juicy pulp).
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BLA "Talk about fraternization,
when we left BRAUNLAGE last Friday the German girls were even crying
as we had got a good name there for being so clean and smart. Here
we are all in different villages, the nearest big place near is
HAMBURG. We are only four miles from the Russian zone. We are billeted
in a big farmhouse and sleeping on the floor. We have to go downstairs
into the stable for water. (Thanks, Arthur, I received the photos
safely and thank you again.)
Major Eric Hind writes from India Command "I am hoping to be
back in Tarleton in the next two months although I will only be
on leave. On my return East I am expecting to go on special employment
some distance from this location. I have been exceedingly busy since
I last wrote, and you will notice that my address has altered."
Pte. Joe Power writes from BLA "After having had a three weeks
tour of Germany we are now in a German Ordnance dump miles away
from anywhere, the nearest town being Neumunster, 9 miles away.
What a comparison after having such good entertainment in Lubeck.
It was quite nice having leave and, to my surprise, whom should
I meet at Calais but Harry Buck from HB, so we travelled home together."
L/Cpl. Jim Waters writes from India Command "I note in the
NL that P/O Arthur Procter seeks news of my brother Jack. All I
can say is that my brother recently left England for two years under
contract with the Dutch Ministry of Shipping. If Arthur Procter
will write to me c/o the above address (62204158 L/Cpl.J.J.Waters,
No.1 Radio Security Coy; R.Signs; India Command) I will put him
in communication."I play hockey twice weekly and it is not
the cissy game one was familiar with in England. My regards to all
especially Sergt. Fred Forshaw and L/Cpl. Ken Robshaw."