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No: 284
September 13th

My dear Boys and Girls,
The great news this week is that Dick Harrison, Kearsley Avenue, who has been a POW in Jap hands since Singapore, has cabled home to his wife telling her that he is safe and sound and has been taken to India in preparation to being sent home. We still have to hear the same good news of John Tindsley, Billy Sutton and Harry Monk. Let us hope that next week we can record that all these three are safe. My bad eye has slowed me down in my work very considerably this week, and this NL may be a couple of days late but, nevertheless, it has been written. I am still going ahead with my efforts to get all those who want them decent houses at decent rentals or cost. It is an uphill job, and needs a lot of push from the bottom, but I am hoping that I shall be successful and soon have something concrete to tell you about it. Anyhow we have a great deal for which to thank God, and I know that you will all do your duty in that respect. With my love, my Blessing and all my prayers,
Ever your sincere friend, L,N.FORSE.

Herbert Nutter, New Road, who was taken POW at Dunkirk, and was released on VE Day, was married on Saturday in St. Jude's Church, Preston, to Miss Laura Hammond of Preston, his sweetheart in pre-war days. The infant child of Lieut. John Hague R.N., and Mrs. Hague (nee Peggy Taylor) Bannister Farm, Gorse Lane, was christened on Sunday in Tarleton Parish Church with the names Irene Elizabeth. The Scarisbrick Hotel, Southport, reported in last week's issue as being burned to the ground, only had the top stories burned out but the fire raged all Sunday and eight Fire-brigades were called to it. Hesketh Bank first Agricultural Show was held last Saturday on the Recreation Field, H.B. Quite a good Show and there was a large attendance. The day was fine. Total takings, roughly £1,500; net profit roughly £1,000. Entire proceeds for H.B. Welcome Home Fund. Dick Harrison, Kearsley Ave., reported missing at Singapore, and who has been a POW in Jap hands since, has been found and has been flown to India as the first stage of his journey home. Special Thanksgiving for his safety in Parish Church on Sunday evening. Dr. Croft, who has had a complete breakdown due to over-work during the war, has been ordered away for a month or more rest. In the meantime a locum is helping young Dr. Stanley Croft to run the Practice until Dr. Herbert is demobbed. Mr. William Bradshaw, Sexton at HB Church was married last Monday at HB Parish Church to Elizabeth Ward, in charge of Clegg's Confectionery shop at Tarleton. The Rector of Tarleton took the Service. Mr. William Taylor, Blackgate Lane, was married on Monday at Ormskirk to Miss Elizabeth Tindsley, eldest daughter of Mrs. Albert Tindsley, Blackgate Lane. Honeymoon in Edinburgh. Mrs. Burns and Miss Nancy Taylor obtained the services of the Wilkeen Concert Party on Monday and gave a really excellent concert in Tarleton CE Schools on behalf of the News Letter Fund. They made £9.15s. clear. Mrs. Richard Wignall and Mrs. Coupe gave a Garden Party in Mrs. Wignall's beautiful garden in Fulwood Avenue and raised £15, of which they gave £7.10s. to the NL Fund and £7.10s. to the Welcome Home Fund. Alec and Ted Barnish, Hoole, are both on leave together for the first time since the beginning of the war. John Moss and Walter Moss are also both home together on leave from Germany. Arthur Harrison is home on his second leave from BLA. He arrived at Preston at 2.45am. on Tuesday, the RTO telephoned the Rector who was too ill to go, so from his bed the Rector telephoned Billy Rimmer, Green Lane Farm, who kindly went to Preston in his own, or rather his father's car, and brought Arthur home. Jack Mee is moving into his new Butcher's shop, where John Barron, Tailor, kept the Post Office, next week. Dick Iddon has made it very "posh", with white glazed tiles, large window, chromium fittings etc. Jack and his family have already moved into the house. Dick Blundell, now in India, his wife, and his mother (Susie Dandy, widow of John Blundell, Johnson's Lane) are moving into Jack Mee's former house next to Mrs. Abram, in the village. Mr. Robert Latham, JP., is very poorly. He is 84 years of age. Mrs. James Swift (nee Agnes Rigby), with her band of young lady collectors has, by a house to house collection, raised the large sum of £43.16s.9d. for the Southport Infirmary.

Pte. Ernie Nicholson writes from BBSTE., India Command "Just to let you know that the heat has not entirely sweated me away. In my last letter I said that I hoped to see Dick Blundell, but I have now moved a considerable distance from his place. The camp we are at has only just been opened, and so far there is not much to do for entertainment, but the cold showers are working which is very nice. The only topic of conversation out here since VJ Day has been `demobbing`." Corpl. Ken Nicholson, RM., writes from his ship HMS Colossus, "Since I wrote last much has happened in the world. We were at sea when VJ Day came, and our Captain spoke to us and said that for us there was to be no peace until each and every one of our chaps are safe and sound. We are now setting out to pick up as many of POW lads as we can get on board. The medical supplies and food we have packed on board will bring untold joy and relief to our POW lads. Remember me to all in the Forces, especially Dick Gabbott, the Rowland Bros, and the rest of my pals." Dvr. Billy Whittle writes from ACHEN, "Just arrived here and had one of my favourite meals - egg and chips. There were six of us posted here and when we arrived we had to go and see the O.C. and believe me, I nearly died of fright. To look at him he is one of those tough old veterans with quite a row of medals up. It remains to be seen how tough he really is. I don't know how long I shall be with this company. You know the Army yourself from experience - here today and gone tomorrow sort of style. The usual good wishes to all." Dvr. Bill Ellison writes `I am now in a different Company, my old one was broken up. It is quite a change coming from two-ton lorries to all the latest makes of cars. You will guess where I am - in Italy where Peace was signed. I had a nice run a few weeks ago, from Florence to Naples, stayed at Rome for a few hours and had a look round St. Peter's and the Vatican City. It is the second time I have been to Naples as I had my first view of it when I came to Italy from Africa. I have been to many nice places but there is not one as good as Tarleton. I am still playing football twice a week." L/Cpl. Harry Devitt writes from Ahmednagar, India Command, "I am glad to be able to tell you that I shall be on the first stage of my journey home on Re-patriation in just a few days. How long I shall have to wait at the Re-patriation Depot for a ship I have no idea. Looking back over the 3 1/2 out here seems a queer mixture of memories, few of them pleasant, I am afraid. I have been on four troopships, far from pleasure cruises. I have spent three months in one of the hottest places in India where the temperature averages 120 degrees in the shade and high up in the clouds in the Himalayas, where the air is so bracing that though one is completely exhausted in climbing a ridge, two minutes rest is quite sufficient for one to go on and on." Trooper Tom Rigby (Toll Bar), writes from SEAC "Life at this end is very quiet, not much to do these days which seems quite strange. Most of us are looking forward to being home by Christmas. I got 14 NLs altogether a short time ago, and had to knock off for two hours while I read them. Remember me to Walter Rawsthorne and all the boys and girls of Tarleton in and out of the Forces." L/Cpl. Kenneth Robshaw writes from India Command, "I am still stationed in the thick jungle, miles from everywhere, and with no good roads, under the heading 'Just a Memory', he sends these few lines 'I think of this the country, where we are sent to rot, and die, where the sun above shines down upon the plains below. Where the sweat pours off your body by day and by night, where insects bite, and crawl over the very food, and on the ground. The land where rain comes down for days on end, and causes floods and hunger in the land. India will always leave me with thoughts of sweat and toil, and times when water was so scarce to drink." LAC Freddy Coupe writes from Labrador, "Nothing exciting ever happens in these isolated wastes. Needless to say we did not get our two days VJ leave, but it didn't matter because there would not have been anything to do here in any case. I don't expect to get back home for at least twelve months and than I shall be ready for discharge."

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