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No: 286
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
October 18th
1945

My dear Boys and Girls,
Great excitement in the village on Saturday morning when word came that the ships - they came on different ones - bringing Dick Harrison and Harry Monk home from Thailand (Siam) where they had been prisoners of war for the past five years, had docked at Liverpool. They were both sent to the reception camp at Maghull, and Tom Howard Barron went off at once in his car to fetch Dick, and Fred Twist went in his car to fetch Harry. On Saturday night, at the end of the evening Service at the Parish Church, the TE DEUM was sung as an act of thanksgiving for their safe return. The really great day for me, of course, will be when ALL the lads meet together in the Parish Church for a combined Thanksgiving Service, and we hope that that day will not be long now in coming. We must all admit that we have a great deal for which we ought to thank God, for He has been very good to us, as a village, throughout these terrible last six years.
With all my prayers, my love, and my Blessing,
ever your faithful old friend, L.N.FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes from India Command, "Well, at last they have got me out in India. We had a good trip, the weather kept nice and the sea calm. I can't say that I think much of India; so far all we have seen is poverty and woe, but I suppose that the people are used to nothing else. I am looking forward to seeing a few Tarleton lads while out here, so perhaps you can tell me if there are any near me. I am at Deolali, (5.Bty. R.A.Depot). There is one good thing about India - only one, mind you - and that is we get plenty of bananas and oranges and other kinds of fruit. Remember me to all the lads." A/CH Arthur Proctor writes from his ship which apparently is at Singapore. "I am once again in the sick bay, having treatment for tropical ulcers and an abrasion to the left thigh which I sustained when a Jacob's ladder, down which I was descending, gave way and I fell some five feet on to the guard-rail of the boat. My boat has been picking up Jap criminals from all over Malaya. One remarkable occasion was when they took a native king back to his island. They had to de-throne the Jap in power and set up the native chief on his throne. After this ceremony the natives were so pleased they arranged a big feast in honour of the Officers and men present. May I draw your attention to my new rate. I am now Acting Chief M.M. I sat for the exam a week ago and managed to pass it O.K. I will be confirmed Chief in another twelve months." LAC Freddy Coupe writes from Labrador "We occasionally get a few important people through here, but they don't stay long; and I certainly don't blame them for that. I am hoping to get a short four days' leave in about a month. I want to go to the Niagara Falls if possible. I may as well see as much of this side as possible while I am over here. Really I am not having a bad time here, and am keeping very well, and that is something to be grateful for."
LAC Tom Bolton (Longton, was assistant at Tarleton Co-op) writes "It was grand to hear that Herbert Nutter and Nick Dewhurst and other lads around have reached home safely. Kindly remember me to them. I should like to wish Herbert and his wife much happiness through the NL. We are busy bringing lads back from Italy these days; about every third morning our planes take off and bring back about twenty. Please remember me to Mr. Bailey and Staff and also to Tom Dickinson." Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from Germany: "By the time you get this letter we shall have moved from here into LUNNEBERGH. I hope to be home again soon as they have applied for agricultural leave for me, and I should be doing a great deal more good at home than wasting my time out here. The good old NLs were waiting for me when I got back from leave and also the Parish Magazine." Dvr. John Caunce writes from CMF "I am enclosing a photo of myself taken at Bologna, in Italy. I hope you like it. I am going on the Calais run again tomorrow and I will write again when I get there in five days' time. Remember me to Billy Harrison. I hear that he is home on leave. I hope that it will not be long before I am home again even though it is only for 28 days leave. I am looking forward to being able to run you about in the car again." LACW Elsie Winstanley writes from Kirkham "This Unit should prove popular as it is the Demob centre for the North West. The organisation, for once, is up to standard, and the civilian clothing store is a sight for sore eyes. I think that the men are getting a fair deal this time and so far our customers seem to think so too. As you can guess we are kept pretty busy, but no one can grumble as each man we send out brings our own day of release nearer."

Home Front News.
Peter Bryan, New Road, has just left Southport Technical School, to join the Royal Navy as a "boy". He is going to HMS St. George, at Douglas, Isle of Man, for his training. Miss Philips, late Manager for Mr. Float at his Tarleton chemist's shop has bought a business on her own at Barrow-in-Furness, and is leaving Tarleton. Gerry Blakemore, of the Ram's Head, has been inundated with applications for the house, opposite Ram's Head, where Miss Philips lived. Harry Ashcroft, Market Gardener, Fermor Road, has sold his house and bought the one Mrs. and the late Mr. Harry Lowe lived in, in Moss Lane. Mr. John Bamford, of Fermor Road, has bought Harry Ashcroft's house with the greenhouses behind it, and is selling his present house by auction. Harry Ashcroft is keeping the other greenhouses he owns in Fermor Road. Mrs. Annie Llewellyn (nee Annie Hunter) died on Friday at the house of her aunt, Mrs. Rigby in Coe Lane and was buried on Monday in Tarleton Churchyard. She was 30 years of age. Schools closed for the next fortnight for "prater piking". Early last Saturday morning came word that Dick Harrison and Harry Monk, two of our released POW parishioners had landed at Liverpool and had gone to the reception camp at Maghull. Kearsley Avenue was immediately a mass of flags and so was Tarleton Moss. Fred Twist and his wife went to see Harry on Saturday afternoon and Tom Howard Barron took the Harrison family to see Dick. When they got there they found that Dick Harrison was already on his way to Tarleton and Fred Twist asked permission to take Harry Monk home, and it was given immediately. So now both these lads are back in Tarleton. Last Wednesday evening the local Post Office staff met at the Hesketh Lane PO for a social evening, at the invitation of Mrs. Tatham, to present a staff gift to Mr. Tom Tindsley, who is retiring after 42 years as Postman. They gave him a Morocco bound leather Methodist Hymn Book, words and tunes. It is reckoned that Mr. Tindsley has travelled, in the early days on foot, and later on bicycle, over 500,000 miles on our local roads and lanes, delivering letters. He is now a young man of sixty. Robert Hodge, son of Harry Hodge, has been admitted to Liverpool University, (Faculty of Arts) and Nathan Abram of Banks, has gone to Downing College, Cambridge. Mrs. Mary Coulton (Granny Coulton of Sollom) died at the house of her son at Croston, on Sunday last, and was buried at Tarleton on Thursday in the grave of her first husband, Tom Fazackerley. She was 71 years of age. A lad named Ken Taylor, aged 18, of Cambridge Road, Southport, collapsed while playing football at Burscough on Saturday last, and died before the game ended. On Saturday last Elsie Dandy, daughter of Mrs. and the late Nicholas Dandy, Holmes, was married at Holmes Chapel to Harry Smith, Burscough.

ON LEAVE
Leslie Hodson, Tom Walsh, Dan Stazicker, Nick Taylor (Gorse Lane), Stanley Shaw, Ronnie Iddon, Frank Cairns (Mere Brow), George Wait.
George Caunce writes from his coal mine: "There is not much to tell you about the pits as I think you know all about them. I am very glad to hear that our lads who have been prisoners-of-war in Jap hands are now on their way home. I am sorry that I have not written to you for such a long time but you know how forgetful we lads are." Sgt.-Instructor George Hardcastle writes "I ought to be demobbed sometime in December, and then my big worries will start, as I want to find a home. I get very little time to myself these days. As soon as I finish my school classes at about 4pm. and get back to my billet, sometimes 20 miles away, and have had tea, it is time to start out for my evening work. My week-ends have all been taken up with camps."


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