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No: 288
November 1st

My dear Boys and Girls,
Winter seems to have set in with a vengeance, and with great haste. The week before last we appeared to be in the middle of summer - leaves still on the trees, warm and sunny. Then the gales - and now - bare trees, dull skies and bleak and damp atmosphere. How very like human life itself!! However, we know that if we have patience next spring and summer will surely arrive, and the earth will look lovely decked with trees and flowers. So, too, with our human troubles. When all is looking fair and bright, along comes a gale and we are thrown into the depths of despondency, sometimes even of despair. All seems bleak and dark. But again we know that the darkest cloud has a silver lining, and if we have faith and patience the sun will once more shine in our lives and all will be well. Well, there's quite a little sermon which has come to me as I look at the dull skies from my study window. With my love and all my thoughts for you all, Ever your affectionate old friend,

When the steeple-jacks went to the top of the Church spire they found that the iron socket through which the rod of the weathercock passed had corroded, and in one part was held literally by a thread. It is now on show in the parish room. The pieces of land next to Smithy Houses, Sollom, known officially as Carr Heys, but locally as Smithy field, was sold on Saturday last by auction to Mr. John Coulton, Green Lane Farm, for £1,400. The field belonged to William Hull, of Croston, son of Robert Hull, Tarleton. Bamford's house in Fermor Road was sold by auction last week to a Miss Bolton, of Rufford, for £700. She intends to live in it herself. Mrs. Parsons(nee Jenny Fishwick),Gorse Lane, has presented her husband with a daughter. Her first child was a son. David Hanson has been promoted a Warrant Officer in the RAF. Last week he flew to Palestine, circled Jerusalem, and returned via Egypt, Alamein, Tripoli, and Malta. The engagement is announced of Dvr. William Harrison, Kearsley Avenue, to Hazel Barlow, Hesketh Lane. They became engaged while Billy was on leave from CMF. We wish to correct two mistakes in last week's NL. We wrote that Mrs. Hynam (nee Doris Molyneux of Holmeswood), had presented her husband with a son, and that her husband was a Sergeant in the RAF. As a matter of fact her husband is a Flight-Lieutenant, and she has presented him with a daughter, not a son. The baby is to be called Carolyn Mary. Tarleton Saving Week is from Oct.27th to Nov.2nd. Target to be aimed at £6,000. On Saturday the Rector opened a Sale of Work in the Comrades Hall, Croston, on behalf of the Welcome Home Fund. The Squire of Croston, Captain de Trafford, took the Chair. Peter Bryan, New Road, left Tarleton on Tuesday to join the Navy. His ship is HMS St. George, anchored to the Isle of Man.
The Rector has received the following certificate from Arthur Procter's Officer, in connection with the Rector's offer to award a medal to the first Tarleton man to arrive in Singapore and Tokio. "Petty Officer Procter's dates and times are quite correct. It seems hardly likely that another Tarletonian could have been in Singapore sooner. R.F.Borkor, Lieut.,RNVR (Commanding Officer)."

Dan Stazicker, Jimmy Harrison (Kearsley Avenue), Harry Cookson, Fred Bentham, Dick Harrison, Eric Booth, Jack Marsden, Frank Cairns, Peter Rigby (from Burma), Harry Price, Harry Devitt (from India), Tom Tindsley, Norman Wright, Henry Moss (Mere Brow), Tom Harrison (Holmes) from CMF, Billy Hull, Bob Edmondson.

The Bishop of Blackburn has written to the Rector saying that he will try and get help so that he (the Rector) can take a holiday. The Bowling Club, which ran the Horticultural Show, has voted all the proceeds, about £400, to the Welcome and Welfare Fund - a very generous and welcome gift. John Caunce has just written to say that he is on his way home for a month's leave, If you've not got it ask your Welfare Officer for a little book called "Release and Resettlement", published by the Government. It is full of information that you should know. Tom Tindsley has been demobbed,and is being married next Wednesday at Golder's Green, London, to a girl he met when he was billeted in that district at the beginning of the war. He has just returned from Cologne.

Sergeant Ken Nicholson, RM, writes from his ship, HMS Colossus, "We were at sea on VJ Day, and proceeded to Leyto for orders and medical supplies. Then we went to Formosa and landed by plane our liaison teams to deal with POWs, then we went to Shanghai where we landed the first British troops. We then proceeded to Korea and embarked POWs who were captured at Singapore. We delivered these at Manila, then embarked some more and delivered them at Hong Kong. The headlines of the local papers ran `Moving scenes as POWs disembark from Bristol Aircraft Carrier Colossus." LAC Malcolm Parkinson writes from BAOR "On my arrival back at camp after my leave, during which I was married at Preston, I found that our hanger containing workshops of the various sections has been completely gutted by fire. Many of us have lost irreplaceable personal kit - and unfortunately there is no recompense. The part of France we are in is pretty well south." Gunner Edward Harrison writes from MEF "Since I came back from leave I have travelled about 3000 miles, and am now about 80 miles east of Cairo. We left Brussels by Liberators at 12.30am and after an 8-hours flight had our breakfast in Tripoli. We boarded the planes again and after 6-hours flight landed 12 miles from Cairo. We stayed there the night and then came on by road. We are only here for a few days and are then moving on again. We are not working in the afternoons as it is too hot." Dvr. John Caunce writes from CMF "We have been polishing our brasses and scrubbed all our webbing and packs today, for an inspection tomorrow, so you can understand why we are going to bed sweating. We have a CMS we call the BULL and, believe me, if he had a pair of horns he would be complete. You expect his arms to fall off every time he gives an order. I went to KLAGENFORT three days ago and asked for Sid Ball's Coy., but I could not get to know where it was. Could you give me Sid's no. and coy., and I will write to him." LAC Freddy Coupe writes from Labrador "I shall soon get a short five days' leave in civilisation once again. Having nothing to do gets very monotonous, still we do find something to do even if it is only a game of darts. They gave us a good dinner last Monday. It was almost a Christmas dinner, turkey, mince pies etc. It was really nice to get a good meal once again." Pte. John Sutton (Jackie) writes from Ireland "I have got with a grand lot of fellows, there are quite a lot from Lancashire, also one lad from Chorley in the next bunk. We get a lot of PT here and on Tuesday we were on a two-mile run. We have a 5-miles walk to do in 53 minutes before we leave here. There is a contest week, the last week we are here, and the best all-round coy.gets a slap-up feast. All the Officers join in the fun, and everyone has a good time. My arm is very sore as we have just been inoculated for the third, and last, time." Dvr. Ronnie Noble writes from CMF "I have been sent from the holding company at Athens to the north of Greece. I am now at Volos. I am now driving long distance between Athens and Volos. It is 240 miles, and one crosses three mountains and lots of rough roads. I would sooner be in Italy. I have not written for some time because I did not know what address to put on my letters, but I am now settled for the rest of my time. My mail is just catching up with me from August 31st. It had been held up at the RETD." Dvr. Fred Taylor writes from CMF "After a good leave I have arrived back. The train ride we had was in trains with wooden seats which got very hard by the time we had travelled forty hours in them, but we got good meals, one in the morning and the other at night. I got a stiff neck and shoulder with that train ride." LAC Stanley Quinlan writes "I am greatly interested in the work I am doing in the RAF - that of Avro Engine fitting. I was posted to a course a few weeks ago for work on American engines, and I am glad to say that I passed out with honours, getting the highest percentage of the course."

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