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No: 292
December 13th

My dear Boys and Girls,
There is one point, and it is a very important one, that I should value the opinion of every one of you upon. It is this. How are we, the ex-servicemen of this and the last war, going to perpetuate the memory of those of our comrades from the village who have made the supreme sacrifice. Thanks be to God, the number of these from the village who have died on Active Service has not been anything like as large as the number who fell in the last war. Nevertheless some memorial they must have. It would not be fitting for our village to possess such a very beautiful memorial regarding the names of the local 1914-18 men who gave their lives and to leave unrecorded, or unworthily recorded, the names of the 1939-1945 men who have fallen in the fight. It might be possible for a good architect to design another plinth to the present memorial, on which the names could be recorded or a low circular stone wall could be erected at the back of the present memorial on which the names could be recorded. It would seem advisable to make the two memorials more or less one to avoid overlapping on Armistice and other such days. However, what is your opinion? Please send me, as explicitly as you can, your own suggestion. They were your comrades and you should have the chief say in the matter. With my love and my Blessing for you all, ever your sincere old friend,

Harry Harrison, youngest son of Mr.and Mrs. Harry Harrison, Kearsley Ave., is being married in the RC Church, Hesketh Lane, by Father Harvey, to Jean Stringfellow of Chapel Lane, H.B. Mrs. Tom Wilson (nee Monaghan) has presented her husband with a daughter, (her second child). Mrs. Kathleen Wright (nee Taylor) has presented her husband with a son. Mr. Will Johnson, Gorse Lane, is selling his farm (Cross Farm, Gorse Lane) with 16 acres of land. The house of the late Mr. Allen, the Vet. of Rufford, was sold last week for £1,550 to Mrs. Boston of The Chase, Rufford, the same lady who bought Mr. Philip Barron's house in Hesketh Lane. A cauliflower, given by Mr. William Wright, Tarleton Moss, was raffled at the Legh Arms last week for 35/- on behalf of the NL Fund. A rabbit, given by Mr. Marshall of Banks, was also raffled for the NL Fund and made £2.1s.6d. Mr. John Coulton, Green Lane Farm, Sollom, has bought from Mr. Gerry Blakemore, Rams Head, the house opposite recently occupied by Miss Philips. He gave £1,600 for it with the greenhouses behind. Mr. And Mrs. Golifer (nee Margaret Coulton) are to live in it. Their present house in Moss Lane, which also belongs to Mr. John Coulton, was sold on Saturday, with vacant possession to

The Committee of the British Legion, men and women, held a sale of work in the Schools on Saturday to raise the money necessary to put the Club room in a state of repair. It was opened by Mr. James Melling of Holmes, with Mr. Arthur Sewell as Chairman. Mr. Richard Iddon (Hesketh Lane) was the auctioneer. The total cost of putting the Church steeple in a state of repair was £231. It has been re-pointed from top to bottom. Richmond House, at the corner of Hesketh Lane and Moss Lane, which was recently bought by Mr. Sergeant of the Café, is undergoing extensive alterations and is to become a Café. We understand that Ronnie Sergeant and wife are to occupy the upstairs part of the house. The rector thanks the following lads for the nice Christmas cards he has received from them. George Wait (Bombay), Ken Nicholson(travelling between Bombay and Singapore), Jack Hodge (Columbo), Alec Barnish(Greece), Sam Alty Smith(CMF), Jack Twist (Hong Kong). Mrs. Rigby, Toll Bar, gave a big "Home-coming Party" at the Rose and Crown, Hoole, to celebrate the return home of her son Tom after nearly four years' service in India. Fred Forshaw has returned home after over 3 years in India and is now demobbed. John Caunce has returned to Austria. John Rowland has been demobbed.

Gerry Pendlebury, Sid Ball, Jack Marsden, Jimmy Latham, Billy Harrison (brother of Jimmy), Billy Hudson (Mere Brow).

Sgt. Dick Blundell,RA., writes from India Command "You will no doubt be thinking that I have wandered too far from the camp and got lost; but I am still here. If any Tarletonians ever come to Secunderbad, in Hyderabad Deccan State, tell them to look me up at the 55 Heavy Regt. RA, RHQ., or better still to drop me a line and I will meet them in Secunderbad. My kind regards to the Rowland Brothers, Stan Quinlan, and if Hugh Rowland is not at home I should like his address." Corpl. Ken Nicholson RM writes from his ship HMS Colossus on a Christmas pictured Air Mail Letter, showing King Neptune, Father Christmas, "the Great Bear" in stars, a huge anchor etc. He writes "Since I last wrote and told you we were ashore in Kowloon, China, we have moved far and wide. At present we are taking twelve hundred troops from Bombay to Singapore, where we arrive on Wednesday. Remember me to all at home and abroad, and say that I hope that all will be back home again soon. A Happy Christmas to all." Fus. Ronnie Iddon writes from India Command, "At present I am on a V/M Course at a place called RAWALPINDI, I saw in the NL I received last week that Sgt. Ernie Ball is in this part of India. I have been trying to find him. Please send me his address. I am in the "Mixed Rest Camp" No.3 Block. Now that the war is over we get quite a number of good films this way. Gracie Fields is one in the near future. Remember me through the NL to my brother Harry, Fred Bentham, Fred Burns, Harold Pilkington, and all the village boys and girls." Petty Officer Jack Hodge, ERA, RN, writes from HMS Mayina, "I have left my ship and have been put ashore for a while. I think it is just for a few weeks so that I can have a rest. I am just outside Columbo and am in a camp in a clearing cut out of the jungle. It is not too bad except for water rationing. Since I have been out here I have visited many places in my ship - Bombay, Rangoon, Singapore, Port Dickson, Bangkok, and lots more smaller places. Remember me to A. Proctor, A Barron, Jack Waters and all the others in the Forces." L/Cpl. Frank Hewitson writes from TRUNGAP, Burma, SEAS "I reckon the News Letter must have been crossed with racing pigeons; true to form my first letter in Burma was an NL, and now when my most recent letter from home is dated Sept. 25th, the NL of Oct.11th has arrived with unfailing instinct and griff. What a surprise I got when I read of the marriage of my cousin Ted Barnish, on the day after my birthday. And all I could celebrate it with was a mug of Andrews Liver Salts! I am now one of the European (as distinct from African) element in the 82nd West African Division of the Royal West African Fighting Force. I should like to know if any other of your big family belongs to the RWAFF." LAC Freddy Coupe writes from Labrador "With a bit of luck I may be demobbed about Christmas 1946, but I hope to get home before then. This place looks very bleak these days, with ice and snow everywhere. I only go out when it is necessary. I have been busy fixing up quite a lot of gadgets in my room. I've got a camp bed, a wardrobe and some curtaining for the windows, and the place is looking very nice. I expect we shall be spending quite a lot of time in our rooms now the weather is getting so bad, so it is as well to have it all nice and spick and span."
Pte. Joe Power writes from BAOR "I came to the rectory when I was on leave with the hope of seeing you, but you had gone away for the week. I have had a slight change of address while I was away so I am sending it on to you so that there may be no delay in receiving the NL. There is really not very much to say as I have so recently returned." Gdsn. Aubrey Smith writes from Victoria Barracks, Windsor, "I can't express how pleased I was to see you on your visit to the South. I was expecting to see you at Christmas but orders have been sent from the War Office stating that leave will be cancelled between Dec.10th and 26th as 80 per cent of the men here have to go to London to help the GPO. I have never had a Christmas leave since I joined the Army. Atlee has certainly got a right Christian name in "Clem". I think he's doing his utmost to clem everybody, as the saying would go in Lancashire."

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