The wedding of George Duncan and Ada Selina Harriet Young happened on 11th May 1878 at the Register Office in Portsea Island.
George Duncan was aged 35 and a Surgeon
Ada Selina Harriet Young was aged 25
He was living at West Street, Fareham at the time of the wedding
She was living at Green Road, Portsea
His father was James Duncan, a Gentleman
Her father was Alfred Young (deceased) a Commander Royal Navy
The wedding was witnessed by (? illegible) Cleverly and J.W. Brough
The wedding of William St Clair Cole and Blanche Elizabeth Young took place at the Parish Church in Fareham, Southampton on December 23rd 1880.
William St Clair Cole was 25 years old and a Clerk
Blanche Elizabeth Young was 23 years old, both gave their residence as Fareham
His father was Robert Cole, a Clerk on Holy Order
Her father was Alfred Young, Captain Royal Navy
The wedding was witnessed by Mansel Young and Grace Amy Young, the brides’ brother and sister
Blanche Young was the sister of my great-grand-father, Mansel Young
I thought I would document some of the certificates I have in no particular order.
Henry Charles Homeyer and Grace Amy Young were married at the Parish Church, St Mary the Virgin in Cardiff, Glamorgan, on May 29th 1889.
Henry Homeyer was aged 35 and a Boatswain
Grace Young was 27 and a Spinster
His address was the Steam Ship ‘Mark Lane’ (? illegible)
Her address was 77 Duncan Road, Southsea
His father’s name was Charles (? illegible) Homeyer, his profession was Secretary of Post Ofice
Her father was Alfred Young, Captain Royal Navy (dead)
The wedding was witnessed by Edward Gardiner and Amelia (? illegible) Gardiner
Grace Young was the younger sister of my great-grandfather, Henry Young.
Kathleen Hacker and Robert Winchcombe were my maternal grandparents. My grandmother was one of ten children and there was nothing I liked more than sitting with her and looking through her black and white photographs and listening to her stories. One of my favourites was how she met my grandfather and how Hitler tried to upstage their wedding.
In 1936 Robert Winchcombe was unemployed after his apprenticeship had come to an end at the Great Western Railway Works in Swindon. He earned some money playing clarinet and 1st or 2nd Alto Saxophone in local dance bands, including the Harry Smith Band, the Moderniques, St. John’s Dance Band, and the New Georgians, who played all over Wiltshire and Berkshire.
Around this time he met my grandmother at the St Barnabas Church Badminton Club. He was an altar server at St Barnabas, sang in the choir and was also a member of the Youth Group.
After his death I inherited a small black engagement book for 1937-38 where he had meticulously recorded all his musical engagements as well as dates with his future wife.
Their first official date occurred on the 17th of December 1937 where Robert has written ‘1st engagement with K.H.‘ It must have gone well as there’s a small ‘K‘ pencilled in on Christmas Day, as well as ‘Went to tea at K’s brothers‘ the day after. They see each other several times each week, play badminton together, attend concerts, go on church outings and visit relatives.
In March Robert was given a couple of weeks work back in the Great Western Railway before they gave him 2 weeks notice during the middle of May. His engagement book then records a succession of interviews – ‘24th May Gloucester for work unsuccessfully‘, ‘28th June South Cerney unsuccessful application for work‘ and ‘21st July Colbournes unsuccessfully, Baines’ ditto‘.
The engagement book ends on the 4th of September 1938. Fortunately I’m able to fill in the gaps which give the story a happy ending. Robert Winchcombe eventually got a job at the Gloster Aircraft Factory in Gloucester, presumably soon after September 1938, and he and Kathleen Hacker were able to get engaged. They were married four days after war was declared, their wedding plans hurriedly changed as the church hall was requisitioned, and started married life in Churchdown, Gloucester.
[This was an exercise for my Creative Writing course which I hope will be of interest]
I am always really grateful whenever I find transcriptions online. I feel really sorry for any volunteer that gives their time to read old records.
I came across a transcription of marriages in Elson, Gosport which included that of my grand-parents:
page 46 no 92 September 14 1929 Hery Harper YOUNG 32 Bachelor Salesman Fort House Elson & Kate Margaret BEGER 24 Spister Fort House Elson married after banns fathers Mansel YOUNG Retired & George James BENGER Mechanic in the presece of G J BENGER & W ANDERSON
My grandfather’s name was Henry Harper Young and my grandmother was Viola Margaret Benger and was a spinster. I think I would have used my judgement to change spister to spinster!
This is a lovely tinted photograph of William (Bill) Winchcombe and Frances Day on their wedding day 25th August 1945. He was the younger brother of my grandfather, Robert Winchcombe.
I presume this was taken at St Barnabus Church, Swindon.