Second Wedding Photo Mystery Solved

The wedding in Aldbourne of Mabel Hedges and John Bellingham February 1915 – with thanks to Graham Palmer for identifying the bride, groom and other members of the wedding party

This photo was tucked into the back of the broken glass frame containing the wedding picture for William and Jessie Deacon 1917. Why? I have no idea, and we’ll probably never know but it has been really special to have both the photographs identified and the names added to my Aldbourne Archive.

The faces in the 1915 photo seem solemn, very few families escaped loss during those difficult days. The bride’s brother Corporal Herbert Hedges (5th Wilts) was killed in action at Gallipoli on 21 September 1915. From studying Ancestry records, and I’m totally willing to be corrected on this, it looks as though tragedy hit the family again before the Great War ended.

Lieutenant William Hedges MC (10th Canadians), Mabel’s brother, died on the 27 September 1918.

John Bellingham served with the Royal West Surrey Regiment, and was discharged due to disability in 1917. John (publican) and Mabel were listed on the 1939 register, with their children, at the White Horse, Shophouse Road, Twerton, Bath.

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