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|Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:21 pm Post subject: Weddings during the Great War
|Ran across this in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard in February 1940.
FIRST WAR WEDDING AT KIRKCONNEL.
An interesting fact has emerged following the recent war wedding at Kirkconnel Parish Church. It appears that wedding banns were proclaimed from the steps of the church on one occasion during the Great War. The parties on that occasion were the late Lance-Corporal Richard Smith, Royal Engineers, and Helen Bone, daughter of Mrs Ellen Bone, of Nithside Terrace, Kirkconnel. The wedding took place in the church, by Rev. C. F. Charleson, in July, 1917, by special privilege granted to men serving in France, and the banns were proclaimed from the church steps the day previous to the wedding, with two of the Elders as witnesses. The bridegroom had then served 2 ½ years in France, and had come straight from the trenches to get married. The bridegroom was killed in action one month before the end the war.
Richard Smith, age 22, 2nd Corporal (139118) 180th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.
Richard was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery when he enlisted as Private (11763) in the 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders in October 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 but later he transferred to the Royal Engineers.
Born 1896 in Blackbraes, Muiravonside, Stirlingshire. Son of John and Margaret (Hardie) Smith of 89 Kingsway, Kirkconnel.
Husband of Ellen (Bone) Smith of Nithside Cottages, Kirkconnel and of Coleman, Alberta, Canada who he married in 1917 in Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 4 October 1918 and buried in Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France.