First World War Survivors – November 1919 – A Wedding and a Funeral
On the first anniversary of the end of the First World War in November 1919 there were many survivors still suffering and dying but there were many others with hope in their hearts for happier times ahead.
DEATH OF PTE. W. RICHARDS.- We regret to announce the death of Pte. Walter Richards, late of the Hants. and Dorset Regiment, who passed away on October 27th, at the Red Cross Home, Lingfield, Surrey, from heart failure through shell shock at the age of 38. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. David Richards, of 2, High Street, Oakfield. The Military Funeral took place at St. John’s Cemetery, on November 1st. The first part of the service was held in St. John’s Church, conducted by the Rev. Cyril Blake, the firing party came from Parkhurst, and the Last Post was sounded at the graveside. The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. David Richards (father and mother), Mrs. James Rowe, and Mrs. W. E. Farrell (sisters), Messrs. Ernest, Sydney and Albert Richards (brothers), Florrie Farrell (niece), Reggie Squibb and James Rowe (nephew), and Mr. W. Squibb, Sergt. Farrell, (brothers-in-law) and Mr. Arthur Brading. There was a large number of beautiful floral tributes.
INTERESTING WEDDING.- The marriage took place at St. John’s Church on Saturday of Mr. Harry W. Scovell, second son of Mr. H. Scovell, of Eastfield (late 1/8th Hants, some time prisoner of war in Turkey), and Miss Eva Barton of Somerset Road, formerly of Havenstreet. The bride, who was dressed in a white silk poplin dress with white hat trimmed with orange blossom spray, carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. She was given away by her father, and attended by her two youngest sisters, Edie and Ida Barton, who wore mauve dresses and velvet hats. Mr. Arthur Scovell, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. The reception was held at the bride’s new home. They were the recipients of a large number of useful presents.
Source: Isle of Wight Times 13 November 1919
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