A War Time Wedding!

Image: St Mary’s church

This photo was taken in Duke Street, Haughley 1917. This picture shows a young 20 year old bride, Eva Maud Ranson who as born in 1897 and died in 1993. She is seen here with her husband Charles Ernest Lawrence who was born in 1893 and died in 1974.

Charles was on leave from the Army Service Corps where he held the rank of Corporal. He survived the war and was manager of the Kings Head Inn, Becks Row, Bury St Edmunds.

Charles best man is thought to be Sidney Ranson who was born in 1889. The brides half brother who was a witness to the marriage certificate. Sidney was serving in the Royal Artillery at the time.

Charles and Sidney were both drivers. They are wearing britches, riding boots and spurs. For them to be drivers they were experienced horseman which was considered an exceptional skill. They would ‘drive’ the horses which pulled the heavy guns to the front.

Many Suffolk men had these skills due to them working on the farms.

On the far right is the brides father, William Ranson who lost his first wife Fanny who died in 1895 after producing eight children!

In 1896 he married Catherine Dorking and Eva was the first of their four children. They lived in Haughley and Dagworth.

During lots of heartache there where happy memories!