Rushden Echo, 7th April 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Soldier Arrested Immediately After His Marriage
Bride’s Painful Experience at Higham Ferrers
A Rushden soldier had an unenviable experience on Wednesday. He had gone to the church to be married, and the wedding party, on leaving the building, were surprised to find awaiting them one of the local police sergeants, who took the bridegroom into custody on a charge of being an absentee from his regiment. The bride was terribly upset at the incident.
A sequel to the incident took place yesterday (Thursday) at the Wellingborough Police Court.
Pte. Harry Rowthorne, of Rushden, was charged with being an absentee from the Northants Regiment.
Supt. McLeod stated that prisoner was arrested on Wednesday by P.S. Brumby, just after he had been married by special licence. The Commanding Officer had informed them that the prisoner was an absentee.
Prisoner said he was in a draft going to France, and came home to get married before he went. He intended to go back by the afternoon train on Wednesday, between 3 and 4 o’clock, but was arrested just after his wedding, so he did not get the chance.
He was remanded to wait a military escort, but under such circumstances he will, it is hoped, be treated with leniency.