Rushden Echo, 23rd June 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Khaki Wedding At Rushden
A marriage which aroused considerable local interest took place at the Catholic Church, Rushden, on Saturday, when Corpl Harry Edward Silburn, of the 15th Hussars, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Silburn, of 198 Wellingborough-road, Rushden, was united in matrimony to Mdlle. Valentine Jean Shumers, daughter of Monsieur Ernest Shumers, of Parenty, P.D.C., France.
It will be remembered, as already reported in the “Rushden Echo,” that Corpl. Silburn, who has just left hospital after an attack of pneumonia, met his bride in France just prior to his illness. He was billeted on a farm adjacent to her parent’s property, and came to meet her through her acting as interpreter to the regiment.
The ceremony on Saturday was conducted by the Rev. Father O’Sullivan. The bride, who was given away by Mr. R. E. Silburn (father of the bridegroom), was tastefully attired in cream satin and tulle net with white hat trimmed with an ostrich plume to match. She carried a handsome bouquet of white roses, carnations and maidenhair fern, the gift of the bridegroom, and wore a gold locket set with turquoise and pearls, also the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were the Misses M. J. and S. I. Silburn (sisters of the bridegroom). The former was gowned in khaki satin, and the latter in khaki silk ninon. Both wore white leghorn hats. Pte. Leslie Merle Silburn, (brother of the bridegroom), discharged the duties of best man.
A reception followed the ceremony at the bridegroom’s home. Corpl. and Mrs. Silburn were the recipients of numerous and costly presents, including a handsome writing case in pigskin from the Commandant of the Northiam Red Cross Hospital, where the bridegroom was stationed during his convalescence, and a suede letter case from the Matron.