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Rushden Echo, 13th June 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins
Toby – Holliday

A pretty wedding was solemnised by the Rev. P. E. Robson (Rector) at St Mary’s Church, Rushden, on Whit Monday, the contracting parties being Mr. Frank Percival Toby, D.C.M., M.M., late of the Cheshire regiment, eldest son of Mrs. And the late Mr. W. Toby, of 11 Oswald-road, Rushden, and Miss Emma Holliday, youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. Holliday, of Manchester. The bride, who was given away by Mr. A. Wills (friend), wore a fawn gabardine coat frock, with a fawn and blue hat. She carried a bouquet of lilies and roses. The bridesmaids were Misses Winnie and Evelyn Percival, cousins of the bridegroom. The former wore a navy blue taffeta dress with Georgette sleeves, and the latter a navy blue gabardine coat frock, each with hat to match. They carried bouquets of white carnations. Mr. Harry Toby, brother of the bridegroom acted as best man. A reception was held at the B.W.T.A. Hall, congratulatory speeches being made by Mrs. Schofield, sister of the bride, and Mr. Perkins, uncle of the bridegroom. “Rushden Echo” readers will remember that the bridegroom won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in November 1917, at the battle of Cambrai for keeping up communication between his company when it was cut off, and Brigade Headquarters. Pte. Toby fought his way through the enemy lines and reached headquarters with messages, defending himself from attack by the use of a revolver and a few bombs. On February 3rd 1918, he went out on patrol unaccompanied, and got behind the enemy’s lines into a village, where he kept himself for three days and nights. The valuable information with which he was able to return resulted in the British artillery getting range and blowing the place to pieces. It was for the latter brilliant work that he was awarded the Military Medal.

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