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Rushden Echo, Friday 12th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins
Walker - Bates

Rushden and Raunds Wedding

The marriage took place on Wednesday week at the Independent Wesleyan Church, Rushden, of Miss Lily Ellen Bates, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs H Bates, of 107 High-street, Rushden, and Gunner Horace Walker, R.G.A., second son of Mr and Mrs T Walker, of 49 Marshalls-road, Raunds. The Rev C J Keeler officiated.

The bride, who was given away by Rifleman R Walker, K.R.Rs, of Wellingborough (cousin of the bridegroom), was tastefully gowned in white silk with silver trimmings, and she wore a bridal veil with orange blossom and carried a bouquet of white lilies and chrysanthemums, the gift of the bridegroom. Her jewellery consisted of a silver brooch with the word “Ypres” in gold in the centre, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaid, Miss Ella Cook (cousin of the bride), wore a pretty dress of pale blue silk voile, and a wreath of silver leaves around her hair. Her jewellery consisted of a brooch similar to that worn by the bride, and also the gift of the bridegroom. The duties of best man were ably discharged by Mr F Walker (brother of the bridegroom). The bride’s parents were unfortunately unable to be present at the ceremony owing to indisposition.

Subsequent to the ceremony a quite reception was held at the bride’s home, the guests numbering 40. The bride was formerly an officer of the Rushden Girl Guides, and the bridegroom, who is well known in Raunds as a footballer, having played as goalkeeper for the town team, enlisted 2½ years ago, and has been in France a year and eight months. Both he and his best man were home on leave for the wedding. Gunner and Mrs Walker were the recipients of a large number of wedding gifts as follow:- Bride to bridegroom, gold ring; bride’s mother and father, wedding dress and cheque; bride’s brother and sister, Mr and Mrs E Bates, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, silver teapot; bride’s brother, Pte J Bates, copper kettle; bride’s sisters, Rose and Kate Bates, silver cream jug and basin; bridegroom’s mother and father, pair of Whitney blankets; bridegroom’s sister and brother, Mr and Mrs L Lawrance, Raunds, white linen sheets; brother and sister, Mr and Mrs J Walker, fancy tablecloth; sister, Miss L Walker, pair of embor bolster cases; brother, Pte Dick Walker and Miss F Annis, pair of hand-painted ornaments; Mr and Mrs J Cowley, Rushden, uncle and aunt, kitchen utensils; Pte. and Mrs Sid Cave, Rushden, cousins, oak tea tray; Miss E Cowley, Rushden, cousin, pair of jelly dishes and fancy cloth; Mr and Mrs W Cook, uncle and aunt, Rushden, nickel silver tea tray; Miss Ella Cook, cousin, Rushden, pair of nickel silver vases; Mr P Cook, cousin, Rushden, nickel cake knife; Mr F Cook, cousin, sugar dredge; Miss M Benning, friend, pair of nickel silver dessert spoons; Miss Ida Richardson, friend, jam spoon and butter knife; Miss D Tuller, friend, honey pot; Mr and Mrs J Meadows, Irthlingborough, uncle and aunt, pair of pretty flower vases; Mr and Mrs Books, friends, fruit dish; Mr and Mrs Battersby, friends, custard dish; Mr and Mrs Seckington and family, plant and pot; Mr and Mrs Cartwright and Mrs Baker, nickel silver sugar basin; Messrs Ashby and Ellis, silk blouse.

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