A PIONEER OF THE KHAKI GIRLS
Marriage of Miss E. L. Lord, of Flowery Field.
The marriage at St George’s Church on Thurday of Miss Emily Louise Lord, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lord, of the Flowery Field Hotel, Hyde, to Mr. Frank Waller son of Mrs. Waller and the late Mr. W. Waller. of Derby. The bride was the first young lady of Hyde to respond to the appeal made by the Government fot English girls to go to France and preform work on behalf of the military authorities. The first batch of such girls, known as the “Pioneers of the Khaki Girls” crossed the English Channel and arrived in France in March, 1917. They numbered but 12 strong, and amongst them Miss Lord. In France she remained until January of the present year, when she came home on leave. She had the misfortune to break down in health, and appearing before a medical board, she did not return to France. Miss Lord was discharged from the service in March, as a result of shell shock, sustained whilst in France. We are, however, pleased to state that she is now quite well again.
Miss Lord joined the Women’s Legion in November 1915, being one of the first recruits. She was sent to a military centre at Grantham to act as cook, and whilst in France she held the position of Sergeant in the Expeditionary Force Canteens. For the first two months after arriving in France Miss Lord was regularly working 19 hours a day. Up to joining the Women’s Legion she was teacher at St. George’s Sunday School Hyde. It was whilst in France that she met Mr. Waller, who was in hospital there. She attended him during his recovery, as on two occasions he was given up by the doctors.
Mr. Waller himself has seen between 3 and 4 years’ active service in Salonika and France. Enlisting as a private in the Hussars, he later obtained a commission in the Border Regiment, and was demobilised in June.
At St. Georges a large number of people assembled to witness the ceremony, which was performed by the vicar, the Rev. H. J. Graham. The bride looked charming in a cream costume, with hat to correspond, and carried a beautiful bouquet. She was attended as bridesmaid by her sister, Miss Mabel Lord, who looked equally becoming in an old rose coloured dress, with black and old rose coloured hat. She also carried a bouquet. The bride’s mother looked smart in a dark grey dress, with hat of dark velvet, underlined with white, whilst Mrs. Waller wore a black crape de chine dress and black silk hat. Both carried bouquets. Others present included Mrs. Cowburn, Nurse Waller and Miss Nellie Waller, sisters of the bridegroom. Mr. J. H. Ward discharged the duties of best man.
After the ceremony a reception was held at the Flowery Field Hotel, where a large number of guests were entertained. Mr. and Mrs. Waller are spending the honeymoon at Bournemouth, and will afterwards take up residance in London, where the bridegroom is employed in charge of Brent Gas Works, Hendon.
Amongst the many costly and handsome presents they have received is a beautiful piece of table silver from the Mayor and Mayoress of Hyde .. Alderman and Mrs. J. Mirfin