L/Cpl weds at end of war

The wedding took place at St. Bartholomew’s Church, on Satruday, 29 Sep 1945 between L/Cpl. R. J. Bent and Nancy Kennett.

Dover Express 05 October 1945

Dover Express 5 Oct 1945

Dover Express 02 April 1948

Dover Express 02 April 1948
The High Alter at St. Bartholomew’s Church

Nancy Matilda Kennett was my 1st cousin 1x removed, daughter of my Grand aunt Annie Jane Hawkins. You have to love the marriage write ups in the papers of the time. So much detail is given. What stands out here is that the bride wore “a white gown of figured silk crepe” where prior to World War Two I notice a lot of the brides wore blue dresses. And the reception at the “Dewdrop Inn” is interesting, to me this has an association with “The Waltons” television show that was set in Virginia, USA.

Alfred Stephen Hawkins & Family abt 1948

1948 at 46 Tower Hamlets, Dover
Front: Raymond Bent, Nancy holding Roger, Rene
Back: Alfred Stephen Hawkins, Annie, Charles Kennett, Hilda

Raymond John Bent was a draughtsman in the Royal Signals. He had met Nancy when he was working in the tunnels under the White Cliffs of Dover. Nancy was working in the NAAFI.

Annie Jane Hawkins

Annie Jane Hawkins
Mother of the Bride

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