The wedding photo of my grandparents, Norman Charles Frederick WARD and Gladys Adelaide HONEYMAN-BULL, represents a cross section of the family at the start of the Second World War. The wedding took place on the 26th February 1939 on a cold crisp February Sunday and the group photograph seems to have been taken in the back garden on someone’s house, possibly that of the bride’s mother, Mary Ellen HONEYMAN-BULL nee AMISSON.
I have annotated the photograph identifying everyone in the family grouping using notes that my mother left. The grouping is entirely a family gathering from both sides of the family. The bridesmaids were Sophia Emily WARD (known as Cissy) and my Nan’s god-daughter Gladys Amelia Elizabeth PARKER with whom she shared a birthday. There is a woman’s face lost behind the groom and a big woman’s hat behind the groom’s mother that cannot be identified, but I would imagine they are also relations. David DALLAS’s wife, my Nan’s sister Ellen Jane (Nellie) is not in the picture, so I suspect she is the big hat. Someone is cut off to the left of the photo – perhaps a neighbour or someone who hadn’t attended the wedding and didn’t think they should be in shot. My Grandad’s best man was his brother Ben who is not in the photo – it is possible he may have had to go back to work after the ceremony.
Nan’s family in the photo are:
My great grandmother Mary Ellen AMISSON is next to my Nan. My Nan’s brother William Thomas BULL is on the far right. Ellen Jane HONEYMAN-BULL is probably the lady in the big hat that we cannot see, since her husband David DALLAS is behind my Nan. My Nan’s sister Nellie (Annie Louisa HONEYMAN-BULL) is present with her daughter Gladys PARKER (who is a bridesmaid). My Nan’s brother Harry HONEYMAN-BULL is there with his wife (Nelly PARMENTER, on the far left). My Nan’s sister Ivy HONEYMAN-BULL is there with her husband Bill CHAPMAN (rear centre left) and children Ivy and June CHAPMAN.
Grandad’s stepmother Sophia is next to my Grandad – his sister is Cissy (Sophia Emily WARD) with her husband Ron CONLEY. His brother Ben was at the ceremony but not in this picture.