The 4th August 1915 was a busy day for the Marsh family at Tansley
Post Office as two of the daughters married to two young men from
Matlock. This photograph shows Miss Alice Annie Marsh, one of the
brides, with her groom Sapper John Else and family members. The
couple were married at the Glenorchy Church, Matlock Bath and the
wedding party were later photographed outside Tansley Post Office
by W. N. Statham.
|Khaki weddings at Matlock.
From bridesmaid to bride was evidenced on Wednesday in a dual
khaki wedding of two sisters, daughters of Mr. Herbert Marsh
of Tansley. The first wedding took place at 1.30 p.m. at
Tansley Parish Church ; the rector, the Rev. J. B. Mais,
officiating. This was between Miss Maria Marsh and Company-sergeant-major
William Slater, who had come over from the front for the
wedding. Among the three bridesmaids was Miss Annie Marsh
and an hour later she and her brother, Mr S. W. Marsh (who
gave away both weddings) motored to the Glenorchy Church,
Matlock Bath, for second khaki wedding. The bridegroom here
was Sapper John Else, of Matlock, with the Royal Engineers,
and his bride was Miss Alice Annie Marsh, of Tansley. The
bride had two bridesmaids, Louisa Marsh and Katie Else.
John Else returned to his regiment after the wedding, leaving his
bride in her parent's home. He embarked for France on 27th August.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 25 January 1916 but was killed
in action on 9th June 1916, aged 25.
His name is amongst the casualties of war listed on the Pic Tor
Memorial in Matlock.
Enlargements of sections of the photograph.
Back row, standing L - R: Herbert Marsh, Tansley's
sub-post master, father of the bride | Unknown (Stephen William
Marsh?) | Unknown (John Else, uncle of groom?).
Front row, seated L - R: Mary Marsh, mother of the bride | Katie
Else? | Louisa Marsh?
Back row, standing L - R: Sapper John Else (groom)
| William Else, groom's father
Unknown (Martha Else?) | James Walton, jun., groom's cousin | Elizabeth
(Lily) Walton, groom's cousin.
Front row, seated L - R: Alice Annie Marsh, bride | Ellen Else
(nee Skirrow), groom's mother | Elizabeth (Lily) Walton, groom's
links are to information elsewhere on this website):
 "Derby Daily
Telegraph", 5 August
 Information from the Burnt Documents,
WO 363 and 364 held by the National Archives.
 See: Names
on Matlock's War Memorial : WW1, Surnames A - J. There is more information
about John Else.
 William Else was the elder son of John
Else of Warney Mill and his wife Ann. Following his father's untimely
death the family left the Darley Dale Mill and Mrs. Else settled
in Lime Tree House, Matlock. William returned to the Mill for a
short time, but the moved to New Street where his son John was
born in 1891. His wife Ellen died in 1932, aged 72 and William
died in 1945, aged 90. William Else and his family can be found
in New Street in on site census transcripts. See the
1891 census | the 1901
census. William let apartments on New street : Kelly's
1908 Directory | Kelly's
 Elizabeth Walton was another child
of John and Ann Else. She and her husband took over the Darley
Mill when William left.