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Coup - Else wedding, 189

Warney Mill, Darley Dale

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From the Venon Lamb Archive:

Tansley Post Office

Past Matlock & Matlock Bath photographers

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[1].

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[2]. His name is amongst the casualties of war listed on the Pic Tor Memorial in Matlock[3].

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[4] | 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 aunt[5].

Photograph by W. N. Statham in the collection of, provided by and © Judy Cooper.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to information elsewhere on this website):

[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 5 August 1915.

[2] Information from the Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364 held by the National Archives.

[3] See: Names on Matlock's War Memorial : WW1, Surnames A - J. There is more information about John Else.

[4] 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 1912 Directory.

[5] Elizabeth Walton was another child of John and Ann Else. She and her husband took over the Darley Mill when William left.