In amongst some reminiscence and oral history records that the Archives gathered as part of the Blakenhall “Stirring Memories” project, is a wedding photograph, a portion of which is reproduced here, together with some details about the bride and groom and other family members depicted.
The wedding took place at St Philip’s Church, Penn Fields, on 5 April 1915, and the groom was an Ernest Harold Jones. At this date he was serving in the 3rd Dragoon Guards (service number 12731). The bride is Beatrice May Deakin, and two of her brothers are also depicted on the larger photograph, George and Ernest Deakin. Both were also at that date serving in the Staffordshire Yeomanry.
Ernest Jones was born on 8 December 1891. In the 1901 census he is depicted as living at 38 Cobden Street with his parents Ernest Enoch and Elizabeth Sophia, brother Gilbert, and sisters Phyllis and Doris. By 1911, Ernest is at the same address and has become a tram car conductor. The household is the same, with the addition of a further sister, Hilda May.
Ernest and Beatrice went on to have three children – John, Ruby M. and Audrey – between 1915 and 1924. He died on 1 June 1940.