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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 31 December 20 16:37 GMT (UK) »
Not that it helps a great deal but 512 Company ATS was in the Middle East 1943/1945 (war diaries at the National Archives).

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 31 December 20 22:43 GMT (UK) »
They were on an overseas posting so only friends of the couple amongst serving personnel would be there. He could have given the bride away.

That makes sense.  :)

(Though it still doesn’t explain the hand holding)  ;D

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #21 on: Friday 01 January 21 01:02 GMT (UK) »

There are 2 wedding photos that we know of (both held at the Library of Congress due to them having the full collection of the photographer!). The other one is a larger group, I'm guessing all the people at the wedding - all look to be military.  In both photos he is standing next to the bride and in both he is holding her hand....it is intriguing!

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Why? How very curious.

Is there anyone in the family who may be able to offer an explanation? Presuming both of your grandparents are deceased, perhaps a close relative of your grandparents or  their children?

No one of their generation is left alive and everyone I have spoken to is surprised. We had one of the photos all along so could have asked Grandma about it except nobody noticed until the second photo surfaced after their deaths.

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #22 on: Friday 01 January 21 01:05 GMT (UK) »
What was your grandmother's age when she was married? Did she have any other relatives who might have been at the wedding, older brother, father even? One would imagine that only a close relative would hold her hand.

Hope you get the question sorted out.

Good luck and Happy New Year

She was 22 yrs old. The only male relative it could remotely be is an uncle, but I can't find any sign that he served in WW2, and there isn't much of a resemblance. It is likely to stay a mystery I suspect.

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #23 on: Saturday 02 January 21 21:39 GMT (UK) »
I'm still interested that "Army Man" seems to be wearing corporal's stripes but only on his right arm. As far as I am aware no units of either the British Army or the RAF followed this practice apart from certain regiments when in Dress Uniform only, which is not the case here.  Can any of our resident experts throw any light on this ? Could our man belong to a non-British or Commonwealth force (Polish, Free-French etc.) ? Could he be a military hospital patient out for the ceremony, which might explain the hand-hold if he is a bit fragile ?  Any other thoughts ?
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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #24 on: Saturday 02 January 21 21:47 GMT (UK) »
I wondered if he had sight problems due to injury
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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #25 on: Sunday 03 January 21 10:23 GMT (UK) »
I'm still interested that "Army Man" seems to be wearing corporal's stripes but only on his right arm. As far as I am aware no units of either the British Army or the RAF followed this practice apart from certain regiments when in Dress Uniform only, which is not the case here.  Can any of our resident experts throw any light on this ? Could our man belong to a non-British or Commonwealth force (Polish, Free-French etc.) ? Could he be a military hospital patient out for the ceremony, which might explain the hand-hold if he is a bit fragile ?  Any other thoughts ?
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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #26 on: Sunday 03 January 21 10:25 GMT (UK) »
You can see the stripes on his left arm in the second photo.