This 1914 wedding certificate belongs to the sailor pictured here. Sadly they were not to be together for long.
Thomas and Ellen Clark were married by special licence at Portsmouth Register Office on April 14, 1914.
Thomas was killed when HMS Black Prince was sunk on the first day of the Battle of Jutland, May 31, 1916.
He would have been the great uncle to Allan Sturmey who sent me the details.
The photo was taken by King & Co, of St James’s Road, Southsea.
Thomas, known as Ed, came from Lulworth, Dorset. In 1911 he was at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, and in early 1914 was based in Victory Barracks.
Nell, as Ellen was known, was at the time living with Thomas’s sister and brother-in-law George and Mary Waites at 35, Trafalgar Street, Landport.
They became Allan’s grandparents.
They moved to Rosyth in 1914 where George joined HMS Australia.
What became of Ellen we don’t know, but she must have been devastated when Thomas was killed two years into their marriage.
The photo on the left was taken by Eddie Wallace on a derelict site by the junction of Campbell Road and Outram Road, Southsea.
It was the location of St Bartholomew’s Church before it moved to Eastney.
It was there until St Andrew’s Church was built on the site.
Elizabeth Gardens is now located on this land.
Just as now, if there’s a space, park a car on it.