South Wales GI Brides Number 5

South Wales GI Brides

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NUMBER FIVE MARCH 2011

By Glenn Booker

South Wales GI Brides Magazine

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Welcome to Number FIVE!

Features:

There are over 50 South Wales War Brides in this issue! Their (mostly) smiling faces, anyway! Seventeen on the front cover (and two youngsters) and many more on the back cover.

There some Themes for March – Brides Away! Off to the Land of the Free they sailed…Many not to return for several years.

The final batch of South Wales Women who married Men from Wisconsin – That has been a theme in the past two editions).

An Unusual Theme – regarding weddings and happenings:

A Wedding by Telephone! "Engagement Ring, Telephone Rings, Wedding Ring!" How unusual is that?

A flying groom… now that was unusual back then in 1946…and then they flew back to the US… most unusual…then.

Phoning homeunusual back then…it seems!

Yes, and Betty Davies gets married in Swansea.

A request for ye oldie photos…

Please pardon an advertisement.

Contact:

Glenn.booker501@yahoo.co.uk

Cell: 07790998405

8 Hillside Close, Barry, CF63 2QP

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The Final Batch of the Welsh War Brides who Married Men from Wisconsin…

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Saturday September 9th, 1944

BAUMDICKER – ARCHER

The engagement is announced between Raymond A Baumdicker, United States Army Air Corps, only son of Mr and Mrs Diehl of Wisconsin, USA, and Morfydd Dyllis, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs F Archer, of 5 Baldwin’s Crescent, Swansea.

Saturday January 8th, 1945

BAUMDICKER – ARCHER

On January 3rd, at Mount Pleasant Church, Raymond Baumdicker, only son of Mr and Mrs Diehl, of Wisconsin, USA, to Morfydd Dylis, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs F Archer, of 5 Baldwin’s Crescent, Swansea.

Saturday January 13th, 1945

BAUMDICKER – ARCHER

SWANSEA BRIDE OF US SERGEANT

Miss Morfydd Dylis Archer, daughter of Mr and Mrs Frederick Archer, Baldwins Crescent, Swansea, was married at Mount Pleasant Church, Swansea… to Technical Sergeant Raymond A Baumdicker, only son of Mr and Mrs Philip Diehl, of Wisconsin, USA… The bride is a member of the Great Western Railway dock manager’s personal staff. South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 4

Wednesday June 13th 1945

DAVIDSON – JONES

June 13th, at St Mary’s Church, Kidwelly, Hugh Russell, Lieutenant, United States Army Air Force, elder son of Mr and Mrs Russell Davidson, of Beloit, Wisconsin, USA, to Megan, daughter of Mr and Mrs W Jones, of Shintor Fach, Kidwelly.

That’s all the men from Wisconsin and women to Wisconsin for now. Next month the spotlight will be on those who went to WASHINGTON STATE on the West Coast of the USA…

NEXT: BETTY DAVIES GET MARRIED IN SWANSEA

Saturday April 27th, 1946

CROWLEY – DAVIES

WAR ROMANCE OF MAYHILL GIRL

After crossing the Atlantic in a passenger steamer, Chester Crowley, an ex-signaller in the US Navy, who is 22, has arrived in Swansea to complete arrangements for his wedding to Miss Betty Davies, aged 18, of Teilo Crescent, Mayhill.

Before joining the US Navy Crowley had been at College for a year, and he hopes to resume his studies in industrial chemistry on his return to Woodmont, Connecticut.

Usually the female sailed over the Pond to wed her betrothed.

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A south Wales Newspaper, April 1944

The above piece refers to a morale-boosting visit to south Wales in March 1944 by King George VI together with his wife Queen Elizabeth and the two Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. As indicated the visit also went down well with "our American Allies." But it is the phrase "several of the Yankee troops (apologies to those from south of the Mason-Dixon Line) were armed with the inevitable camera," which struck me.

During the war taking pictures was somewhat problematic for the British civilian as there being a shortage of film and other obstacles to overcome. However, it seems that GI’s had access to greater photographic resources. So, taking my cue from the above article, I am assuming that there are (still) many, many photos safely stored "Somewhere Over There" in the USA. And not just of the Royal Family Visit. More Ordinary Family photos? Wedding photos? Photos of GIs both on and off base? GI’s in town?

If friends in the US would like to search their desks, cupboards, old shoe boxes, closets, attics and garages! Who KNOWS what might turn up! Oh – if I get sent any I, of course, will keep you in the picture. – Glenn Booker South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 6

January 17th, 1946

How unusual was that?

(I assume that the chaplain was in Bremerton, Washington State.) South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 7

Saturday June 1st, 1946

THOMAS – HOPKINS

Fforestfach Bride of US ex-Sergeant

Mr Charles E Thomas, formerly a sergeant in the US army, son of Mr and Mrs Thomas of Iberia, Ohio, was married at Bethlehem Church, Cadle, Fforestfach, to Miss Gwenda Hopkins, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs WH Hopkins of Pleasant View, Fforestfach, Swansea … South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 8

SOUTH WALES ECHO

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NAMED IN ABOVE ARTICLE

Barbara Heath, Cardiff, to Stega, Illinois

Lilian Pitts, Tonypandy to Williams Port, Ohio

Sadie Zajkowski, Cardiff, to Long Island

Dorothy M Harvey, Whitchurch, Cardiff, to Newhaven, Connecticut

Beatrice Gassler, Penarth, also to Long Island

Lucille Esch, Neath, to Fort Worth, Texas

Mrs Sadie Zajkowski and Mrs Barbara Heath with their children

left Cardiff this morning to join their husbands in America.

Monday May 1st, 1944

HEATH – CHARLES

April 29th, at St German’s Church, Merle, Corporal, US Army, youngest son of Mr and Mrs T Heath, Homewood, Illinois, USA, to Barbara, only child of Mrs E Charles, Piercefield Place, Cardiff. South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 10

Phone Home …

Saturday December 27th, 1947

The things we take for granted nowadays! South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 11

OVER HERE IN BARRY

The American Presence IN OUR TOWN,

1942 – 1945

A PICTORIAL RECORD

(Part One)

A 32-page booklet available from me @£2.95 plus postage (UK) or $6 inclusive of postage (USA). Also available @ Copy-it, Holton Road, Barry, UK South Wales GI Brides Magazine Number Five March 2011 12 9993333333