Sunday, 5 July 2015

A 21st Birthday Party

Group of Wounded Soldiers [Z1078/1]

Monday 5th July 1915: A thoroughly enjoyable garden party has been held today by Captain Louis and Mrs. Ada Sillem of 12, Rothsay Gardens, to celebrate the 21st birthday of their daughter Joyce, an old girl of Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford [1]. The guests included about twenty-five wounded soldiers who were invited to share in Joyce’s coming-of-age celebrations; they were also provided with plenty of cigarettes by Captain Sillem. Mr. Harold Johnson performed a short and entertaining programme of comic and patriotic songs with amusing monologues, which was much enjoyed by the audience. Tea was served on tables on the lawn and was followed by games.

Source: Bedfordshire Standard 6th July 1915

[1] The Dame Alice Harpur School newsletter of January 1924 records the marriage of Joyce Sillem to Leonard Parrack [Source: DAH9/1/7/12]

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