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24 September 2014
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G.I. Brides from Burtonwood

Couple sat on No Parking Sign
The G.I. Bride Couple - a UK wide phenomenon.
But there were many, many children who were G.I. babies who never met their fathers.
Listen to the Melancholy Baby Series from Radio 4

GI Bride Couple
One of many couples who married following meeting in or around Burtonwood.

Over 6,500 local women became G.I. Brides after marrying personnel from the Burtonwood Base.

Donald & Cecilia, married 1950
Donald & Cecelia who tied the knot in 1950

Many couples met and formed relationships in very short spaces of time as they didn't know when the G.I. would be moved on - especially when the G.I.'s were in the Personnel Dispersel Centre.

We had every evening free and spent that in Warrington, and it was there that I met a lovely young lady called Edith Jones. She had an identical sister called Lilian and everyone had trouble telling them apart.
We arranged to meet again and did in fact every evening, not knowing when the last night would be.

Olive & Murphy
Pete & Freda, married 1944
Pete & Freda in 1944

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