Love and Marriage

hilda and jack wedding picMilitary Hospitals were fine places for war-time romances. We have researched three stories of couples who met at Beaufort and subsequently married.


Hilda Newport and Jack Wesley

Hilda Newport was an Anzac nurse, born in Melbourne Australia. She arrived at Beaufort in 1915. Jack Wesley was born in Penzance, Cornwall, emigrated to Canada and during WW1 enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. They met at Beaufort in 1916, Jack was very ill and suffering from shell-shock. Hilda requested to be released from her two year contract three months early, and returned to Australia in 1917. They married in Australia in 1918.

Thanks to the excellent Australian Nurses in WW1 website for the photograph:



The Mock Wedding

The above is a photograph of a ‘mock wedding’, one of the theatrical events to entertain. Soldiers dressed up as bride, groom, guests and even vicar. We discovered an report of this event in Cooee Magazine which was produced by Australian soldiers from Bishops Knoll Military Hospital, Bristol.

“ Interesting Wedding in Bristol Society”
Yesterday at the Beaufort War Hospital a marriage took place between Emslie and Jock…The Reverend J Logan of Glasgow officiated and discharged his solemn duties in an able manner. The opening hymn ‘ when there isn’t a girl about’ was sung by a large gathering (mostly military) in an enthusiastic manner. ”




Marion Dunn and Dr Phillips

Census records show that Marion Dunn and John Richard Phillips were both working at The Bristol Asylum in 1902. With the arrival of the First World War Dr Phillips enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and became a major, whilst Marion Dunn was demoted to House Matron for the duration of the war. After the war, aged 57, Marion finally got her man, they married in 1925 and lived in Wiltshire.