Sunday, January 22, 2012

March 1-7, 1940

Jacqueline Rosemary Otter, the eldest daughter of Company Commander Mrs Jagger ATS of Blunsdon House and the late Capt. R.J.C. Otter was married to Mr Richard Clement Frazer Aston at St Leonard's Church, in what was described as one of the biggest weddings in Blunsdon for many years.

The bride had been serving in the 44th Wiltshire VAD Detachment. Among the guests who thronged the picturesque church were fellow members of the VADs, officer friends of the bridegroom and members of the ATS. The couple left the church beneath a guard of honour formed by members of the military police.

Following a reception at Blunsdon House, the newly married Mr and Mrs Aston left by car for a honeymoon in Wales.

The death of a popular Swindon doctor made the news this week in 1940 when Dr J.W. Darling collapsed while on a house call in Croft Road, and died shortly afterwards.

Dr Darling was described as a man of great energy and large heartedness who had not spared himself in furthering the welfare of the community in which he lived and worked. Overwork was thought to have contributed to the doctor's sudden and premature death at the age of 48.

During the Great War Dr Darling had served as a Medical Officer with the Scots Guards and had been awarded the Military Cross for gallentry on the field.

The funeral took place of Mrs Maria Matthews who died at her home aged 97 years old and who was believed to be the oldest woman in Swindon.

The widow of Jesse Matthews, who ran a newsagent's shop in Regent Street, Mrs Matthews was one of the first four woman elected in 1894 to sit on the Poor Law Board of Guardians.

Described as a remarkably active woman, Mrs Matthews had celebrated her 97th birthday by 'tidying up' at her home at 72 Kent Road.

The Rev Joseph Coombes conducted the service at Mrs Matthews' former home and afterwards at Radnor Street Cemetery.

Mrs Matthews left a family eight daughters, two of whom lived in Canada, and a son.

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