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First published 14th February 1919.

A love romance between a young Lancashire officer of humble origin and a wealthy R.A.F. girl has just culminated in their marriage at Dublin.

The bridegroom is Lieutenant William Ashworth, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, of Middleton, who has been five times wounded, and the bride Miss H. R. Justin*, a Kildare beauty belonging to a well-known and wealthy family.

Miss Justin was in the Royal Air Force, and met the young lieutenant while he was stationed at Dublin. It was a case of love at first-sight and they were married after a four month courtship at St. Ana’s (Anglican) Church, Dublin on Wednesday (12th February 1919).

The ceremony was attended by twenty R.A.F. girls in blue uniform, who formed a guard of honour at the church. There was a large gathering of military friends of both parties.

At the outbreak of war Lieutenant Ashworth, who is now 23, was a jacquard loom overlooker at Middleton, where his father is working today as a foreman overlooker, and where his grandfather also worked many years.



* Hannah Rebecca Justin

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One Response to Newspapers: War Romance

  1. Cathy Scott says:

    Hello Paul, I was so surprised when I stumbled across this account of William Ashworth and Hannah Justin as the result of a simple Google search!! While I am not related to Hannah, I have done some research about her because Bill, eventually, became my step-grandfather when he married my grandmother in 1956. He (and Hannah)emigrated to Canada shortly after WWI. It’s always so special to find stories to augment the “dusty” records. Thank you for posting!

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