52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Golden Wedding Anniversary

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Golden Wedding Anniversary

On the 23rd March 1970, Edward & Mary Hodges celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary together.  The couple even received a mention in the South Wales Echo.

“Looking through their congratulatory cards are Mr Edward James Hodges, age 71, and his wife, Norah, aged 68, of Plas Road, Fleur-de-Lis, near Blackwood, who celebrated their golden wedding yesterday.  Mr and Mrs Hodges were married at Holy Trinity Church, Ystrad Mynach, and they have two daughters and seven grandchildren.  Before he retired, Mr Hodges worked for 51 years in the mining industry.”

South Wales Echo, 23rd March 1970
March 1970 – Edward James Hodges and Norah Hughes

The couple’s story is much more than this short newspaper clipping, and I often think about their somewhat tragic family story.

Edward was born on 24th May 1898 in Fleur-de-Lys, Monmouthshire to William Hodges and Rachel Griffiths.  Norah was born on 13th May 1901 in Lye, Worcestershire to Foley Hughes and Henrietta Evans.

Edward and Norah married on 22nd March 1920 by W. J. Williams, in the presence of Lily May Davies and James Hodge.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photographs of their wedding. 

During their marriage, they had four children.  Oliver Hughes was born in August 1920; Ralph was born on 4th June 1922, Mary on 9th April 1924.  The fourth child is living.

Edward and Norah outlived those three children.  Ralph passed away shortly after his birth.  Oliver’s plane was lost on an evening mission to Berlin in September 1943.  Mary died just weeks after this snippet was printed.

Norah died in 1977 and Edward in 1989. 

It’s funny to think that I could have met Edward… Even if I had, I would have been so young I may not remember anyway.  In all honesty, I can’t imagine how they felt after losing three of their four children. 

This post was written for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 23: Wedding.