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Date: September 28th 1918
To
Mrs. Bridges
Letter

“Park House”

Parkside Road.

Reading

September 28/1918

My dear Mrs Bridges

I promised Nettie yesterday I should write to you and now shall keep my promise and tell you all about her wedding.

It was all so sudden that even now I can hardly believe that she is Mrs Mackay! Sem came last Saturday and got leave as he had a touch of shell shock. Nettie was talking to him on Sat. night and on Sunday Crocket and I met him & we went to Daphne’s until Nettie came off duty – well they decided to be married and Nettie got leave and permission to do so – they planned on London but you have to (word crossed out, “be”) live there two weeks to be married there. They planned on September 26 but Nettie’s leave had not come through – Atwood & Stanley were here on the 26 & we all had lunch together – They went back to London that day & that night Nettie’s leave came through so the event was planned for Friday Sept 27 – Great excitement. Nettie & I got up early & had a bath and Sister Ferguson the Home Sister brought us up the loveliest breakfast tray – eggs and bacon – toast – marmalade and tea – she was simply perfect to us and my Matron gave me that morning off up to two o’clock that day – after breakfast Nettie & I flew in town & she got herself a purple velour hat & pretty pink georgette blouse – I shopped for her the beginning of the week & got her what she needed – we got back from town and she finished packing & dressing – the taxis came to the door and Nettie, Stanley and Atwood went in one and Sem, Sister [Higuson?] and I in the other – It was a very old Episcopal Church and the Vicar such a nice old man – Crocket and Miss Bailey a girl from Tasmania were there too and so that was the entire wedding party.

We all wore uniform & Nettie was married in hers. She looked so pretty and sweet and so radiantly happy and Stanley gave her away – It was so lovely having both boys here – Her wedding ring was a pretty narrow one – I mention that fact as the English ones are so hideous & broad and Sem tried so hard to get this one – her engagement ring is sweet – a solitaire and the ring & setting all platinum. Stanley and I were witness’.

We went to the “Great Western Hotel” & had lunch – just Nettie – Sem – Crocket – me Stan & Atwood – drank her health in champagne and had a cheery happy party – she went off to London and I do not know where they go from there – if Nettie’s leave had been longer I think they would have gone to Scotland but I believe she is only to have 5 days or maybe a week.

The day was lovely & fine and Nettie’s Matron and our Home Sister [Higuson?] were simply perfect to her.

Altogether everything was happy and seemed meant to be let that time – for Stan goes to France to-morrow and it is almost impossible for them ever to have leave altogether again – Sem goes back to France a week from to-day & I believe is to get his majority & be O. C of the 12th Battery. He is a dear & I think they are both so lucky. It was splendid Nettie wearing uniform to be married in –

Well Mrs Bridges dear I shall stop as I have so many letters to write but I did want you to know all about everything & how happy Net was and how well Stan & Atwood look – On account of [??]’s health it is so much better that the wedding was so quiet –

We all have the same bedroom and are very lucky here I think –

I must run – much love to you and remember me to the Doctor & Hazel

As ever

Just [Marybear?]

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