A Commando’s wedding


June 9, 1945
Former prisoners of war, now at home, gathered, to-day, for the wedding of Lance-Corporal George Eric Mitchell, of the Commandos, associated with the Liverpool Scottish, and Miss Edna Disley, of 2 Eastlake Street, Liverpool, at St. Benedict’s Church, Everton.

Lance-Corporal Mitchell, whose home is at 53 Norris Green Crescent was captured when the submarine in which he was voyaging was rammed by an enemy destroyer in the Mediterranean, in 1941. With him at the time was Corporal Robert Raisbeck, son of the football players and international, who was so famous as captain of Liverpool Football Club (Alex Raisbeck).

Corporal Raisbeck was best man at his comrade’s wedding to-day, and another comrade who was captured on the same occasion, Sergeant W.E. Coates, of the same unit, was also at the ceremony. Sergeant Coates lives in Saker Street, Anfield. These three men had been together from the time of the capture, and were prisoners at first in Italy, and later in Germany, until released by the American Third Army on April 28.

Other former prisoners of war at the wedding were Bombardier Jack Melling, R.A, of Carr Lane East, Liverpool, who was captured at Tobruk in 1942, and Flight-Sergeant Ronald Cartwright, Royal Air Force, of 54 Kensington, Liverpool, who was taken prisoner in November last, after baling out over Hungary when his plan was in flames. He was a prisoner in Germany, and was released by the Russians on April 22.

The bride served during the war in the Women’s Land Army.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 9, 1945; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited)

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