A hundred years ago June 14, 1918. Archives

From the Archives (June 14, 1918): An interesting war marriage.

An interesting application was made before Mr. Justice Chaudhuri at the [Calcutta] High Court by Mr. Buckland on behalf of a military officer who was suddenly ordered to the front and who wished to get married before leaving Calcutta. The applicant, Lieutenant Keogh, is an Indian Water Transport Royal Engineer and was ordered to leave Calcutta that evening. He was a bachelor and was engaged to Mrs. Margaret Reilly, a widow. Both were European British subjects and both were anxious to get married that day before the applicant left for the front. They desired to be married under the Christian Marriage Act, but Registrar could not marry them without four days’ notice unless the High Court directed him to issue the required certificate that day. Counsel pointed out a similar order to that now asked for was passed on a petition by Thomas Trewellard Robyus for his marriage with Effie-de-la Revese Catania. His Lordship passed order directing the Marriage Registrar of Calcutta to issue certificate of petitioners’ marriage with Mrs. Margaret Reilly that day.

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