Romance in air in war-time Spalding of 1915

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In amongst all the war news of 100 years ago was a tale of a romance.

A couple who had become engaged in Brussels, and then separated by war, had married in Spalding.

The young Belgian couple – Miss Alice Tierens and Norbert de Wael – had met in peacetime and became engaged to be married.

However, Norbert, a brigadier in the Belgian cavalry, joined his regiment when war broke out and went to the fighting line.

Alice was “hounded out of her home by the invading Huns”, and with thousands of compatriots, fled to the “hospitable shores of England”.

She was one of a number to be brought to Spalding by Father Tyck, and had remained in the town ever since.

Alice worked at Otway House, Pinchbeck, and was said to be “one of the brightest members of the Belgian colony at Spalding” and had made many friends locally.

The report said: “For months she heard no tidings of her brigadier, but eventually they secured an exchange of letters to their great joy.”

For some weeks Alice had been speaking to her friends about her soldier boy coming to see her, and he had arrived the previous week, dressed in khaki on a short leave from the front.

The report said: “The wedding was immediately fixed for Thursday morning, and the whole Belgian colony, and quite a number of English friends and well-wishers of the bride attended.”

The wedding was at Spalding Catholic Church, with Father Tyck officiating.

The report continued: “The romantic wedding was made the more so by the attendance as best man of Sgt Major Henri Seghers, who was entertained at Spalding last week in recognition of his military achievements. He is a friend of the bride and former neighbour of the bridegroom.”