At St. Leonard's Church in Exeter, South-West England, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein today (Saturday) gave?
At St. Leonard's Church in Exeter, South-West England, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein today (Saturday) gave his 75-year-old sister away in marriage to Sir Godwin Michelmore, a former Mayor of the City and Aide de Camp of the late King George VI.
Lord Montgomery who, as Field-Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, was Commander of the Eighth Army in North Africa and Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies in France, of the British Armies in North-West Europe and the British Occupation Forces in Germany during World War II. Now 83, he has bene recently unwell and his sister's wedding has been the first time he has bene seen in public for several months.
The bridge, widow of Lieutenant-Colonel Winsome Holderness, married 76-year-old Sir Godwin in a simple 20-minute ceremony. Best Man was the groom's Solicitor son James, at whose home they later held a family reception.
Sir Godwin was ADC to King George VI - the Queen's father - from 1942 to 1945; and Mayor of Exeter 1949-50. Prior to this he too was a military man - having been mentioned in despatches in World War I, commanded several Divisions and Regiments between wars, and served as both Brigade and Division Commander in the Infantry during World War II.
After the private reception, Sir Godwin and Lady Michelmore left on a secret honeymoon.