A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?


23. Hiding a cake in an apples crate


Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 16:30

Entry: 24/?

Subject: Hiding a cake in an apples crate

Tip/advice: #? Nothing is impossible


Hiding a cake in an apples crate? That’s a crazy phrase; a phrase that has a good story and two lifetimes hold within it. My mam looks after old people for her job and one of her service users are a couple who are both 97 respectively and have been married for 75 years – having been married in April 1940 during the war

They told mam a story whereby they got married and had to hide their wedding cake in an apples crate in order to go undetected. I’ve been told that the wedding dress was gorgeous and they have lived happily for many years.

According to research, which I love to curb my curiosity, marriages during wartime was not that uncommon.

With millions of men forced into uniform and taken away from their homes, it was a conflict with a profound impact on British society.

Now, new research sheds light a little known social phenomenon caused by the First World War, which saw many young couples become engaged without even meeting face to face.

The study shows how tens of thousands of women left at home were encouraged by their local communities to form friendships with soldiers at the front by writing to them. Many of these correspondence swiftly led to marriage.

However, several relationships ended badly, resulting in heartache – and even court cases – for many of those concerned, and the issue prompted concern at high levels of society. One bishop warned against the practice which he said led to “disastrous” consequences.

The study shows how publications ran lonely heart adverts from soldiers titled “matrimonials”, where men would attempt to meet women with a view to marrying them.

Several others encouraged schemes involving women writing to soldiers. In 1915 the Manchester Evening News reported that 90,000 women had joined such a scheme whereby each one became “godmother” to an adopted soldier.

Research said the women had received “extravagant letters of gratitude” which “prove the comfort and joy they are able to give”. The scheme was so popular, that there were not enough soldiers and an excess of godmothers.

One case is of a servant girl who, having corresponded with a soldier, asked for four days’ leave and returned a married woman. He added that the “danger” also concerned “educated women” who “mistake impulse for love” and marry servicemen “after two or three days’ acquaintanceship”.

However, some relationships were ending up in court when they became “intolerable”.


One lesson to learn from this is to say that marriage can be both a good thing and a bad thing. 

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