On this day in Yorkshire

Leeds brides going to US

Saturday, 23rd January 2016, 8:00 am

January 23, 1946

Four Leeds girls, among the 10,000 G.I. brides waiting in Britain to join their husbands in the United States, have been warned to stand-by for probable sailing in the Queen Mary on February 3.

On arrival, they will find the household problems for newly-weds are much the same as in this country, and three of them are resigned to living with relatives until the American housing shortage is eased.

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Mrs Shirley Leslie (19), of Henconner Crescent, Chapel Allerton, is taking her five-month-old son, James, to join her husband,. Flying Officer James F Leslie, at Cairo, Illinois.

Formerly a glider pilot in the USAAF, F/O Leslie now a student at Carbondale University, near Cairo. Mr and Mr. Leslie met a Leeds dance in the summer of 1944 and were married the following December.

Mrs Ellen Woodward, of Well House Square, Potternewton Lane, met. her husband, Charles Woodward, of the USAAF, while she was serving with the ATS in Leicester two and half years ago, and they were married a few months later. Mr Woodward is completing his studies as an engineer in Denver, Colorado. His wife and eight-month-old son, Peter, will go to his father’s home at Brewster. Nebraska.

Mrs Edna Andriessan, of Herbert Place, Meanwood Road, was working in the Yeadon aircraft factory at the time when she met S/Sgt Sibley Andriessan, USAAF, at a dance at Leeds Town Hall; they were married last August. She will join her husband in Chicago, where they will live with his sister until they can find a house.

The only one of this Leeds quartet to be going to a home of her own is Mrs Nora Pettigrew, whose husband, former Sergeant Archie Pettigrew, also the USAAF, works as clerk in Fifth Avenue, New York. Mrs Pettigrew was serving with the ATS when they met at a dance at Watford; they were married in September, 1944.