A wedding before seeing active service

Some young couples rushed into marriage because the bridegroom was in the armed forces. One such groom was Henry Benyon (1884-1959), heir of the Englefield estate. (He survived the war, and wnet on to follow his father as Lord Lieutenant of the county.) The Burghfield parish magazine tells us more:

The marriage of Lieut. Henry A Benyon, son and heir of the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and of Mrs Benyon, to Miss Violet Eveline Peek, daughter of the late Sir Cuthbert Peek and of the Hon. Lady Peek, of Ronsden, Devon, took place at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London, on March 10th.

It was originally intended that the wedding should be celebrated in Devonshire at a later date, but this arrangement had to be altered in consequence of the bridegroom’s regiment (the Berkshire Yeomanry) being ordered abroad.

Lieut. Benyon is so well known in Burghfield that we feel sure all our parishioners will unite in congratulating both him and his bride, and in wishing them long life and happiness.

Burghfield parish magazine, April 1915 (D/EX725/3)