On this day 1915: A soldier committed for bigamy . . .

Private Fred Jeffries of the Royal Sussex Regiment was charged with ‘feloniously marrying’ Rose Olive Jane Gumbrell at Shoreham whilst his wife, Sarah Jane Jeffries, was still alive.

Rose had met the defendant whilst working at a hotel in Eastbourne where he was billeted. They were later engaged at Hastings and married at Shoreham Parish Church. She had no idea he had been married to Sarah since 1899 and had six children!

28.08.15 church
St Mary’s Church photographed for a Shoreham Army Camp Brochure. Courtesy of West Sussex County Council Library Service http://www.westsussexpast.org.uk

Check out the full story in the West Sussex County Times:

West Sussex County Times 19150828-008

(West Sussex County Times, 28/8/1915)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

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