Helen Stowell is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are Dent Stowell and Helen Gordon. Our common ancestors are John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.
Helen was born on 21 July 1921 in Wayne, Michigan, USA. She came to England with her family in 1933.
Before joining the W.R.E.N.’s in 1940 Helen worked at Marks and Spencer’s branch in Wolverhampton.
While serving in the W.R.EN.’s in Scotland Helen met and married John Park. A report of their marriage is in the Burnley Express of 29 November 1941.
A guard-of-honour of Wrens and naval ratings was formed at Bon Accord Church of Scotland, Aberdeen, for the wedding of Mr John Park (R.N.), son of Mr and Mrs Park, 78 East Crescent, Troon, Ayrshire, to Miss Helen Stowell (W.R.N.S.), daughter of Mr and Mrs D Stowell, 40 Accrington Road, Burnley.
Given away by her friend, Mr A Bengie, of Aberdeen, the bride was charmingly attired in white stiff lace with satin edgings and a veil with a headdress of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink and white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaid, Miss Adeline Downie, who is also serving with the W.R.N.S., wore a white lace with cyclamen edgings and a shepherdess hat of white net. The mixed flowers of her posy toned with those on her dress and hat.
The groom’s friend, Mr Felix Clark (R.N.), was best man.
After a reception at the bridesmaid’s home Mr and Mrs Park left to spend their honeymoon in Wolverhampton, the bride travelling in uniform.