Kirby Stephen Grammar Scool

Wedding Wednesday – Joseph Lynn Cuffley and Georgina Paley Aisbitt

I orginally published this Wedding Wednesday blog back in April this year. I have since acquired a wedding day photograph of Joseph and Georgina – so this is a great opportunity to republish the blog post with the photograph.

Georgina Paley Aisbitt is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Matthew Gullford Aisbitt and Rhoda Paley. Our common ancestors are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

Georgina was born on 24 August 1920 and her birth was registered in the East Ward district of Westmorland.

Sometime in the first quarter of 1944 Georgina married Joseph Lynn Cuffley and a report of the wedding was published in the Penrith Observer of 22 February (image taken from (

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The marriage took place at Kirkby Stephen, conducted by the Rev C F Cardale, of Mr Joseph Lynn Cuffley and Miss Geanie Aisbitt, only daughter of Mr and Mrs M Aisbitt, The Crescent, Kirkby Stephen.
The bride was given away by her father and wore a white satin beaute dress, with train, her veil being held in place by a spray of silk camelias. She wore white shoes and carried a bouquet of pink carnations with a “lucky” horseshoe. Miss Ethel Madden, who was her bridesmaid, was attired in a figured taffeta turquoise dress with short matching veil and gold shoes. Her bouquet was of tulips. Sergeant Conrad Maurar, Australian Air Force, was best man. Mr Donald Aisbitt (bride’s brother) was the usher.
After the reception in the Temperance Hall, Mr and Mrs Cuffley went to Morecambe for their honeymoon, the bride travelling in a blue wool marocain dress, blue camel hair coat with shoes and hat to tone. The bridegroom’s gift to the bridesmaid was a handbag.
The bridegroom has been in the Forces for 31/2 years as a despatch rider in the R.E. The bride attended Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. She studied for the teaching profession, which she intends to continue at St Hild’s College, Durham. For the past three years she has been on the staff of Havelock Junior School, Sunderland, from which she received a handsome mirror. The children of her own class combined to give her a brush and comb tray.


Here you can see Joseph and Georgina looking very happy on their wedding day – less than four months before D-Day. There will be many wedding photographs from the period where the bridegroom is proudly wearing an army, navy or RAF uniform.

Joseph and Georgina went on to have two sons.

Joseph died on 27 August 1993 and Georgina in 2005.