Philip Slack

Wedding Wednesday – Ethel Constance Godwin and Philip Slack

Philip Slack is my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are Arthur Earles Slack and Annie Dale. The link between my wife and Philip is from James Espley and Martha Silvester – my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

Philip was born on 24 March 1914 in Stockport, Cheshire.

On Monday 12 June 1939 Philip married Ethel Constance Godwin at St. Mark’s Church, Saltney, Chester. The Chester Chronicle carried a report of the wedding on 17 June 1939 (image from

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A large number of relatives and friends attended the wedding at St. Mark’s Church, Saltney, on Monday, of Miss Ethel Constance Godwin, youngest daughter of the late Mr W N Godwin and of Mrs Godwin, 31, Brook Lane, Chester, and Mr Philip Slack, only son of Mr and Mrs Slack, 48, Glan Aber Park, Hough Green. The bridegroom’s father is well known as the manager of the Chester Labour Exchange.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (the Rev. J Phillips), and Mrs C Hassall was at the organ and played for the hymn “O Father, all creating.” The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr W N Godwin, wore a full length light blue net dress over a taffeta foundation, with veil, her coronet of natural roses matching the sheaf of roses she carried. Her gold wristlet watch was the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids – Miss Ruby Pym and Miss Marjory Slack (sister of the bridegroom) – wore dresses of cyclamen ninon net over pink crepe-de-chine. They also wore floral headdresses and carried bouquets of delphiniums. Mr Allan Slack was best man.
A reception was held at the Plane Tree Cafe, where the bride’s mother, wearing a navy blue two piece and hat to match, received a large number of guests. She was attended by the bridegroom’s mother, who chose a black silk two piece and hat to tone.
Among the guests were Mrs M C Godwin, Mr and Mrs A Godwin and Master Edward Godwin, Mr and Mrs J Greenhalgh (Wolverhampton), Mr and Mrs W M Godwin (Crewe), Mr and Mrs R W Pickmere (Nigeria), Miss Bertha Godwin, Mrs R J Fletcher (Barrow), Miss Nance Denson, Mr and Mrs J Johnson and Miss Winnie Johnson, Miss M Smith (Tarvin), Mrs Light, Mrs C Robinson, Mr and Mrs Snape (Leeds), Mr and Mrs Slack, Mr J W Slack (bridegroom’s grandfather, who had just returned from a world tour), Mr and Mrs Dale (Prestbury), Mr and Mrs A Slack (London), Miss Dale (Warwick), Mr and Mrs W Slack (Reading), Mr and Mrs Carlisle (Macclesfield), and Mr and Mrs B Goulden (Macclesfield).
Mr and Mrs Philip Slack left for Grange-over-Sands, and on their return they will live at King’s Crescent East, Stocks Lane. The bride wore a powder blue costume for the journey.
The colleagues of Mr Slack at the Customs and Excise Office, Chester, gave him a sliver salver as a wedding present. Messrs Walter Conway, Chester, gave the bride a cheque on leaving for her wedding, and her office colleagues gave her an electric iron.

Now you would hope that this was a very happy time for Philip and Ethel. However the Chester Chronicle of 1 July 1939 – just over two weeks after the marriage reported that Philip was seriously ill.

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Mr Philip Slack, who has been lying seriously ill at his home in King’s Crescent, Chester, was today (Friday) stated to have passed a good night. Mr Slack is the son of Mr A E Slack, head of the Chester Labour Exchange.

I am happy to report that Philip presumably made a good recovery and lived until 1984. Ethel Constance died on 21 December 1991.

The couple had one son and one daughter.