Before there were war widows there were weddings- bright eyed brides and hopeful grooms. When war brutally truncated those unions , some widows were able to find solace in new beginnings. And be brides again- maybe.
In posting these I genuinely ( really ) do not mean to make light of what must have been an awful situation. We hear of it all the time- men marching off to war never to be seen again. Clara Barton's Missing Soldier's Office tried mightily to fill that void and succeeded in some cases. There were still families left without answers. Heck, our family ' found ' my missing uncle what, 5 years ago? He left home for the war in 1863...
But. Sometimes what was thought lost was found. You'd have thought that good news- and of course it was. Mostly?
It doesn't seem to have been all that singular- posting only 3 instances although found quite a few and no, they do not appear to be apocryphal. Tracked at least one beyond doubt although won't post the family's information out of respect. It wasn't that long ago.
TWO more, in one article.
My grgrandmother, who I knew very well was making funeral arrangements for my grgrandfather. She never quite got over those days until receiving word he was not, in fact on board the Lusitania. That had been his original berth- his ' party ' had had a last-minute rerouting through DC , re-booked on another ship. I forget how many days it was until she received word, Mom told me, I forget. Obviously her misery did not last as long as it did for these women but you just can't imagine, or at least I don't want to.