Who is Mrs Saville? 💒🌸Bank Holiday Puzzle🧩

NEW Update…please scroll down ………

These super photos are a recent buy for me from Ebay. I just loved the Wedding photos and also the added bonus of a Military uniform. The seller was selling several old photos from the same Album that had been split to sell, so these I chose as they seemed the most interesting.

This is all that is written on the Album page?

So who could Mrs Saville be? Do you have the surname among your Ancestors? Can anyone help? Although I haven’t researched any of these names at all yet. My theory is that from the way that the different words are written on these various photos, could it have been a Housekeeper or a servant’s photo Album?

Could these ladies be the Mothers of the Bride and Groom?
The Bridesmaids look stunning don’t they!
Bride arriving at Church with her Father.
The Bride and Groom emerging from the Church to a guard of honour. Doesn’t he look splendid!
Can anyone help with the Regiment please?

UPDATE: Huge thanks to Nicholas on Twitter, he tells me ” The groom is wearing the full dress uniform of an infantry regiment, pre WW2. It look as if he has 2 stars on his shoulder boards indicating that he is a lietenant. I can’t make out the regimental badge on his collar.”

These last three photos below were loose and not on an Album page, but information is from the seller what was written with them.

My friend Liz thinks this: “The Chinese lady is dressed like an Amah in the east, mid 20th century”. An Amah is a Nurse/Nanny. Liz has lived in the East and says they were referred to just by their surnames. Looks like a tight bun on her head, with her hair tied back.

UPDATE: All this new information from David Wilson on Twitter:

A lot of the details of the wedding of this lady to Sidney Saville of the West Kent Regiment in 1926 fit, including the guard of honour at the church. The only thing that doesn’t fit is the church tower itself! The wedding was at All Saints Church, Maidstone. The tower looks different today. However, if it was the right lady there’s a bit of a tragic end for Helen Irene Saville in 1957.

Hopefully, it is the right couple as it makes a heck of a story! To save you a bit of searching here’s a timeline: Helen Irene Lushington was born in c1902, Thornham Kent to Henry V (born India c1856) and Emily Beryl Lushington Helen marries Sidney Foster Saville in 1926 in Kent. Son, David Stanley Lushington Saville born in 1932 Sometime between 1932 and 1954 Helen and Sidney divorced? A Helen Irene Saville involved in film production 1950 ( same one ?) Sidney Foster Saville marries (widow/divorcee) Penelope Ann Palmer (or King), Isle of Wight 1954 Now living in just one room in Notting Hill, Helen’s body found on Sussex beach 1957 (see clip). David Stanley Lushington Saville marries Gillian Watson in Surrey in 1959. David Stanley Lushington Saville dies in 1999 which perhaps is when the album was disposed of?

Regarding the Lushington/Saville marriage in 1926, I said the church was worrying me as it looked different today. However looking at the street view, the church in the wedding pics in the background wasn’t the marriage church! The church in the pics was the Baptist Church in Maidstone. The marriage church (All Saints) is out of view on the left of this picture. This more or less makes me think it was the right family.

The Lushingtons and Mr and Mrs Saville in this pic from 1928 in The Tatler. Maybe Helen is on the right and Sidney is in the middle at the back?

Huge thanks to David for all this wonderful information about the Saville family.

Any help with this small collection would be wonderful, thank you.

Hope you are all having a good Bank Holiday weekend.

Till next time then……..


  1. Hi Lynn, You certainly have a puzzle here. Wish I could help. The one photo looks as if taken in the Roaring Twenties by the style of the clothes. I hope you have some success and relatives will contact you. Good luck anyway. Stay safe/

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  2. Thank you Lynn

    Always look forward to your waffles , tried to solve it but no luck , hope you crack it .

    Regards Allan

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10


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