Harold Douglas Palmer Comer
26th. June 1888- 13th. August 1915
Pte. 17338 3rd Norfolk & Pte 20599 1st Essex Regiments
25 June 1915:
Harold Douglas Palmer Comer married Eva Blanche Pope Dunman in the registration district of Christchurch Hampshire. The marriage certificate confirms that Harold was at the time a Private in the 3rd Norfolk Regiment residing at Castle Road (Winton) Moordown. Harold's father is recorded as William Edward Comer (deceased) a Merchants Clerk. Harold's bride Eva is a 22 year old spinster and a domestic servant at Carrick lodge St Winifreds Road, Bournemouth. and her father is recorded as Theophilus Bartlett Dunman (deceased) a farmer. Witnesses were Edwin Leonard Cecil Hutchings (a solicitor's clerk and it's thought that he was a non family connected 'professional' witness) and Cyril Keith Marshall (who was about 17 years old and perhaps had a more personal connection?).
We now speculate that because Harold is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as 1st Essex, he was indeed part of the first draft and chose on his wedding day to record his rank in the Norfolk's because of pride in his regiment.