The marriage of Alexander Richard (Dick) Bannard and Ethelyn Maureen Miller on June 15th, 1942 was unique in the Canadian Military, since theirs was the first marriage in the army service between two members of the same unit.
Maureen Bannard was employed by the Forestry Branch of the Government of Alberta as a radio operator prior to her enlistment with Canadian Women’s Army Corp (CWAC). At the time of her marriage she was a Corporal in the CWACs and was attached to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals staff in Calgary. Her role was as a stenographer and radio operator.
Warrant Officer Dick Bannard was a member of ‘E’ Troop Cavalry Signals (Reserve) Army Unit prior to his enlistment. He served as a member of the instructional cadre of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals of the Edmonton Garrison.
Eight women of the CWACs, three men of the Area Commandant Office, three instructors and two men of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals formed a guard of honour with crossed Signals flags at the wedding. The bride, groom and both attendants were all in the uniform of their units.
The marriage took place at 10:00 am on Monday, June 15, 1942 at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton, Alberta.