On January 19, 1918, Captain John Collings-Taswell Glossop, C.B.R.N., married the daughter of one of Bathurst's oldest families in the district at the time in a war wedding.
The captain was by now in charge of Garden Island in Sydney. He was the fifth son of the late Rev. G.G.P. Glossop and Mrs Glossop of Campden Hill Court, Kensington, in London.
Miss Ethel McPhillamy married the captain at her parents' home, Blair Athol, in upper Keppel Street.
Glossop was the commander of H.M.A.S. Sydney when it sank the German light cruiser SMS Emden at Cocos Island on November 9, 1914.
Allison Ethel was the youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs John McPhillamy and the wedding service was held on a Saturday afternoon at All Saints' Cathedral in brilliant sunshine. His bride was described as one of the fairest society girls in Bathurst.
Long before the appointed hour of 2pm for the ceremony, the cathedral was packed almost to the overflow. The centre aisles were reserved for the special relatives and friends of the bridal pair, a silver card defining the seats so set apart, and Mr Willman, one of the wardens of the church, acting as usher. Mrs Brooke-Moore and her daughter were responsible for the floral decorations.
The bride was not attended by a maid of honour. Her best girlfriend, Miss Queenie Lindsay, performed any little service needed by her.
Mrs McPhillamy, mother of the bride, entered the church just before the bride. Lohengrin's Bridal March was played on the organ as the bride and her father entered the church, and went down the aisle to the chancel steps, where she was joined by the bridegroom. The bride, a graceful, stately girl, looked for all the world like a fairy princess in her exquisite bridal robe of almost extreme simplicity. It was fashioned out of white tulle over charmeuse.
At its base it had a double band of embroidery, while higher up, but well below the waistline, a broad band of gold satin ribbon was arranged in sash effect, this note of colour being introduced as it was the naval colour of the bridegroom. The bodice was shaped in 'evening' and fell in soft folds, adorned with tiny buttons.
An embossed tulle veil arranged in cap fashion and held in position by a chaplet of orange blossoms almost covered the bridal frock. She carried a huge sheaf of white lillies and roses in her gloveless hands to complete an ideal bridal array.
The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. Stephen O'Breznan Ball, a very old friend of the bride's, assisted by the Rev. Canon Wilton, sub-dean of All Saints' Cathedral.
Military regulations do not permit the officers wearing full uniform during war-time, so the bridegroom wore undress naval uniform, as did his best man, who was Robin Massey from Sydney, nephew of Sir T.A. Dibbs.
Later, Captain and Mrs Glossop left for the first part of their honeymoon trip as they proceeded to Mount Victoria by motor. Later, they visited Tasmania. The bride's going away frock was a cornflower blue gabardine coat and skirt enhanced with much stitching and hat to match.
Captain Glossop's reputation was well-known in Bathurst. Bathurstians followed the German cruiser Emden saga under captain von Muller as they were the terror of the seas, riding in the Indian Ocean, sinking Allied ships, bombarding strategic outposts, and evading every Allied ship of war which sought to end her career.
Captain John Glossop earned world fame for himself and his warship.
Troop transports containing the first of the Australian Expeditionary Force, including my uncle, Light Horseman Les Moorehead, were being transported to Gallipoli and the Middle East, convoyed by H.M.A.S. Sydney and a Japanese cruiser.
Being near Cocos Island, the Sydney was detailed to investigate. H.M.A.S. Sydney outclassed the Emden from the first, but they fought for almost two hours and then the Emden was run hard on a reef.