| || Notes for EMMA (EVA) ELEANOR CORNELIUS:|
Always known as Eva Geraldine, her father got drunk on the way to register her birth and couldn't remember the correct names so named her after his sisters, Emma and Eleanor!This was not discovered until the birth certificate was produced for the wedding.
She met her future husband, Johnny Shields, when he was serving in WW 1 for the Leics. Regiment and was sent to Ireland to recover from the effects of gassing in the trenches.There he met Eva at the home of the Countess of Mouncashell (Eva's cousin, Florence).
The story about EvamarryingJohn Shields was handed down to all the children in N.Z by the 5 brothers. I think there were either rather envious or totally stunned that their big sister could sit on the front fence of the farm and "snare"a very eligible English army officer , andthen leaveIreland for a life of perceived luxury in England, where as they were sent toN.Z where they had to work extremely hard for their uncle to repay their boat fare. I get the impression things were pretty tough in Ireland at the time and that the family was living on past glories.
"The Marriage of Lieut. J.G. Shields R.F.A. with Miss Eva Geraldine Cornelius
July 26th 1917
(As taken from a newspaper account)
The marriage of Lieutenant John Shields R.F.A. to Miss Eva Geraldine Cornelius, took place at the parish church, Borris-in Ossory, Queens Co. Ireland, the home of the bride, on Wednesday.The bridegroom is the eldest son of Mr. John Gillies Shields J.P. C.C. (the agent for the executors of Lord Donington and Major Gretton of Donington Park), and a well-known agriculturist, and of Mrs. Shields, of the Manor House, Isley Walton, Leicestershire.Mr. Shields, who volunteered for service when the war began, will be best remembered as the popular captain of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and a member of the M.C.C.The bride, who is a cousin of the Countess of Mount Cashel, is the daughter of Mr. Alexander Fitzgerald Cornelius and Mrs. Cornelius of Ballytarsna House, Borris-in -Ossory, Ireland. The Rev. Robert Mollen, rector of Borris-in-Ossory performed the ceremony and the church was crowded. Mr. Reginald Cornelius, brother of the bride, was best man, the bridegroom having come from France on short leave for the wedding. There was one bridesmaid, Miss Ruby Cornelius, sister of the bride.The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress made in German style of an old gold satin and nigger brown and a picture hat.
A reception was held afterwards at Ballytarsna House and the newly married pair crossed to England on Thursday and motored home from Birmingham on Friday morning.This was the bride’s first visit to England.They will reside in Breedon Hall.A large number of presents awaited them and the approaches to Isley Walton were gaily decorated."