When Edward “Ed” Brock was 18, he was sent by the Army Air Force to a base in Irchester, England, during World War II. At that same time, 21-year-old and Irchester native, Blanche Luck, joined the British Women’s Land Army, where she worked on farms. She came home to Irchester on the weekends. Ed met Blanche’s younger sister first. She would meet guys on the base and bring them to her family’s home only three miles away to meet her parents and have a family dinner. “It gave them a place to go instead of going to a pub and making a fool of themselves,” Blanche said. It was a weekend that Blanche was home when she and Ed first met. “Boy, he was a nice-looking blonde guy,” she said. Not long after that, Ed and Blanche started spending their time off together. They say there wasn’t much to do; so they’d go to movies or walk around the village. “You didn’t want to go far because you didn’t know if you were going to get bombed,” Blanche said. “You had to be careful of what you did and where you went.”
There were quite a few English girls who dated and married American soldiers then, but Ed never thought he’d be one of them.
“I didn’t have any idea of dating,” Ed said. “I was in the Air Force and I was taking it seriously. It’s just one of those things. When it hits, it hits. It just fell in place.”
After Ed’s dad sent him money from his bank account in the U.S., he bought a ring and proposed to Blanche, and a few months after that, they were married May 19, 1945, at St. Catherine’s Church in Irchester. Ed was 21 and Blanche was 23.