Maisie and Ernest
While the American Servicemen based in Northern Ireland from 1942 where here to prepare for the invasion of North Africa and Europe, they had a huge social impact upon local people, not least amongst the local women.
Maisie Irene Black lived off the Beersbridge Rd, Belfast and Ernest Nickolette came from Lorain, Ohio, USA. On 25th March 1942, at a dance for the US servicemen held at Purdysburn Hospital, Maisie and Ernest met for the first time where they danced to songs by Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra. 🎼💃🏼
On 2nd March 1943, a year to the day after Ernest’s arrival in Belfast, he and Maisie wed at Dundonald Presbyterian Church. 👰🏻🤵🏻 Maisie and her family had even saved their ration coupons for many weeks beforehand so they could bake a wedding cake.🍰
At the end of the war, Maisie was one of approx. 1,800 women from Northern Ireland that moved to America to be with their husbands and become G.I. Brides. Maisie settled into her new life in Lorain, Ohio with the help and support of G.I. Brides from across the United Kingdom who had also fallen in love and married American soldiers.🌎💘
Maisie and Ernest raised two children who, after their first visit back to Northern Ireland in 1950 returned to the states with Irish accents!
Maisie and Ernest were happily married until Ernest’s passing in 1989. 💕
We would like to thank Marie Nickolette Tench for passing on the story of her mother and father.
If you or anyone else you know has a similar romantic story, or any other memories from the war, we would love to hear from you and have the story added to our collection through our War and Me Oral History Project. 🗣
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