Wartime love survives the test of time as couple mark 70th wedding anniversary

Phyllis and Edward (Ted) Dolan celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 17, 2015.

Phyllis and Edward (Ted) Dolan celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 17, 2015.

  • Couple mark 70 years of marriage
  • They met during the Second World War while serving at Hounslow Barracks
  • The duo have two children, two grandchildren and six great grandchildren
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A couple who met while working with cutting edge code breaking technology during the Second World War are celebrating 70 years of marriage.

Edward, known as Ted, and Phyllis Dolan, of Haylands Way in Bedford, met while serving in the Army at London’s Hounslow Barracks in 1942.

Signalman Ted was posted in the workshop where he made sure the teleprinter machines that Phyllis and others used to type up secret coded messages were kept in good running order.

“The teleprinters was at the cutting edge of technology and now it is just a funny mechanical things of years ago,” said Ted, 92. “We had an Engima machine - I did see it once but it wasn’t in action. It wasn’t until later that I realised what it was.”

After the war Ted returned to British Telecom as an engineer and Phyllis worked for a short time in the London Telegraph Office.

The pair, who until recently enjoyed playing badminton and ballroom dancing together, were married in 1945 at Barking Abbey in London and they are marking the 70 year milestone today (Tuesday, March 17).

Phyllis and Edward (Ted) Dolan celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 17, 2015.

Phyllis and Edward (Ted) Dolan celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 17, 2015.

They moved to Bedford in 1955 when Ted was promoted with BT, where they raised their two children - Clive, now 69, and Christine, now 67.

Today, they are grandparents to two girls and two boys and great grandparents to six.

Ted said the secret to a long and happy marriage is luck. “It is a very difficult question to answer,” he said. “We have enjoyed each others company over the years and we have travelled a lot on holidays.

“It means you are really completely compatible and you do everything your wife tells you,” he joked.