Daisy returned to Britain after one contract with the Red Cross (minimum term six months) and we loose sight of her until her marrage on 29th September 1917, when she married Captain John Inchbald Johnson RAMC. She had known him since the cricketing days of her youth before the war when he appeared on photographs playing for the Stoneythorpe side. He was not a local man but originated from Yorkshire, trained at Edinburgh after boarding school in Bedfordshire, and qualified as a physian and surgeon before moving to Culworth in Oxfordshire. There he served the community as a general practictioner. In WWI, as an older recruit (b. 1871), he served at the hospital of the army camp at Chiseldon in Wiltshire, where a special station was built to off-load the vast trainloads of the wounded.
He had two or three days off and their wedding was a high profile wedding with the county hunting set and many titled individuals attending. The Leamington Courier reported the event, and the vast list of gifts, extensively. All the VADs led by the Commandant attended and followed the bride down the aisle. The soldiers made an archway at the entrance to the church then all went to Stoneythorpe for the celebration. In the evening there was a feast also laid on for the tenantry.
On this picture all the men have sticks and some have gone to the party despite their wounds and crutches. They are the same cohort of men pictured alongside the volunteers (see Volunteer page). Interesting to note there are 50 VADs on the photograph with the senior staff in the middle. It shows how large the volunteer work force was at the hospital.
We see Daisy again at Frances Gahagan’s wedding in November 1918. Here Daisy (left) stands next to another VAD. This young woman has not been identified.
Daisy lived in Culworth as a country doctor’s wife. They had only thirteen years together as he died in 1930. She lived until 1962 and they are buried side by side in Culworth Churchyard. Her great neice Gill Reid remembers visiting her at Culworth in the ‘50s. Although by then an old lady, Daisy was still caring for the injured as she nursed a sick hound.