Fakenham soldier arrives at Holt wedding in restored D-Day jeep

PUBLISHED: 17:08 18 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:03 19 June 2014

Bride and bridegroom Emma and L/Cpl Steven Nichols with some of the wedding party in front of the 1942 Ford GPW. Picture: JOHN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Bride and bridegroom Emma and L/Cpl Steven Nichols with some of the wedding party in front of the 1942 Ford GPW. Picture: JOHN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

© 2014 John Harris Photography

A restored jeep used on D-Day was the transport for one of the most important days for a serving soldier - his wedding.

The 1942 Ford GPW was used to get L/Cpl Steven Nichols, 27, from his Fakenham home to the parish church of St Andrew the Apostle in Holt.

He married Emma Hall, 25, a laboratory technician at Crisp Maltings, Great Ryburgh, on Saturday. The reception was held at the Pheasant Hotel, Kelling.

The bride arrived in a 1930s Rolls Royce and the new Mr and Mrs Nichols left in the same vehicle.

“I wasn’t keen to get my hair ruined,” Mrs Nichols said.

L/Cpl Nichols joined the Royal Anglian Regiment at 16 and served in Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2009.

The jeep was found by his friend and fellow serviceman L/Cpl Lawrence Kayser who restored it. He drove L/Cpl Nichols to the church.

The glider jeep was used on the Normandy beaches on June 6 1944 with the 2nd battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire light infantry, part of the 6th airborne division, after landing at 9pm.

It was involved in the fighting until March 1945 but was damaged and left during a landing after an airborne assault on the Rhine crossing.

The bride and groom went to Reepham High School and became a couple in 2008. They got engaged on Christmas Day 2010.

They married at the Holt church because the bride’s parents, Rosie and Terry Hall, were married in the same building in 1983.

Father Howard Stoker conducted the service and there were three bridesmaids, three best men, two page boys and a flower girl.

Do you have an unusual wedding story? Email


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Eastern Daily Press visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Eastern Daily Press staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Eastern Daily Press account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now


Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Commented

Latest from the EDP

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Listen to the latest weather forecast

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition