Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913






LONDON. Monday, – Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Loder, better known as Miss  Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, her husband, Mr. Eric Raymond Loder.

The case came before Mr: Justice Bucknill on an undefended suit and ended in a decree being made.

Mr. Barnard, K.C., who appeared for the petitioner, said the marriage took place on 1st March, 1912 at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor, and after the marriage the parties lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames and also at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. The marriage for some time was happy one, but they had a mutual friend, a lady, who had been a great friend to them and at times the husband objected to her, while at other times he was perfectly friendly. On 13th January, the husband left his wife. She saw him on the 10th February. There was no quarrel or difference except on that question. He requested that his letters should be seat to his club. The wife, as her husband did not return to her, on the 7th March wrote the following letter to her I husband:-

Dearest Eric – I am writing you once more as I want you to know I have given up – (the lady in question.) I am feeling desperately miserable and want you, my husband so badly. “Jock” misses his old master, I know, and wonders if he will ever see him again. Thank you for the flowers you sent on anniversary of our wedding, but you cannot think how it all hurts, but I suppose it is your way, and I cannot and never will understand this side of you. – Your wife, Gabs.

Mr. Barnard asked leave to omit the name the lady mentioned in the letter, to which his Lordship assented.

The wife, added counsel, received no answer to that letter, and she sent to her husband at his club on the 10th March a further letter which ran:-

Dearest Eric – Why no reply to my letter of last Friday? Surely you might have written. I now write once more asking you to return to me. – Yours. Gabs.

There was no answer to that letter.

The petitioner, who wore a black costume with a white frilled ruche and a black velvet hat, then entered the witness-box. After taking the oath she burst into tears.

In reply to counsel, she said was married to Mr. Eric Raymond Loder on 1st March, 1912, at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor.

And was the marriage one of affection on your part? – Yes.

Did you believe at the time that it was on your husband’s part? – Yes.

After the marriage, continued the petitioner, she and her husband lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames, and afterwards at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. Her husband went to Scotland on 13th January this year, and that was the last time she had lived with him. On the 10th February last she saw him again.

Did you live happily with your husband? – Yes.

I believe you both had a mutual friend who was a lady? – Yes.

And at times did your husband object to that lady? – Yes.

At other times was he very friendly with her? – Yes.

The Petitioner, proceeding, said on 7th March last her husband not having returned to her house she wrote the letter which counsel had read. She posted the letter to her husband, and she got no answer to it; and on the 10th March she wrote the second letter, which was handed to her solicitor for delivery at her husband’s club. She got no answer to that letter, and then she commenced the present proceedings.

Mr. Arthur Knapp. Solicitor’s clerk, gave evidence as to the letters being duly sent to the respondent at his club. It was arranged that both letters should be sent to the respondent’s solicitors who had signed an acknowledgement of the receipt of them.

On this his lordship granted the petitioner a decree of restitution of conjugal rights.


The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913

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