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 Lancashire Evening Post – Thursday 23rd July 1914







The Divorce Court was crowded to-day when the suit of Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Loder for the dissolution of her marriage with her husband, Mr. Eric Raymond Loder, was heard before Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane. The petitioner is the well-known musical comedy actress, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr. Loder did not put in a defence. A restitution decree was granted to Mrs. Loder in July last by Mr. Justice Buckneil, Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane now pronounced a decree nisi for the dissolution of the marriage.

The petitioner was represented by Mr. Barnard, K.C., in front of whom she sat whilst he was briefly outlining her case. She was wearing a blue straw hat trimmed with white tulle. Her dress was of dark blue, and at her breast she wore a large pink flower. Mr. Barnard said the petitioner was married in March, 1912, at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor, to Mr. Raymond Loder. They lived together until February, 1913, when Mrs. Loder’s husband left her. The result was that the wife communicated with him, and on the 14th of March, 1913, she presented a petition for the restitution of conjugal rights. In that suit the whole of the facts were gone into, and letters were read and a decree of restitution was granted.

The decree was served on the 31st of July, 1913, but the husband had not complied. With regard to the misconduct, it appeared that Mr. Loder was watched during April, and on the night of the 1st o of M a y he was seen to go into the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, with a lady, and he stayed at the hotel for the night.

Detectives followed him, saw him go into the hotel, and enter his name in the hotel register. The detectives tried to get a bedroom in the hotel, but they were unable to, and consequently they watched. They saw Mr. Loder and the lady leave the hotel the next morning, and from the evidence which would be given there could be no doubt what took place between them as regarded the hotel.

Mr. Bernard added that an effort had been made to ket information from the hotel, but so far the hotel had not given it. They had subpoenaed someone from the hotel.

Mrs. Loder then entered the witness box. She quickly ran up the steps to the box, and gave her evidence in subdued tones. Occasionally there was a little emotion in her voice, but she was quite self-possessed during the short period she was answering the questions of her counsel.

She stated that she was married to Mr. Loder on the 1st of March, 1912, at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor.

Mr. Barnard: After the marriage did you live with your husband at the Cottage, Goring-on-Thames, and also at 18, Wellington Court, Knightsbridge? – Yes.

I believe there are no children of the marriage? – No.

I believe your husband left you on the 10th of February, 1913? – Yes.  – And afterwards you sent certain letters to, him and then commenced proceedings for the restitution of conjugal rights in March, 1913? – Yes. – I believe that suit was heard on the 28th of July, 1913, and that you obtained a decree of restitution? – Yes. – Has your husband ever complied with that decree? –  No. – I believe that then you gave your solicitor instructions to have your husband watched, and your solicitors communicated to you the result of the enquiries of May? – Yes. – Then you decided to take these proceedings?  – Yes.

Mrs. Loder then left he witness box and took a seat by the side of her solicitor in the body of the court. Mr. Barnard submitted to her the register of the Paddington Hotel, and she identified the signature “Mr. and Mrs. Loder” as that of her husband. Soon afterwards, and before the case had concluded, Mrs. Loder with her solicitor left the court.

Evidence was then given as to Mr. Loder and a lady being at the Paddington Hotel. Oliver Ranstead, assistant to a firm of private enquiry agents, he was instructed to keep a watch on the Berkeley Hotel to see if Mr. Loder was living there. On the 1st of May last he saw Mr. Loder leave the Berkeley Hotel in the morning and drive to the Adelphi Theatre.

He returned to the hotel at about one o’clock with a lady. Later witness saw the respondent drive to the Great Western Hotel, and witness and a man named Frederick Wise kept watch. Mr. Loder and the lady entered the hotel, and witness followed them. He heard Mr. Loder ask for a room, and saw him sign the hotel register.


The Lancashire Evening Post – Thursday 23rd July 1914



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