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?'

Willian Austin Cook – London Standard – Wednesday 15th February 1893



(Before Lord Justice Lopes and a Special Jury.)


Cook v. Cook and Johnstone. – This was the petition of Mr. William Austin Cook, an ironmaster in Manchester, and a Justice of the Peace, for the dissolution of his marriage, on the ground of his wife’s adultery with the Co-respondent, a chartered accountant, and vice president of the Association of Chartered Accountants. – Mr. Dobbs appeared for the Petitioner, and the Co-respondent was represented by Mr. Shee, Q.C. – The Respondent did not file any answer to the charge. – Mr. Dobbs asked for heavy damages. – Mr. Shee said the conduct of the Petitioner in drawing up a separation deed in which no provision was made for the wife and children was such as to disentitle him to any damages at all. – The Jury returned a verdict that the Respondent and Co-respondent had committed adultery, and they assessed the damages at one farthing. – Upon these findings the Judge granted a decree nisi, with costs.


The London Evening Standard – Wednesday 15th February 1893


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Daily Mirror – Friday, 24th July 1914


Divorce – The Daily Mirror – 1914

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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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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 24th July 1914





The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 24th July 1914


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Modern Life – Saturday 22nd August 1914

Eric Loder “Keeps His Word!”

Gabrielle Ray has got her “decree,” and she and Eric Loder have parted for ever. Not much sympathy is usually felt for the parties in theatrical divorce suits, but the Loder-Ray case had certain aspects of an unusual character. We know the secret facts, so can tell frankly. Unlike most marriages of its kind, it was the pretty actress and not the Baronet’s son who was “in love.” Not that Eric Loder was not completely infatuated by his charming spouse before the marriage.

They were both terribly smitten, in fact.

The union didn’t last a year, however, and when Eric finally left his wife it was “for ever.” We told Gabrielle Ray that her husband never intended returning to her over a year ago, but she wouldn’t believe it, and after secured her “restitution” order she waited patiently and broken-heartedly for a full year to see if the wandering husband would return, in spite of our definite information that he wouldn’t. The fact that Eric had left his wife for ever was conveyed in these columns on August 16 of last year. Gabrielle had secured her restitution order in the previous month.


Where Eric’s Intentions are of Keen Interest.

This is what I said: “I learn that there is no probability of Mr. Eric Loder ever returning to Miss Gabrielle Ray. The marriage was one of love without sympathy. A sudden mad infatuation, maintained at a degree of theatrical tension which soon resulted in marriage, was found to be no bond at all when the jars of married life had to be surmounted. Eric Loder, being “in love,” boldly faced social ostracism, and the intense annoyance of his family, only to repent before he had been married a month.”

Under the order Eric Loder had fourteen days in which to return to his wife, and though she waited a whole year he never returned. They often met, however. They were even at picture balls together. But not as in the days of yore. Eric Loder remains one of the stage-door nuts, however. At the Adelphi his “intentions” are a subject of peculiar interest, now that he is free once more.


“Lucky Loder’s” Hard Luck!

Moreover, Eric Loder has just bees relieved of the “advice” of the most powerful of his relations. Poor Major Loder (“Lucky Loder,” they called him at Newmarket) had sympathy with his nephew. Women never had the Major “by the neck.” Eustace Loder was at one time in the 12th Lancers, but having done fifteen years without having seen a gun fired in anger or getting a single day on foreign service, he chucked the Army in disgust, and gave himself over to the Turf, with the wonderful luck which all the world knows. It was Major Eustace Loder who may be said to have sealed the Entente Cordiale.


An Historic “Double.”

That was in 1906, when the French President, Fallieres, grasped his hand, and congratulated him upon winning the Grand Prix with the same horse (Spearmint) which had won the Derby but a few weeks before – the first horse to do this “double” for thirty-tour years! Poor Eustace Loder often referred with some bitterness to his hard luck in never getting an opportunity of useful service during his fifteen years in the Army, and it is surely the keenest of ironies that had he lived another month that opportunity would have been his with his Imperial Yeomanry corps against the forces of the Deutschland!


Modern Life – Saturday 22nd August 1914

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913



The case of G. E. C. Loder v. E. R. Loder, a wife’s suit for the restitution of conjugal rights, appears on the undefended list in the Divorce Division. Mrs. Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, was married in March, 1912, at Windsor. It will be remembered that the marriage did not take place on the day first arranged. A crowd waited at the church, but the bride did not appear. It was subsequently announced that she was too ill to attend, and remained at her flat in London. She began her stage career at eight, and afterwards took chief parts in “The Merry Widow,” “The Dollar Princess,” etc.


The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913


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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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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – John Bull – Saturday 9th August 1913

Another Stage Romance.

 When last year Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress of the picture postcards, married Mr. Eric Loder, scion of a noble house, all the papers spoke of it as a stage romance. Evidently the romance has turned to tragedy, as in such cases it often – we had almost said generally – does. Face to face with the fact that her husband has “gone,” Mrs. Loder has applied for and obtained a decree of restitution of conjugal rights – a decree, by the way, which is one of the farces of the present divorce law, for the judge has no power to enforce it; failure to return to the conjugal domicile within the specified time merely becomes evidence of desertion on which a divorce petition may ultimately be founded. It is as well imaginative, stage-struck ladies should realise that marriages are not always as they are painted in the illustrated papers, the “catch of the season” not always as much of a catch as it appears on the surface, either for the actress who catches or for the aristocrat who is caught.


John Bull – Saturday 9th August 1913


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Gabrielle Ray – Fleetwood Chronicle – Tuesday 5th August 1913



People generally foretold a happy union when Mr. Eric Loder, one of the richest young men about town, married Miss Gabrielle Ray, familiarly known as “Gabs.” But things did not go with the expected smoothness, unfortunately, and now Gabrielle Ray has been granted a decree of restitution of conjugal rights. The pair were married in the March last year, and were for some time happy, but a mutual lady, is said to have caused the trouble which led to the court. Gabs is an old Gaiety favourite and was one of Mr. Edwardes’s best finds. By no means a good singer, on accounts of a startlingly squeaky voice, she was the finest dancer musical comedy has seen, or is likely to see for some time to come. Of a type of beauty which is helped by the camera, she has probably been more photographed than any other woman living; in England and in remote corners of the earth. Perhaps she is best known in bee pees as the Millais child in “Bubbles,” but in hundreds of poses her photographs on postcards have sold literally by the million. It is hinted that Gabrielle Ray may yet be seen at the Gaiety again, though she affects a desire to retire to the country and live a comfortable, dolce far niente life. (Pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness)


Fleetwood Chronicle – Tuesday 5th August 1913

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Daily Mirror – Saturday 26th July 1913



 Mrs. Eric Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray whose suit for restitution of conjugal rights will be heard next week.

Portrait, Mr. Loder. – (Rita Martin.)


The Daily Mirror – Saturday 26th July 1913

The Sketch – 6th March 1912 (Marriage)

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