ROMANCE blossomed for a former Huddersfield woman who was almost killed while on duty with the Army in Iraq.
Bombardier Charles Murray, 34, decided it was time he told Gunner Allyson France - both of 40 Regiment - that he loved her after a cheesewire booby trap laid by insurgents hit her in the face.
Allyson, 20, who went to Lower- houses Primary School, told Charles she felt the same way - and the couple married last Saturday.
Allyson, who moved with mum June Ann and dad Ken to Scarborough in 1992, said: "I was sent to Iraq soon after the conflict started a couple of years ago. I'm a gunner and I went on patrol, standing in the back of a Land Rover.
"The wire hit me just below the eye. I was knocked unconscious and needed lots of stitches and three days in hospital.
"The accident was in Abu al Kasib, which is close to Basra."
Dad Ken, 47, said: "Charles thought she was dead when she was hit. She was lucky, because the cheesewire could have taken her head off if it had it hit her neck.
"While she was in hospital Charles thought it was about time he told her his real feelings.
"Allyson felt the same about him, but had not said anything to him because Charles was a bombardier and her section commander."
The couple married at The Royal Hotel in Scarborough.