Postcard, Charles Walker & Friend; The Fancy Dress Studio; 1917-1918; WY.0000.13...


Postcard, Charles Walker & Friend

About this object

This photographic postcard is studio-made and depicts two soldiers. The soldier on the left has been identified as Charles Edward Walker 46813, who prior to enlisting was a self-employed plumber from Wyndham.

Charles was born at Mataura in 1893 to William Goldsby and Elizabeth nee Smith. Interestingly, not long after Charles' birth, William deserted the family and Elizabeth went back to her first husband's name, Walker. Charles also took the Walker name. In 1910, Elizabeth formally divorced William Goldsby on the grounds of desertion, and also attempted to claim financial compensation for the maintenance of herself and her children.

Charles enlisted with the 25 Infantry Reinforcements D Company of the Otago Regiment. He entered Sling Camp in July 1917, and not long after was transferred to the 4th Battalion of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade with the rank of Rifleman.

In October 1917, Charles arrived in France, and was posted with A Company. On 8 October Charles was on the front line, however the following day he was posted to the reinforcements camp, narrowly avoided the Battle of Passchendaele. On 20 October Charles was on the front line again, and saw active service at Ypres. He remained with his unit for the remainder of the war.

In 1925 Charles married Lilly Beatrice Anna Chittock. The couple had one child, Iris Mabel Walker. Charles died on 8 July 1959 aged 66.

Unfortunately we don't know who the soldier on the right is. If you recognise him please get in touch via the Comments section.


The Fancy Dress Studio

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Place Notes

37 Oxford Street

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card


h 138 mm x w 87 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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Copyright Licence  

Public Domain - No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions

The Project Ark Team 19 Jun 2020 04:59 AM,UTC

Thanks Geoff. Have updated the record.

Geoff Genge 16 Jun 2020 10:00 AM,UTC

The above info is correct but for Charles Edward Walker, he is on the left standing. Chap on right sitting unknown. Charles was my grandmothers half brother.

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