Letters from John C.W. Walter

Scope and Content

Letters written to his mother whilst a cadet and District Officer in Northern Rhodesia, with some photographs. Also, a few letters with biographical details.

Administrative / Biographical History

John C.W. Walter was educated at Wellington College, and Peterhouse College, Cambridge. In 1937 he entered the Colonial Service as a cadet in Northern Rhodesia, subsequently travelling to Isoka to work under the District Officer, Fane-Smith. By 1939 Walter had been appointed Assistant District Officer. Walter returned to England to join the RAF. He was married in April 1940 and in August of that year was posted to the Middle East. In 1943 he returned to England as a flying officer but was killed in action almost immediately, being awarded a posthumous DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross).

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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Listed as no. 404 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

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