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Letters from John C.W. Walter

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


  • Creation: 1937-1939


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.664].

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4767

Biographical / Historical

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).

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from the Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Letters from John C.W. Walter
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom