A Postcard to Captain Barton

A question posed by Steve Davis

“I guess I was about 8 years old when I started putting together a stamp collection. It was just a passing phase, and probably only lasted a year of two.

But I’ve never had the courage to throw away my stamps; maybe I think that one day I could take them to Flog It!  who knows.

However, I recently remembered that there was something unusual in my collection. I must have found this piece of postcard blowing about in Bowers Road in the early 1960s, about 30 years after it was sent to Captain Barton of Rhoda Road.

As you can see, the Captain was running a Riding School and the card was stamped in Brockenhurst,  Hampshire at 10pm 31st August 1933.

Who was Captain Barton?”

On Ancestry members of the archive found  the following information and believe that this man was Captain Barton, unless anyone knows otherwise.

Edwin Richard Barton

Born:  3 July 1892
Baptised: 2 October 1892 at St. Mary’s, Walthamstow, Essex.
Father: Richard Charles Barton
Mother : Louie (sic)
1911 Census: Living with parents at 10 Runwell Terrace, Southend
Married Gwendoline Jones on  17 April 1915 at Stanway, St Albright, Essex.
1939 Register: Living at ‘Dehra Doom’ (sic), Downer Road, with his wife and mother, Louise Barton
Died: 27 August 1973
Military service: See picture: British Army World War 1 Medal Rolls Index Card

Although the postcard shows the address of the riding school as Rhoda Road, the 1937 Electoral Register shows Edwin Richard Barton as living in “Dehra Doon”, Downer Road , with his wife and mother.  The list linking house names to house numbers shows the house as being number 31.

The difference between the addresses can be explained by looking at the old map of the area.  The present position of 31 Downer Road was identified using Google Street View and is marked by the ‘Red’ arrow.  It can be seen that the land on which the property stands stretches through to Rhoda Road, shown by the ‘Green’ arrow.  Near to Rhoda Road can be seen two lines of small buildings which probably were the stables for the riding school.  Assuming that this is the case then the riding school could have been addressed as being in Rhoda Road.

Interestingly, the house name, “Dehra Doon” is of Indian origin and possibly is linked to Edwin’s role in WW1.  He could have seen service in India or more likely was involved  with  the Dehra Dun Brigade, a group of Indian soldiers helping the Allied war effort.

The postcard addressed to Captain Barton
Steve Davis
British Army World War 1 Medal Rolls Index Card for Richard Edwin Barton
Extract from the 1937 Electoral Register
Extract from House Names / House Numbers list
Map showing location of number 31 Downer Road
National Library of Scotland maps
Probate listing for Edwin Richard Barton

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