Postcard to Samuel Walder – Mike Hill collection

 

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A photocopy of a comic postcard relating to the speed of the railway engine on the Hayling Island line.

The author of the message was clearly a friend of Samuel Walder, the Railway Guard.

Samuel lived at 7 Lymbourne Cottages, not far from the Havant station with his wife Emily nee Cripps and his son Victor Samuel. In 1901 he was in lodgings at Berkeley Cottage, Station Road, West Town and married in 1902. In 1899, Samuel was promoted from Porter at Havant Station, to Guard on the Hayling Branch Line where he worked until he retired in 1934. He was continuing a family tradition since his father worked as a Railway Signalman, all his life, at Horsham. He also had a daughter Edith, born 16th December 1915 and died at the family home which was 7 Town Hall Road, Havant (the name had changed from Lymbourne Cottages).

See http://haylingbillyheritage.org/social-history/railway-employees/personalities-samuel-walder/ for more on Sam Walder and alsohttp://haylingbillyheritage.org/social-history/railway-employees/robert-outen-hayling-railway-guard-1879-1899-by-debi-smith/ for Jane Outen, daughter of Robert Outen (also a guard on the Hayling Branch line from 1879-1899).

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