Was the fair-haired Charles Richard Webb the ‘Charlie’ in the photograph?
Due to some inconvenient facts the initial theory that the occasion for the photo of the grandparents, ‘Charlie ‘and Roy was because of their enlistment in 1940 has been abandoned Thank you for that Jo.
‘Charlie’ ….. who first decided it was Charles Carl Webb as the Charlie in the family photo with Roy and the grandparents? To my recollection it was Derek Abbott. I also suspect him as being the one responsible for the tagging, something not usually done on a family photograph because everybody knows each other. I mean, why would Charlie be written in red when the other three are in blue? Why was he featured in such a manner?
There’s something not right about that.
In the previous post we proved more people thought Roy was taller than DA’s Charlie and we know they were wrong because there is a 2 plus inches difference in their respective heights, all of which means trying to judge the two mens’ comparative heights using that particular photograph is a useless exercise. But there must be more to it, the photograph that is.
Why was it taken at all?
Why were ‘Charlie’ and Roy the only two picked from the entire family to have their picture taken with Grandpa and Grandma, the Webbs were a sizeable bunch as you can see and there was plenty to choose from so why just them?
What was the occasion?
Charles Richard Webb was Charles Carl Webb’s nephew and both he and Roy Webb enlisted in 1940.
Charles Richard in August aged 22 and Roy in June aged 35.
The two men photographed with Grandma and Grandpa appear to suit the ages of Roy (35) and RC Webb (22)
Both men soon to be off to war and nobody knowing if they would ever return, which was sadly the case with Roy who died in Siam in 1943 as a POW.
Back to the photo.
There has been some confusion about the tagging of the older couple in this photo as Grandpa and Grandma when some think they should have been tagged as mother and father. Well, it looks like everyone’s right. They are the grandparents of the man tagged as Charlie as he is Charles Richard, the son of their son Russell Richard and they are the parents of Roy, Russell’s brother.
The view here is that the photo was sourced from their grandson Charles’ album, not their son Charles, or as Jo suggests, grandson Norman.
Then there’s Charles Richard’s blonde hair … and the fact that both he and Roy were 5’9” tall.