|Above: Former Trumpeter Charles Edward David Duly of the 9th Lancers in a real photo postcard promoting the music hall stage act as The Great Weimar that he took up after his
discharge from the army in 1887. With him is his daughter Francis Sarah Elizabeth who joined him on stage as part of the act.
Real Photo Postcard
We must assume that he had already been appointed trumpeter sometime before the war.
Unfortunately Duly’s service papers have not been found so a precise record of his appointments a promotions cannot be reconstructed. Much of his experience while on active service
must have been recounted in his auto biography The Life of a Trumpeter by C. E. Duly, Late of the 9th Lancers (1910) but I have been unable to locate a copy in in print or digital format.
During action in the Chardeh Valley four guns of the Royal Artillery were lost and Duly was involved in no less than four attempts to recover the guns with the final attempt being
successful. Duly also took part in Roberts’s march from Kabul to Kandahar as previously mentioned and was entitled to the Afghan War Medal with the clasps “Charasia”, “Kabul”
and “Kandahar”. He was also entitled to the bronze Kabul to Kandahar Star.
After the war Duly transferred to Battery A of the Royal Horse Artillery and remained with the unit until his discharge in April 1887. After discharge he returned to original calling of
He adopted the stage name The Great Weimar and although details of his act are thin it possibly involved acrobatic elements. He later included his wife and daughter in the act and they
were collectively known as The Weimars. The act(s) were apparently quite popular and Duly always closed a performance by appearing in his bemedaled old 9th Lancers uniform,
trumpet in hand and gave a demonstration of the cavalry calls he blew during the Anglo-Afghan War.
Duly married Lily Molony in 1893 and the couple had one daughter – Francis Sarah Elizabeth – who was born in April 1893. Lily passed away in April of 1900. Duly was remarried and
his second wife Rebecca Ellen is the one I believed who joined his act on stage.
The Great Weimar passed away at his home in Norfolk in 1937. At the time his notoriety was still known enough for someone to paste his newspaper obituary to page of the Afghan War
medal roll page on which his name appears.
|Below: The message between forgotten sender and recipient that appears on the postcard's reverse side.