Charles Thrale

My mothers maiden name was Irving and had a cousin called Charles Thrale.

We lived in Newbury Park, Ilford Essex where Charles lived with (I think an adopted aunt) Charles entered the army in WW2 and was a prisoner of war on the Burma railway and became famous for his sketches which were subsequently exhibited in London.

I hope this may be of interest to you and would be delighted to discuss more.

Patrick Coade

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Many thanks for getting in touch. I have read about, but never seen Charles's paintings. I really know little about him. He is not on the family tree and I have no idea how he fits in. I have no record of anyone called Irving.

I'd be over the moon if you could help me to work out where he fits in. Even if you can't do this it would be great if you could tell me what you know about him and the bits of his family that you know about. This will at least give me a starting point for my research. Have you any idea about when / where he was born, when / where he died. Was he married? Did he have kids? His parents names?

I look forward to whatever you can let me know to fill in the gaps. owner: David Thrale | My blog | Family motto: In cruce confido

I have a portait of my late mother painted by charles thrale dated june 1948. My late father was a p.o.w. and shared a hut with charles. The prtait was a wedding gift to my parents

I have been trying to find out more about Charles Thrale for quite a long time.  I live in Skegness in Lincolnshire and after the war he recuperated here in Skegness, during that time he had a studio under the pier where he painted quite a few local people.  I have a photo of the portrait he did of my mother and would love to try and find it.  My name is Laura Peach and if anyone can help me with my research or I can help anyone else with this please contact me my no is 01754 769944