Published on May 18th, 2015 | by admin
New Stamps Commemorate First World War
Following on from the first set of special stamps issued in 2014 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary since the start of World War One, the second issue in Royal Mail’s five-year series includes six more poignant images from 1915 which was the first full year of the conflict.
Documented by Imperial War Historian Ian Kikuchi, important 1st world war events recalled during 1915 include the Gallipoli Campaign and the Battle of Loos.
Capturing Events Of World War One During 1915
Synomonous with the Great War, one of the first class stamps features a specially commissioned poppies design produced by Sir Howard Hodgkin. Poppies are symbolic of the conflict and the image most associated when remembering those who sacrificed their lives during war and conflict.
Also featured as a first class stamp in this first world war 1915 presentation pack is an extract from a poem produced by a serving Captain in the Suffolk Regiment. 20 year-old Charles Hamilton Sorley, one of the poets commemorated by a stone at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, was killed by a sniper on 13th October 1915 and a poem was discovered in his kitbag which described how Charles and his fellow troops advanced to the front line.
The latest set of world war one special stamps issued also feature a first class stamp image of rifleman Kulbir Thapa who was the first Gurkha to be awarded the Victoria Cross. He served in the 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles and was wounded and separated from his battalion during the Battle of Loos in France; yet still heroically reached the German front line and rescued fellow men who came under fire from the enemy.
Within this second issue of Royal Mail’s set of special stamps which recall the First World War there is also an image painted by Eric Kennington who was a wounded soldier who turned his attention to painting after leaving the London Regiment in 1915. His oil painting depicts Eric along with some of his comrades taking refuge following combat in the trenches during the winter of 1914-15.
Cape Helles in Turkey saw some fierce hostilities in April 1915 as British and French soldiers attempted to storm the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula whilst coming under fire from Turkish forces. This set of special stamps features a sunset silhouette of a soldier at a comrade’s grave. Today, Cape Helles has a memorial commemorating 20,878 British soldiers who have no known grave.
Last but not least, the latest collection of world war 1 stamps available here at the Post Office Shop also features an image of a football booted out of the tranches by Private Frank Edwards and his fellow soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the London Irish Rifles regiment.