Published on March 18th, 2014 | by admin

World War One Stamp Issue Is Announced

This year marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. As we get nearer to the date that the war began on 28th July 1914 with Austria and Hungary’s invasion of Serbia, it has been announced this week that a landmark series of special stamps will be issued by Royal Mail each year until 2018 to commemorate the Great War.

30 stamps, six each year, will be made available over the next five years which will honour the contribution of Commonwealth countries, the armed forces, non-combatants and women.

Stories of the war will be documented through imagery including historic memorials, artifacts that have become associated with the conflict, portraits of some of the participants as well as art showing some of the famous and moving scenes of the conflict.

The Great War 1914 Private Tickle stamp

The first set of stamps, which will be available from the Post Office Shop from the 28th July, will include an image of the poppy synomonous with Remembrance Day, an excerpt from the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon and artwork by CRW Nevinson titled ‘A Star Shell’.

The Great War 1914 For the Fallen stamp

Also included in the 2014 stamp set is a portrait of Private William Tickle, who enlisted at the age of 15, a month after the start of the war, ‘The Response’ memorial by artist Sir William Goscombe John, and an image of the Princess Mary Gift Box, a gift sent to all servicemen for Christmas 1914 and delivered by the postal service.

The Great War 1914 Princess Gift Box stamp

The Imperial War Museum, an official First World War Centenary Partner with Royal Mail, is leading a national programme of commemorative events this year to mark one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

As part of plans to broadcast around 2,500 hours of television, radio, and online programming over the next four years, the BBC has already announced details of a drama titled ‘The Ark’ which will document the tireless work undertaken by the frontline nurses who were some of the unsung heroines of the conflict.

World War One, one of the largest conflicts in history, was fought by 65 million men from 30 countries. On the morning of the Battle Of The Somme alone, British forces suffered 60,000 casualties with 20,000 soldiers killed – the worst toll for a single day in military history.

The Great War claimed 16 million lives as huge numbers of military personnel and civilians perished with a further 20 million wounded.


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