World War 1 was known as the ‘The Great War’. ‘The War to end all Wars’. It lasted from 1914 to 1918. A global War that was centred around Europe. Millions of personnel had served with the British Army during this period. At the outbreak of the war the Army Postal Service was just 300 strong. By the end of the war this had grown into nearly 4,000 soldiers and civilians. Receiving mail from home had an enormous effect on the moral of our troops and was considered to be vitally important to the war effort.
The Forces Philatelic Bureau has produced two special covers to coincide with the ‘The Great War’ issue of stamps from Royal Mail on 28th July. There is a first day cover complete with all six stamps in the set, plus a commemorative cover with a single stamp highlighting the role played by the Field Post Offices during The Great War.
The ‘Field Post Office in France’ commemorative cover includes the “Private William Cecil Tickle” 1st class stamp. It has been cancelled by the BFPS 3176 special handstamp “The Great War Centenary” which features a wartime mail censor’s mark.
The image on the cover shows a Field Post Office located in France during WW1.
Included is an information insert and along with the covers it is presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the event.
This is a limited edition of 100 covers.