Royal Mail has issued a set of stamps to mark the Centenary of the First World War, and now you can own the complete set in an exclusive philatelic tribute to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Great War.
Issued to mark the 100 years since the First World War, the stamps represent six themes associated with the war:
- Poppy – 'Poppies', an abstract work by London-born artist Howard Hodgkin, was inspired by poppies from Normandy in France and was executed as a carborundum print.
- Poetry – In his four-stanza work ‘All the Hills and Vales Along’, Charles Hamilton Sorley depicts troops singing as they advance towards the front line.
- Portraits – The face of Rifleman Kulbir Thapa smiles at us from the third 1st Class stamp. Kulbir became the first Nepalese Gurkha to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
- War Art – Painter and sculptor Eric Kennington joined the London Regiment in 1914, but was wounded and discharged in 1915. During his recovery, he worked on The Kensingtons at Laventie which honours the fortitude and solidarity of ordinary soldiers.
- Memorials and Remembrance - A British soldier at a comrade’s grave at Cape Helles in an evocative sunset silhouette.
- Artefacts – The last stamp in the series of six features the football which was booted out of British trenches by Private Frank Edwards on 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos.
What makes the Commemorative Book so special is that each Royal Mail First World War Stamp has been officially postmarked with a one-day-only Remembrance Day postmark - on its own special page.
These pages have then been carefully bound into the presentation book. The book itself tells the story of the stamps and their poignant reflection on the history of the First World War.
Importantly, just 995 of these Philatelic Books will ever be issued, creating a lasting and meaningful tribute that will be valued not only by you but by future generations.
The First World War Centenary Book 2015
(+ £3.99 p&p)
- Size of book: 155 x 210mm
- Stamps: Royal Mail's First World War 1915 Stamps
- Actual size of stamps: 35 x 35mm
- Postmarking date: 11th November 2015 - Remembrance Day
- Edition Limit: 995
(+ £3.99 p&p)