A WW2 display of 10 slides from Peter Harvey related to two brothers serving with the Umvoti Rifles, 4thSouth African Infantry, 2nd SA Division in North Africa. Includes items from El Alamein, Tobruk and Prisoner of War enquiries to the Red Cross, followed by POW items from camps in Italy and Germany.
Registered naval mail from Aden in January 1940, bearing censor N511. Re-directed on arrival in the UK, presumably NOT over a PO counter, hence the ‘Posted out of Course’ mark, and the application of a 3d postage due – a single rate for a registration fee, being posted out-of-course?
An initial display by Chris Grimshaw of WW1 Unit cachets, including Royal Garrison Artillery, Remount Depots, Infantry Base Depot’s, the RMA Workshops and a Prisoner of War Company.
There was a mixture of displays with Richard Berry showing some early War Office items; John Cranmer with WW2 material relating to an RCAF airman reported killed; Nick Colley with WW2 Royal Navy items; Alan Baker WW1 Portuguese related material; Martino Laurenzi British FPOs in Italy; Howard Weinert WW1 US naval mail from the Adriatic and early 1920s mail; Michael Dobbs with recent acquisitions of Norway 1946, modern packet datestamps on commemorative covers and an item from CEPO in Cyprus; Geoff Hanney with WW1 Indian Army FPOs including from Aden; Ian Muchall with WW1 RFC/RAF material and RAF between the wars in Iraq; Peter High with WW2 Hospital Ships and Karl Winkelmann with Irish military postal history during UN deployments (Congo/Cyprus/Lebanon).
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British P.O.W. camp 8.
7th June 1941
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Jim Mackay shows a range of covers from both RAF Bomber Command and RAF Ferry Command during WW2