November proved to be another good session with ten displays and 19 members in attendance.  The following is a summary of the displays shown and you can view these on our website by either selecting the meeting date or else selecting the link below each display summary below.

First to show was Robert Hurst with a short display of covers from the Royal Navy Survey vessel HMS Owen (A311) on her Antarctic Expedition in 1960-62.  Mail from HMS Owen was shown, postmarked with machine cancellations Post Office Maritime Mail but because there was no date in such cancellations it was not possible to determine where and when such mail was posted.  He produced some background information on the vessels, a map of its Antarctic commission 1960-62 and an official Admiralty photo of the vessel.  Other material shown was a cover posted at Tristan da Cunha and postmarked on 5 JA 61, the date of departure of HMS Owen from the Island and a cover cancelled at South Georgia on 20 FE 61 which had on the reverse the datestamp of Commanding Officer, HMS Owen dated 13 Feb 1961.

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A short display from Robert Hurst of post WW2 covers from the Royal Navy’s Survey Ship HMS Owen. Shows covers from the ships 7th commission in the Antarctic in 1961 including Maritime Mail from locations such as Tristan da Cunha and the Falkland Islands.

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
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Next to show was Peter Harvey with a WW2 display of 10 slides related to two brothers serving with the Umvoti Rifles, 4th South African Infantry, 2nd SA Division in North Africa. The display included items from El Alamein, Tobruk and Prisoner of War enquiries to the Red Cross, followed by POW items from camps in Italy and Germany.

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. 

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
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Another outstanding display from Harold Krische showing exceptionally rare cards with an Easter theme from German Prisoners of War in Japan WW1. These are camp printed cards, made by the prisoners depicting both Easter scenes and life within the camps. Included were inter-camp mail, cards sent home to Germany and illustrations of POW camp cachets.

Another outstanding display from Harold Krische showing exceptionally rare cards with an Easter theme from German Prisoners of War in Japan WW1. These are camp printed cards, made by the prisoners depicting both Easter scenes and life within the camps. Includes inter-camp mail, cards sent home to Germany and illustrations of POW camp cachets. 

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
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Peter Harvey then came back with a number of items along with corresponding queries in the hopes that someone, in particular Michael Dobbs, could provide answers!  He was not disappointed: a label which featured SDS (Signals Despatch Service) with both ARMY SIGNALS and FPO datestamps; a cover with a red NAG (Northern Army Group) courier label (this subject was dealt with in my display in December) and a cover with unit datestamp of 217 MCAG (Mobile Civilian Artisan Group) which derived from German POW working units.

Next was a display from Nick Colley of WW1 items from both British and German Naval and Air Forces in Belgium. It included the British Mission to Belgium, Siege Gun covers, use of the CEN(__)SOR cachets, postcards from the British at Zeebrugge then the RNAS and Feldflieger Abteilung.

A display from Nick Colley of WW1 items from both British and German Naval and Air Forces in Belgium. Includes British Mission to Belgium, Siege Gun covers, use of the CEN(__)SOR cachets, postcards from the British at Zeebrugge then the RNAS and Feldflieger Abteilung. 

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
File Size 13.03 MB
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Then came an exceptional display by Garry Diffen, previously submitted to the Society Presidents Cup Competition. This explained the paper shortages suffered by ANZAC troops at Gallipoli 1915 and the improvisation used to send letters and cards home, using ammunition boxes, cigarette packets, cigarette cartons and even card from their ration packs.  Also included were examples of the Peninsula Press pages folded to form an envelope

An exceptional display by Garry Diffen, previously submitted to the society Presidents Cup Competition. Explains the paper shortages suffered by ANZAC troops at Gallipoli 1915 and the improvisation used to send letters and cards home, using ammunition boxes, cigarette packets, cigarette cartons and even card from their ration packs.

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
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A display from Jim Mackay consisted of a number of his recent mainly WW1 acquisitions. Included envelopes, telegrams and letters related to mobilization, letters from Lord and Lady Roberts relating to their Field Glass Funds 1919, a postcard written on 31 January 1916, after a Zeppelin raid, stating “air raid here we are safe” and an envelope made from newspaper by a disabled soldier, along with a number of Bruce Bairnsfarther postcards.

A display from Jim Mackay with a number of his recent mainly WW1 acquisitions. Includes covers and letters related to mobilization, the Lord and Lady Roberts’ Field Glass Fund, Air raid and Disabled Soldiers mail, along with a number of Bruce Bairnsfarther items. 

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
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Last to show was Chris Grimshaw with a selection of material showing items originally from the Bob Swarbrick collection of Royal Marines mail in WW1. It included items from the Royal Marines who served in France, Gallipoli, Gibraltar, Haifa, Chisledon in Wiltshire, FPO’s in Turkey, a cover sent to the 12th Royal Marine Battalion in Shanghai and the Base Defences in the Mediterranean.

Chris Grimshaw shows items originally from the Bob Swarbrick collection of Royal Marines mail WW1. Includes items from France, Gallipoli, Chisledon Wiltshire, FPO’s in Turkey, a cover sent to the 12th Royal Marine Battalion in Shanghai and the Base Defences in the Mediterranean.  

DateThursday, 18 November 2021 12:13
File Size 5.92 MB
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