“Betasom Revisited”  - Awarded by Edmund Hall

The President (Edmund Hall) announced that choosing the winner of the Alan Brown trophy was a near impossible task made more so by so many excellent articles in the Journal this last year- all worthy of the trophy.  I could well have chosen one of the four Journals at random, opened it at a random page and no doubt chosen the article there due to the high standard of each one.  Keith Tranmer had several articles of note; BFPOs in Afghanistan, laying down knowledge for future philatelist; The Akpinar Provisionals of 1922, lovely and rare material.  Peter Burrows Part Six and Final of his study of POW material, but he won it last year.  It came down to Military Post Offices at the WW1 Training Camps 1914-1918 and Betasom Revisited by John Leathes which was my final choice for the trophy, which appeared in the Spring 2015 Journal (No 303).