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Royal Navy Censor Markings WW2

Royal Navy Censor Markings of WW2

by Colin Tabeart

At least 90% and probably more of all WW2 RN censors are of the tombstone type and of little interest unless clearly dated and with good initials of the censoring officer, so allowing a faint chance of identifying the ship.

The scarcer ones are well worth looking for as it is often possible to identify the ship or unit – indeed some of them incorporate the name of the ship. Others may often be identified using the standard work: “World War Two Censor Marks” edited by John Daynes, published by the Forces Postal History Society in 1986, almost universally referred to as “Daynes”.

Many of the covers in this display have been shown to the Forces Postal History Society in the past, but there are plenty that have not, so may be worth a browse. A few are unidentified by me – if anyone can add information I would be delighted to hear from you.

Royal Navy Censor Markings WW2
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