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21st Lancers Coloured Art Postcard Tuck Oilette 9081

21st Lancers Coloured Art Postcard Tuck Oilette 9081

Postally used, Sent from one soldier to another as an Xmas card in 1905, Victoria (Australia) cancelled stamp and Melbourne Cancellation. Corner wear and a light central crease otherwise in reasonably good condition and a splendid image by the famous military artist Harry Payne.

G148(2)

On hold for Phil

Code: 62846

On Hold


Daily Mail Series 5 No 37 - Highland Pipers WW1 Postcard

Daily Mail Series 5 No 37 - Highland Pipers WW1 Postcard

Postally unused, Highlanders pipe themselves back from the Trenches. In very good condition with only minor edge and corner wear.

G148.2

Code: 62827

SOLD


2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Tucks Oilette Coloured Art Postcard

2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Tucks Oilette Coloured Art Postcard

postally used, GV stamp, message to reverse a messy and some corner wear to all corners otherwise in good condition and a good study of the Trumpeters of the regiment in Review Order by the famous military artist Harry Payne. Note the running horse back badge on the Trumpeter's bearskin. The final photo shows an actual badge as worn but listed for sale elsewhere.

Code: 62820

8.00 GBP


WW1 French Made Embroidered Silk Postcard Royal Fusiliers

WW1 French Made Embroidered Silk Postcard Royal Fusiliers

In good condition, but with a very interesting contemporary coloured pencil message to the reverse dated 27th June 1916 which appears to have got passed the censor.

Apart from a general complaint about the contents of his last parcel having been spoilt - he goes on to reveal "we are behind the lines at present but in the trenches every night working on carrying ammunition up".

The preliminary bombardment the week prior to the Somme offensive of 1st July had started on 24th June.

G137

Code: 62761

35.00 GBP


WW1 - Scarce full set of 6 original black and white propaganda photographs relating to the sinking of the SS Lusitania

WW1 - Scarce full set of 6 original black and white propaganda photographs relating to the sinking of the SS Lusitania

The full set of six cards, some wear and marks, including corner creases to some, but a scarce set of six cards which are numbered from 1 to 6 in the bottom right corners, the final one entitled " The last plunge ". The printed text on the reverse is very emotive language which I am not going to repeat here, but you can see it for yourselves in the accompanying photos of the lot. Postally unused, probably a strip sold in a pack of pictures, they are now detached from one another. I have never seen another set. From my collection.

Coll.

Code: 55787

45.00 GBP


Post WW1 Postcard of Petty Officer of the Royal Navy wearing his 1914 - 15 Star

Post WW1 Postcard of Petty Officer of the Royal Navy wearing his 1914 - 15 Star

Taken on board ship, Postally unused, but an Xmas message on the reverse to Mrs Griffiths from Bob. A good image of his insignia. Probably 1919 / 1920.

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Code: 53614

6.00 GBP


WW1 Original Postcard - Soldier of the Rifle Brigade - French photographer

WW1 Original Postcard - Soldier of the Rifle Brigade - French photographer

Unusual study with picture of his family tipped into the top left corner, of a private soldier of the Rifle Brigade. Badge on stiff peaked cap on table. French backing "Carte Postale". Postally unused. In good condition.

Coll.

Code: 53219

4.00 GBP


Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London original postcard, postally used 1919

Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London original postcard, postally used 1919

A pre WW1 image judging by their medals, but post Boer War. Wearing undress uniform, their faces and medals are all reasonably clear. The author, appears to be a George Bell, and he writes from Millbank, London " I saw the King this morning". Sent to a Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland address. Good condition considering it has been Postally used, minor edge damage to each corner, otherwise a fine card.

Code: 53323

4.00 GBP


WW1 Postcard  - Chisledon Camp, nr Swindon in Wiltshire

WW1 Postcard - Chisledon Camp, nr Swindon in Wiltshire

An amusing little ditty of a poem about life of army recruit at Chisledon Camp in Wiltshire printed on one side of a postcard, postally used in July 1916. Almost nothing remains of Chiseldon Camp in Wiltshire today. It was set up in 1914 as a training base for up to 10,000 troops at a time, before they went to the front.

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In 1915, part of it was developed into a hospital for wounded soldiers before, in 1916, it began to treat soldiers coming back from the front who had contracted VD.

When war had been declared, Lord Kitchener had warned troops serving abroad "you may find temptations, but you must entirely resist them".

He urged British soldiers to treat all women "with perfect courtesy", but avoid "any intimacy".

But the blue-uniformed soldiers who, from July 1917, were kept behind 6ft-high barbed wire fences in a special area of Chiseldon, called L Lines, were proof that for some, Kitchener's appeals fell on deaf ears.

In 1918 alone, more than 60,000 soldiers needed treatment for VD - compared to around 75,000 who were treated for trench foot in the whole of the war.

Soldiers who contracted VD would not be paid while they were being treated, and would also lose the right to take leave for a year.

Initially the army also wrote to the soldier's family spelling out what he was being treated for.

That was stopped sometime around 1916, after a Major committed suicide after his wife had been informed.

Code: 53452

10.00 GBP


Pair of WW1 Postcards concerning the fate of Albert Cathedral

Pair of WW1 Postcards concerning the fate of Albert Cathedral

A "Before" and "After" shot of Albert Cathedral. Both postally unused. Some creasing and a bit grubby, but generally good condition.

This is one of the most famous icons for the British in the Great War - the Golden Virgin on top of the Basilica. The golden statue of the Madonna holding aloft her child was visible from far away, and of course was an excellent target for enemy artillery. It was damaged fairly early on, in January 1915, and the statue was knocked from its perch but stayed leaning at an angle before being secured by the French in that position.

A superstition grew up that the war would end only when the statue finally fell. It remained, somewhat improbably, in the same position all the time that Albert was in French and then British hands. The Germans advanced into Albert during their Spring Offensive in 1918, and well aware that the tower could be used as an excellent observation point by the Germans, it was British artillery that then deliberately targeted it and the statue finally fell. Albert was retaken by the British (the 8th East Surreys ) four months later, but it was another three months after this until the Armistice. It has, of course, been rebuilt to match its pre WW1 glory.

Albert was the main town behind the lines for the Allies nearest to the 1916 Somme battlefields. It lies on the main D929 road that runs east to Bapaume across the Somme battlefields, and west to Amiens in the other direction.

Code: 53453

5.00 GBP