Great Britain Stamps Commemorate
Centenary of World War I
Beginning in 2014, Great Britain inaugurated a five-year stamp series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. Issued in 2017, this set of six stamps was the fourth set in that series. The stamps come with a nice presentation booklet filled with neat information about each one. The stamps picture:
Shattered Poppy – The poppy became a symbol of the fallen during World War I. To create this image, photographer John Ross froze poppies and then broke them with a metal rod, suggesting “a sudden, devastating act of violence, an impression that is heightened by the poppy’s natural delicacy.”
Dead Man’s Dump – This stamp features a line from the poem “Dead Man’s Dump,” by Isaac Rosenberg. A British painter and poet, Rosenberg fought on the Western Front and wrote about what he saw in poems such as this.
Nurses Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm – Known as the Madonnas of Pervyse, these two nurses were friends who traveled to Belgium shortly after the war began and joined an ambulance corps. They quickly realized that many men were dying form untreated wounds and opened their own front-line hospital, where they eventually treated 23,000 casualties. They received the Military Medal in 1917.
Dry Docked for Scaling and Painting – This stamp features a painting by Edward Wadsworth. Wadsworth was hired to design “dazzle camouflage” for British ships, to confuse German submarines. The stripes and geometric shapes helped make the ship indistinguishable.
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium – Located in Flanders, Belgium, Tyne Cot Cemetery is home to 11,961 fallen Commonwealth servicemen. It also includes a wall with the names of nearly 35,000 fallen soldiers who have no grave.
Private Lemuel Thomas Rees’s Life-Saving Bible – Lemuel Thomas Rees was conscripted into the 6th Battalion, South Wales Borderers in 1917. At the battle of Passchendaele, a German shell landed him and exploded. But the small bible he kept in his pocket saved his life. However, he later died from the effects of gas after joining the fighting on the Western Front.
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