George makes mark with wartime display

STAMP CLUB: Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia, Finland Japan, Italy, India, and Bulgaria – all were among the 29 countries that declared war on each other between 1914 and 1918 – one as late as July 1918! It was the army and field post office postmarks from these 10 that formed the basis for an informative display by George Burney to follow members. Showing more than 100 display pages of military covers, he drew on his knowledge of the complex subject to complement the many examples of an in-depth history of the war affecting these countries.

The material featured postmarks and censor marks, regiments and destinations throughout Europe. Russian covers showed how the regimental cachets served the dual purpose of free postage and censorship.

The section on picture postcards of the period featured German and British prisoner-of- war camps and military hospitals and how mail went via the Red Cross in Copenhagen, and a rare one to Hungary from a member of Flight Company 50 of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force.

Among the British mail was an example of the first type of Army Post Office date stamp, withdrawn within four months of war being declared and a different type being issued, and several covers showing they had come from sailors on British warships.