Stories from the Great War Part 2

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Presentation Pack A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is at..

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Sheets of 10 Some of our stamp issues are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer’s information and ‘traf..

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Set of 6 Stamps Stamp Descriptions42p - Pte Philip Carre, Tommy's Mail56p - Mailboat, SS Vera57p - Lt Peter Le Page, Embroidered Sampler62p - The Post Office Rifles68p - Pte Yves Cataroche, Whizz Bang77p - Robert and..

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Stories of the Great War Part 2, Prestige Booklet There is a wealth of information throughout the text about this deeply emotive topic.The stories about our six featured topics and some of the War Veterans associated with this issue are astonishing a..

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First Day Cover The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pict..

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Description

For issue two or our five stamp sets commemorating the Great War, we wanted to build on the stories that we began last year with a focus on the role that the Post Office played in keeping Bailiwick residents in touch with their loved ones abroad.

Once again we have featured individual islanders who served in the conflict and this set sees the inclusion of a Sark resident, Philip Carre, who left his home and his duties as the island's postman to volunteer in the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI). Many of his family members still live in Sark, including his great grandson Simon who is one of the island's postmen today.

His story has parallels with that of Robert Bynam, the grandfather of long-serving Guernsey Post Head of Network Planning, Dave Bynam. Robert was a postman when war broke out having started as a telegram boy at the age of 14 and, like Philip, he also fought with the RGLI. Thankfully both men returned from the War to raise families and both continued their work as postmen until they reached retirement.

Many of the servicemen who came home either re-joined or began working for the postal service and it is easy to understand how its sense of duty, structure and solidarity was reassuringly familiar to men who had spent time in the armed forces.

Specification

Date of Issue 11 November 2015
Designer Charlotte Barnes
Printer BDT International
Values 42p, 56p, 57p, 62p, 68p, 77p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 40.64mm deep x 36.85mm wide
Paper 110gsm unwatermarked PVA adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 14 X 15
Cylinder A