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Stories from the Great War

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Set of 6 Stamps Stamp Descriptions 41p - Pte Yves Cataroche54p - Major George Le Page55p - Dorothy Nicolls66p - Lt Frank Laine74p - Ada Le Poidevin83p - Pte Latimer Le Poidevin Our sets are supplied in a robust gla..

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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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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..

Price £37.30

Stories of the Great War, Prestige Booklet There is a wealth of information throughout the text about this deeply emotive topic. The stories about our six featured War Veterans are astonishing and brings the stamps to life. A beautifully put ..

Price £14.92

Description

When Kitchener’s call to arms went up in 1914, Guernsey eagerly stepped forward. Amongst the first wave of volunteers were Private Yves Cataroche (41p) and Major George Le Page (54p).

Bailiwick women also stepped forward to ‘do their bit’. In 1915, there was an appeal for Welfare Supervisors at the munitions factories. Dorothy Nicolls (55p) volunteered to join National Shell Filling Factory, No. 6 in Chilwell, Derbyshire. 

When the RGLI joined the front in September 1917, they did not have long to prepare for their first major battle, Cambrai. Friends, neighbours and families readied themselves to fight alongside each other and amongst them were Lt Frank de Mouilpied Lainé (66p) and his brother 2nd Lt Thomas de Jersey Lainé.

Women also risked their lives in the war zones. The Salvation Army set up respite huts for soldiers, staffed by Salvation Army officers and small groups of ‘sisters’. One of these was Ada Le Poidevin (74p) who answered a call in the War Cry.

Ada’s cousin, Private Latimer Le Poidevin (83p), fought alongside the Lainé brothers and Yves Cataroche. On his return, he set down his experiences in a remarkably accurate notebook and then never spoke of them again.

The six individuals we have chosen to feature in this issue represent the hundreds of island men and women who stepped into the fray.

Over the next five years, we will tell their stories and show the impact the Great War had on the Bailiwick, as well as the significant contribution this little community made to the war effort.

Specification

Date of Issue 11 November 2014
Designer Charlotte Barnes
Printer BDT International
Values 41p, 54p, 55p, 66p, 74p, 83p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 40.64mm deep x 36.85mm wide
Paper 110gsm Unwatermarked
Sheet 10
Perforation 14 x 15
Cylinder A