WW1 commemorative stamps

Royal Mail are issuing a landmark series of Special Stamps to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. There will be 30 stamps in total – six per year from 2014 to 2018.

The first set of stamps

The first includes an excerpt from the poem For the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon; a portrait of Private William Tickle, who enlisted at the age of 15, one month after the start of the war. There is also an image of the Princess Mary Gift Box, sent to all Servicemen for Christmas 1914 and delivered by the postal service.

The range 'Discover the First World War with Royal Mail Stamps' will provide a broad and inclusive commemoration of the centenary. Upcoming themes will include:

  • How artists, writers and painters interpreted the events
  • The role of non-combatants and civilians
  • The role of the Services
  • The role of women
  • The contribution of the Commonwealth.

The first set of stamps is available now and can be purchased by visiting www.royalmail.com/firstworldwar.

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