This first day cover from Royal Mail is the second in a 5-year series commemorating the Great War on its 100th anniversary. This cover commemorates wartime events from 1915.
Country: United Kingdom
Date of Issue: 14th May 2015
Date of Cover: 14th May 2015 (first day cover, with commemorative cancel)
Top row, left to right:
- Poppies: by Howard Hodgkin.
- All The Hills And Vales Along: by Charles Hamilton Sorley, poet, and lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment.
- Rifleman Kulbir Thapa: Rifleman Kulbir Thapa was the first Nepalese Gurkha to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Bottom row, left to right
- The Kensingtons At Laventie: by Eric Kennington, painter, sculptor, and soldier of the London Regiment.
- Cape Helles: at Gallipoli, Turkey, by Ernest Brooks, the first official war photographer. A soldier at a comrade’s grave.
- London Irish Rifles’ football from Loos: booted out of the trenches by Private Frank Edwards and kicked across no man’s land on the first day of the Battle of Loos, 25th September 1915.
The insert to the cover provides more details about the people and subjects on these stamps. Click the image below for easier reading.