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MAIN BODY & FIRST REINFORCEMENT: 1914 Polynesia PPC with boxed 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/------1914/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' d/s in violet (the date apparently omitted but it may not have been properly set) & Wellington machine cancel of 15OC-1914, corner fault & light bend. Another rare departure day usage. [The message states "...I suppose you have heard that we are away again...my horse was lame & I had to come through in train...We got to work this morning & put the horses aboard...We left the wharf about 4 oclock. We think we sail tomorrow night"]
MAIN BODY & FIRST REINFORCEMENT: 1914 cover to Auckland with superb strike of the oval '...TROOPSHIP No 12/SEP 30 1914/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' d/s in violet used aboard 'Waimana'. Only a few 'Waimana' covers from the time in Auckland Harbour have been recorded.
MAIN BODY & FIRST REINFORCEMENT: 1915 Egyptian PPC with a largely superb strike of the unusual & rare 'Expeditionary Force/Loose Letter/HMNZT-No 4' cachet (Firebrace #10/13) used aboard Troopship No 4 ('Tahiti'), 'PT CHALMERS/11JA15/NZ' cds & superb strike of 'TO PAY/½d/DEFICIENT POSTAGE' for the single deficiency (that we expect is very scarce) applied because not endorsed "OAS" but cancelled with the 1850s small 'DUNEDIN'-in-bars h/s, soiling mostly on the view side. Ex Gordon Darge. [From the return of the First Convoy to New Zealand]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS - SECOND REINFORCEMENT: English patriotic PPC with message headed "No 1 Vet Section/HMNZT No 15" ('Knight of the Garter') & very fine strike of the erroneously inscribed boxed '.../DEC 20 1914/FIRST REINFORCEMENT/...' d/s in violet overstruck, posted at Hobart with cds of Auckland & Palmerston North, twice redirected. [The First Reinforcement Convoy had sailed with the Main Body on 25.10.1914. The writer states "Just five days out from Wellington & might reach Hobart tomorrow..."]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS Ceylon PPC with superb boxed '.../JAN 21 1915/----- REINFORCEMENT/...' d/s in violet (the offending 'FIRST' excised) overstruck with 'MEDBURY/4MR15' arrival cds (Wooders rated 5). The sender was Chaplain Captain Robert Richards. [The convoy arrived in Egypt on 29.1.1915]
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REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS Tasmanian PPC with largely very fine strike of the rare double-boxed 'COMMANDER'S OFFICE/22JAN1915/ HMNZT No 13' d/s in blue (Firebrace #NZ15B) used aboard 'Verdalla', peripheral faults on viewside. Message signed "OE Hooper" states "...As our letters are censored I can't tell you much...". [Trooper Oswald Edmund Hooper survived the war & returned to New Zealand]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS THIRD REINFORCEMENT: Ceylon PPC with boxed '.../MAR 19 1915/THIRD REINFORCEMENT/...' d/s in violet. The message states "...had a great time in Colombo but too many cadging natives...shall be glad to go into camp again as the boat is too crowded..." [Third Reinforcement departed 14.2.1915; arrived 26.3.1915. The writer, LCpl Sidney Benjamin Perrett WMR was killed at Beersheba 5.11.1917]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS FOURTH REINFORCEMENT: WA PPC with boxed '.../APR 30 1915/FOURTH REINFORCEMENT/...' d/s in violet. The message headed "Albany 29th" states "Arrived here Wednesday...There are worse places than Auckland (!) ...Leaving here tomorrow...", corner fault.
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: FIFTH REINFORCEMENT: Indian PPCs each with boxed '.../JUL 19 1915/.../FIFTH REINFORCEMENT' d/s in violet (scarce) or blue, and a philatelic piece with Indian stamps tied by the d/s of JUL 17 1915 in violet. [The "Fifth" comprised three ships. The different inks on the same day indicates usage on different ships, suggesting that there were probably three identical datestamps]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: SIXTH REINFORCEMENT: WA PPC with boxed '.../AUG 26 1915/.../SIXTH REINFORCEMENT' d/s in violet & superb unboxed 'PASSED BY CENSOR.' h/s (unlisted by John Firebrace but identical lettering to his boxed #NZ19), corner bend. The convoy departed Albany the day after this card was posted.
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: SEVENTH REINFORCEMENT: Cover and three PPCs with boxed 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/8NOV1915/ TROOPSHIP No 30' ('Maunganui'; manuscript "Censored/...") & '.../10NOV1915/TROOPSHIP No 31' ('Tahiti') both from Colombo, '.../18OCT1915/TROOPSHIP No 32' (in blue; message headed "SS Aparima 32") from Albany WA, and '.../15NOV1915/TROOPSHIP No 33' ('Navua') from Colombo. Ex Gordon Darge. [Troopships 30-34 departed 9.10.1915 & arrived at Suez 27.11.1915. Assigning numbered datestamps to particular ships was of little purpose. The numbering remained chronological, meaning that if a ship made more than one voyage, a different number was assigned for each voyage]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: NZ PPC written at Albany WA with very fine strike of the boxed '.../18OCT1915/TROOPSHIP No 34' d/s in violet used aboard 'Warrimoo', to Hobart but missent to Egypt where "Freemantle to Aden" crossed-through - but still obvious - & 'PASSED BY/CENSOR/("initials")' h/s (Firebrace #NZ79) applied in violet, large 'PASSED' h/s stated to have been applied at Hobart. Ex Gordon Darge.
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: EIGHTH REINFORCEMENT: PPCs (one a patriotic type) with boxed 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/ 26NOV1915/ TROOPSHIP No 35' ('Willochra') & '.../14DEC1915/TROOPSHIP No 36' ('Tofua') both in blue, posted en route from Colombo to Alexandria, very fine strikes in blue or violet of boxed 'PASSED BY CENSOR/...' h/s (not recorded by John Firebrace). [There were another 35 Reinforcements sent to Europe but the Eighth was the last that provided troops for the Gallipoli Campaign]
Forces in Egypt
1915 Egyptian PPC censored "LH Jardine" at U/L, & two 'FIELD SERVICE/INDIA/...' postcards (one with 'INDIA' obliterated) all with 'INFANTRY BRIGADE/FIELD/13FE15/POST OFFICE/NZ DIVISION' cds & Indian Censor cachets #77 or #78 x2 in rosine, from the Forces defending the Suez Canal against attack by the Ottomans, this being the first action for the NZ troops. [Lt (later Lt Col) Leonard Jardine was one of the most decorated NZ officers during WWI. The other cards were written by brothers Clive & Frank Statham, both of whom were killed at Chunuk Bair (Gallipoli)]
1916 Egyptian PPC with racist message headed "Alexandria Jan 1st" with superb Indian-pattern 'PASSED BY CENSOR/FORCE IN EGYPT/ 14 ' cachet in red allocated to No 2 NZ Rifle Brigade as part of the Western Frontier Force. Rare. [On 17.11.1915, a force of New Zealanders Australians & Britons marched into the Libyan Desert to confront the querrelsome Sunussi tribes. The Kiwis were withdrawn at the end of December 1915]
UNIT CACHETS etc: Exhibit pages with PPCs & a few covers with various cds & all-different cachets including 'CENSORED/("initials")/WMR' (Firebrace #NZC1; LRD), boxed '1st BATTALION NZRB/FRANKED ("signature")' in blue or violet (#NZM21), boxed 'MEX CONCENTRATION CAMP' (not recorded by Firebrace) with message headed "Mex Camp", 'FRD BY OC/("initials")/CMR NZ E FORCE' (#NZM11), 'OC No 1 HQRS COY/NZ AND A DIV TRAIN' (not recorded), '("initials") CAPT NZVC/No 1 VETERINARY SECTION' and another with 'CAPT' excised (both unrecorded), 'No 4 BATTERY/NZFA', '("6")TH HOWITZER/("initials") NZFA' (unrecorded), 'No 2 Coy/NZ & A DIVn TRAIN' (not recorded), fancy-oval 'CAMP COMMANDANT/ 3 /BASE DETAILS' in green (unrecorded), 'SOLDIERS CAFE CAIRO/FREE/ E ' (rare but the card stained), oval 'o/c NZFA/("initials") Lieut/Base Details' on OHMS cover used locally, and a few others, condition generally good to very fine & the strikes are generally fine to superb. Several are Ex John Murr and/or Gordon Darge. A very scarce to rare & desirable lot. [Illustration above Lot 1211]
UNIT CACHETS etc: Cover with very fine strike of the rare 'HEADQUARTERS/OTAGO/27AUG1915/MOUNTED RIFLE/REGIMENT' datestamp in rosine (Firebrace #NZ30; ERD) & endorsed at L/L "(initials) OC No 2 Mobile Sect/NZVC", light HQ cds, minor blemishes & repaired corner at U/R clear of the h/s. Ex Gordon Darge. [The sender was Sgt John Blackie of the Veterinary Corps, who survived the war] The illustration is above Lot 1216.
DATESTAMPS: Egyptian PPCs with boxed 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/DEC 10 1914/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' from the First Convoy, tying Egypt 4m; 'NZ EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/7FEB1916/TROOPSHIP No 36' ('Tofua') & 'PASSED BY MILITARY CENSOR' h/s; or - to London - with recut 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/JUN 5 1915/-----/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' ('FOURTH REINFORCEMENT' excised); and cover with oval 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/----JAN 17 1915/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' ('TROOPSHIP No 8' or '12' excised) tying Egypt 5m. [Such usages after arrival in Egypt are very scarce; Free Mail for soldiers was introduced 15.2.1915]
DATESTAMPS: Covers & PPCs with locally made steel cds 'HEADQUARTERS/FIELD/POST OFFICE/NZ DIVISION' x2 (one unnecessarily with Egypt 5m, the other to Australia), '.../ADVANCED/BASE/ARMY POST OFFICE' local philatelic usage, 'DIVISIONAL TRAIN/FIELD/POST OFFICE/NZ & A DIVN' to GB, and '.../NO 1/STATIONARY APO', minor blemishes.
DATESTAMPS: 1916 OHMS cover endorsed "Returned Letter" with largely superb strike of the rare double-framed 'NEW ZEALAND/ADVANCED BASE APO/FEB 17 1916/RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH' d/s in violet (Firebrace #NZ101) & Advanced Base cds, Alexandria arrival b/s, soiled on reverse. Ex Gordon Darge.