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MALAYA - Postal History
1875 (Jan) flapless cover to Hampshire with GB 1/- green tied by '42'-in-diamond-&-bars cancel of the London Foreign Branch, docketed on the face "Lieut JEC Goodrich", minor blemishes. Lieut Goodrich was serving on the battleship HMS "Audacious" at Penang. Carried per P&O "Golconda" to Galle; then "Mirzapore" to Southampton, arrived 8/3/1875. Ex Geoffrey Osborn.
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SHIP-BOARD POSTMARKS: British Mail Boat cancels comprising 'A81', 'A86' x2, 'A99' x2 & '[B]03', on 1867 Surcharges on India 12c on 4a & 24c on 8a x2, or 1867-72 Crown/CC 2c 12c & 32c x2, a few minor defects, the strikes are fine to very fine, Cat £680++. Rare on Straits stamps. Noted as mostly Ex Dr Woods. Acquired at the Spink sale of 7/3/2007 for £1080. [These handstamps were issued to P&O staff on contract mailboats. They are found on mail posted aboard ship but most examples are from soldiers' & sailors' covers that were forwarded to the mailboats without cancellations]
NAURU - Postal History
1943 (Aug 19) stampless cover to Japan with two boxed chops in magenta & circular Censor's chop of Hashiba in red, peripheral blemishes. With the lengthy enclosed letter from Tadao Hashiba to a family member: Very few entire letters from the Japanese on Nauru have survived. Ex John Darnell: acquired at the Prestige auctiuon of 17/2/2012 for $2645.
The writer states (translated) "...My aim is to do all I can not to die in this insignificant place. Contagious disease, amoebic dysentery, is rife here and not a few have died from it....A deadly struggle is being waged day and night in the Solomons...though one is in no doubt that Japan will prevail...everyone without exception, officers and men, has had dengue fever this past month...I wonder what fate has in store for me...So far I've had only one letter."
In addition to the ravages of tropical diseases, some 300 Japanese died of starvation & many others resorted to cannibalism. Nauru was surrendered to the Australians on 13.9.1945.