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Displaying 11 Lots in Category - Prisoners of War
Malta postal history with WWI POW covers with boxed 'FREE/FROM/PRISONER/OF WAR' h/s or oval types Numbers 2 3 & 4, then KGVI frankings to NSW mostly registered including four censored WWII items, 1948 with 2d x2 & 2/6d plus 'BUY/A MALTA GOVT/LOTTERY TICKET' label, & fourteen at various rates with 'SELF- GOVERNMENT' Overprints to 2/- & 2/6d; also six WWII covers from Australian airmen in Southern Rhodesia, and a few strays; condition variable.
(Qty 36 items)
C of A - Military - World War I
Box with WWI POW covers from Trial Bay x2, Holdsworthy or Liverpool Camps, then WWII bundle from one correspondence (most with the stamps torn-off), and fifteen mostly OHMS covers from POW Camps including 1946 from Bridgetown, Kununoppin, Northam, Quairading & Tambellup all in WA, condition variable.
Covers (3) & KGV 1d Postal Cards x2 all to Australians known to be POWs at Cassel (2, both with large circular camp cachet), Crefeld, Dülmen or Gottingen, the last forwarded to Dülmen, various British & German cachets, also a stampless PPC from Switzerland to an Australian POW at Friedrichsfeld bei Wesel. Nice group.
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1915 usage of 1d Roo Postal Card with three different Prisoner of War handstamps in green, to West Sumatra but apparently missent to GB where superb 'PRISONERS OF WAR/[crown]/INFORMATION BUREAU' cachet applied, unusual usage of LONDON WC OFFICAL PAID' cds in red indicating POW mail was free, superb 'SIBOLGA' arrival cds, corner bends at upper-right & lower-left. A most unusual POW usage to an unusual destination. [The letter, in English, states "...The number of letters we may write is much restricted but there is no limit for letters from abroad. All the prisoners here have to work 4 hours every day with axe and shovel...The war has cost me...a great deal of money..."]
1917 three covers to Belgian soldiers interned in Holland at Amerspoort Camp (2) or Harderwijk Camp, two with 'OPENED BY CENSOR' labels, the other with 'CONTROLE POSTE MILITAIRE' label.
1918 PPC of Langensalza POW Camp to England with large circular Camp cachet & German POW Postal Card with printed 'Camp de Friedrichsfeld près Wesel' at left & 'Friedrichsfeld' on the reverse; also two covers (one a front only) from an Australian POW interned in Holland (not encountered by us before), both with 'PORTVRIJ/FRANC DE PORT/Militaires étrangers/Internés dans les Pays Bas' cachet in violet. [The last two items are from Pte Alexander McKee, captured at Fromelles & held in Germany until 13/2/1918 when he was paroled to Holland conditional upon him remaining in an internees' camp for the duration of the war]
C of A - Postal Stationery
ENVELOPES - "MILITARY": ditto, First Setting with 25mm Thick & Thin Printer's Rules below Heading 1d on Laid Stock #ME3A, superb Sydney machine cancel of AP16/1917, endorsed "Missing/11-4-17" & "P" (= POW) in green, British 'OPENED BY/CENSOR/ PW 456' label (partly lifted to reveal the cancel & endorsement), Cat $400.
WARTIME STATIONERY: World War II 6d Airmail Postal Card BW #POW1, unused. Unrecorded unused in the ACSC, and the only unused example known to us .
NEW ZEALAND - Postal History
1916 extraordinary usage of KEVII 1d Letter Card with 'SAMOA' Overprint with letter headed "Motuihi...25 Juli 16" & on the reverse "Prisoner of War.../Motuihi Island...", light but very fine 'FROM PRISONER OF WAR' h/s in rosine & superb 'PASSED BY THE/MILITARY CENSOR/NZ' h/s in violet, to Brazil (!) with Auckland cds, Rio de Janeiro two different transits & 'JOINVILLE/4OUT/1916/S CATHA MANHA' arrival b/s, insignificant opening defect at lower-right. A truly remarkable item to a most unusual destination.
1918 'PRISONER OF WAR' Envelope with boxed 'Postage/Free.' at upper-right & 'Internment Camp/Somes Island, Wellington' at lower-right, to Germany with enclosed Internment Camp letter in German datelined "24 September 1918". Unusually fine.
(Qty 2 items)
SOUTH AFRICA - (Provinces)
TRANSVAAL: 1901 & 1902 censored covers to Boer POWs in "Ragama Camp/Hut No 1/Ceylon" (a bit aged) or "Tuckers Island/Bermuda" (creased).