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Displaying 15 Lots in Category - Prisoners of War
C of A - Postal History
1918 KGV 1d red 'Star' Envelope to internee "W. M. Jasper, GCC 32 / 6, Holdsworthy" with Adelaide '19MAR18' machine cancel, opened by censor & resealed with small pink label and 'CENSORED/GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP/LIVERPOOL' cachet on back, endorsed "Postal Note 5/-" in pencil presumably by censor.
1919 YMCA cover endorsed "Prisoner of War Letter" sent unfranked to Melbourne by ex-internee "F Arnold SS Valencia" (return address) with 'ALBANY/20OC19/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' cds. [The SS 'Valencia' left Sydney on 10.10.1919 for Europe with 400+ deported internees from Holdsworthy Camp NSW; the Sydney Morning Herald reported (copy included) "... probably a call will be made at Albany where further deportees will be taken aboard ..."; Haynes (p352) questions whether the POW 'free postage' concession applied to deportees; this item was accepted unfranked and is one of the last items posted under the WWI concession in Australia].
C of A - Military - World War I
1918 YMCA cover with header '...WITH THE/BRITISH PRISONERS OF WAR INTERNED IN HOLLAND' & a plain cover similarly inscribed, both with the Australian sender's details at lower-left & different "free mail" cachets, to NSW, minor defects; and 1918 stampless Swiss PPC to an Australian POW at Friedrichsfeld Camp with German camp censor's cachet & boxed 'F.a.' h/s (= time expired) h/s indicatin he had been repatriated. A very scarce trio.
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: Quality group of POW Envelopes x7 (one registered with 'HOLDSWORTHY CAMP' cds), Letter Sheets x7 & a rare Postal Card, various 'FREE' indicia, includes usages to China, Holland, India, Switzerland & USA, various NSW & foreign censor cachets etc, generally fine to very fine. A very appealing lot,
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: Group with handstamped 'FREE' cachet x4 (one with rare 'BERRIMA DETENTION BARRACKS/BERRIMA NSW' h/s in violet), envelopes from Trial Bay with printed 'FREE' & seriffed or sans-serif x2 Trial Bay censor cachets, condition variable.
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: c.1915 undated plain cover from Liverpool Camp with very fine strikes of straight-line h/s & the rare boxed 'PRISONER/OF/WAR/LETTER.' cachet (Emery #CA221) both in red, to Germany with superlative boxed 'PASSED BY/CENSOR SD/...' cachet in violet applied at Sydney. Superb!
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: 1915 plain cover from Liverpool Camp with superb strikes of straight-line h/s & the rare boxed 'PRISONER/ OF/WAR/LETTER.' cachet (Emery #CA221) both in violet, to Germany with light 'PASSED BY CENSOR/11AU15/ =CS=' cds in red at lower-left applied at Sydney & British POW cachet.
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: c.1916 POW Envelope to Amsterdam with light strike of the British oval 'PRISONER OF WAR/REPATRIATION BUREAU' cachet at lower-left, on arrival redirected to "Utrecht", minor soiling. Scarce destination for POW mail.
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: 1916 POW Envelope to Queensland with superb strike of the rare sans serif 'CENSORED/DETENTION BARRACKS/TRIAL BAY NSW' cachet (very early usage) in blue, 'LIVERPOOL/2SE16/=NSW=' cds & Lt-Col Sands cachet in violet, slightly reduced at left.
PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL: VICTORIA: 1915 (Apr 15) plain POW cover to Switzerland with very fine strike of the rare 'PRISONERS OF WAR DEPOT/LANGWARRIN' cachet in green & superb Melbourne cds, Geneva arrival b/s of 12.V.15, minor blemishes. With the complete 'OPENED BY/CENSOR' label removed to expose the cachet.
C of A - Military - World War II
PRISONER OF WAR MAIL: 1944 Osaka POW Camp Nippon envelope to Australia from Gunner PM Tully with Japanese censor chop on face and brown tape at top but no postal markings, the enclosed letter in pencil on Japanese notepaper headed "OSAKA POW CAMP/6-11-44" refers to the allowed topics of mail received, weather, etc but must have transgressed as one line has been erased and another scored out & also includes the scarcely credible line "... I am in fair health.", envelope with some blemishes but letter fine. It is very unusual to find the actual letters along with POW covers, especially one written on 'official' stationery. The illustration is above lot 1494
1914 WWI Ahmednagar Prisoner of War Camp Mail comprising 'PRISONER OF WAR LETTER' envelopes with printed camp name x3 (one with red triangle corner), British 'Prisoner of War' envelopes x2 with hand-written return addresses, and postcards with pre-printed messages on back x3 (two in German; one in English), all sent to Germany or Switzerland, variety of cancels & censor cachets and one with 'PW 162' censor label, condition generally fine.
1945 inter-Camp usage of Japanese Occupation 5s Postal Card from an internee at Camp Tjimahi in West Java to another at "Kamp Halmaheira" near Semarang, Central Java withpre-occupation 'BANDOENG/-2.10.45' cds, contemporary annotations & minor blemishes. [Dutch POWs and Internees continued to be held in camps after the Japanese surrender on 15.08.1945 and were not liberated until four months later and on the condition that they leave Indonesia; under the terms of their surrender, Japanese troops were to re-establish authority and in October 1945 they drove Indonesian Independence forces out of Bandoeng and handed the city over to the British]
NEW ZEALAND - Postal History
1941 airmail to "8448 Cpl JJ Anderson, HQ Coy, 20th Battalion, 4th NZ Infantry Brigade, 2nd NZEF, Middle East Forces" with Pictorials 9d Panel tied 'ST. KILDA/-1DE41' cds, censored with tape & cachet, endorsed "POW" in blue pencil with 'Prisoner of War' cachet in violet on face, returned & resealed with 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE NZ' label after being opened to locate sender, a few edge faults. Cpl John Joseph Anderson was captured on 2.1.1942 in the Western Desert as part of the Allied campaign to take Libya.
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SAMOA POSTAL HISTORY
1916 postcard to Sweden requesting information about "Albert Kesselhut who is a POW in Russia...last heard of a year ago when he was in the hospital...", 'SAMOA' KEVII ½d pair tied by 'APIA/16OC16' cds, Censor No 2 cachet in violet on face, a couple of minor marks. [From August 1915 to February 1918 the Swedish Red Cross oversaw the exchange of 60,000+ wounded POWs between Russia and the Central Powers]