Prestige Philately Auction 227 CatalogueCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Military - WWII - Prisoners of War in Asia
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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Military - WWII - Prisoners of War in Asia
All-different unused POW Postal Stationery group comprising Envelopes in black/white & in blue/white with incorrect text 'C/o PRISONERS OF WAR INFORMATION BUREAU', Postal Cards all in blue/white x3, and Airmail Postal Cards all in blue/white x3 (one with ' nternment' Error, believed to be the only recorded example).
CHINA-TAIWAN: Undated cover from a colonel to Melbourne with Taiwan Camp censor cachet & camp censor Yoshikawa chop, flap removed; and POW Postal Card with camp censor Nishikawa chop from a British major to England & redirected to Queensland; both with large 'SERVICE DES/PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE' cachet used only on POW mail from Taiwan.
JAPAN:Various types of POW Postal Cards x4 (one duplicated) & Envelopes x4 from Fukuoka, Hakodate x2, Osaka x2 (one with Morimoto censor's cachet) & Tokyo x3 sent to Australia, condition rather mixed.
JAPAN:ZENTSUJI: 1942 POW Envelope printed in blue & red to NSW with Camp censor cachet in violet & standard Japanese cds, 'CROWS NEST/24AP43' arrival cds & redirected within Sydney, undeliverable and attempted return via Red Cross with Swiss boxed trilingual 'Retour-Zuruck/Service postal suspendu/...' h/s, also POW Postal Card printed in black & red on buff with 'ZENTSUZI' Error (very fine), plus inwards mail comprising three plain envelopes, Red Cross envelope with Thick Bar, blue/white envelope with hand-drawn Christmas card, and Red Cross blue/white lettersheet, all from NSW or Victoria.
KOREA:Inwards mail to Keijo Camp comprising plain cover, blue/white lettersheet, Red Cross envelope with Thick Bar x2 and two blue/white Postal Cards uprated for airmail (both incorrectly paid the 5d letter rate instead of the 4d postcard rate), also blue/white envelope (opened-out) and POW Relatives Association blue/white lettersheet both to Jinsan Camp, plus Red Cross envelope to Singapore redirected to "CHOSEN" (faults), condition variable.
MALAYA - CHANGI: Inwards mail including Red Cross Envelopes with Three Thin Bars x3 or Thick Bar x5 (one with Japanese Red Cross cachet in rosine), Red Cross blue/white Postal Card with camp censor Ta chop; and by air plain covers at 5d rate x2 (one shortpaid 1d) & blue/white Postal Card uprated with 4d Koala with camp censor Kinoshita chop; well above-average condition. Some with transit times of between 9 & 18 months noted.
MALAYA - CHANGI: All-different identified camp censor cachets on inwards mail comprising plain cover with unnecessary 2½d payment (with the original enclosure), Red Cross Envelopes with Thick Bar x2, Red Cross blue/white Postal Card; and by air postcards red/white or blue/white x2 different types (one overpaid with 5½d Emu), minor blemishes.
MALAYA - CHANGI: All-different POW Postal Stationery sent inwards comprising Red Cross Postal Cards blue/white x2 & black/white, Envelopes blue/white (with letter), black/white, or red/white with Three Thin Bars (with letter) or Thick Bar, and Lettersheets red/white or blue/white; POW Relatives Association Envelope; and generic-issue Postal Card blue/white, Envelope red/white & Airmail Envelope blue/white; six sent by air, a few are remarkably fine.
NETHERLANDS INDIES - JAVA:1944 plain envelope from WA with Perth machine cancel, Melbourne censor label & cachet; blue/white postcard to Camp "X", Red Cross envelopes x3, one received after 23 months, one with faint endorsement on face "Received 1.4.45 Koshu Mount/Siam" after 26 months transit!, the last to a member of "G" Force captured on Java & sent to Singapore & from there to Japan and repatriated per HMS "Formidable" which is endorsed on the face.
THAILAND:1943-45 mail to Camp No 1 (Nong Pladuk) POW Postal Card by air endorsed "RTA" & with small redirection label, with the enclosed letter; Camp No 2 (Chungkai) plain cover & blue/white POW Envelope both by air; Camp No 3 (Nike or Nieke) blue/white Red Cross lettersheet endorsed "RTA"; Camp No 4 (Tamuang) plain cover by air with censor Sato cachet, four different blue/white POW Postal Cards (two by surface both with censor Ishikura cachet, one undeliverable & returned); and an undesignated camp black/white POW Envelope & blue/white Red Cross lettersheet with censor Matsushita or Adachi cachets; condition variable. [All four camps were along the infamous Burma-Siam Railway]
LIBERATED POWs:Four covers - two by air - & seven aerogrammes all from GB to liberated POWs all addressed c/- the GPO Melbourne, various redirections & cachets including 'NO RECORD OF/Repatriation/OF ADDRESSEE' x2 & similar straight-line type, and three with 'IT IS REGRETTED THIS LETTER COULD/NOT BE FORWARDED IN TIME...', one addressed directly to Japan but with 'VIA BASE PO/MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA' cachet in blue (stained), generally fine.
LIBERATED POWs:1945 (Oct 1) usage of GB formular aerogramme endorsed "Lib UK PW" with the message headed "c/o 3 Australian Repl Co / Manila PI" to England with 'AUST ARMY PO/241' cds. [Ted Proud records APO 241 at Hollandia Feb-June 1945, then in Japan from May 1946; Phil Collas records usage at Morotai from Feb 1945 "until late in that year" & in Japan in 1946. Neither mentions usage in the Philippines]
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LIBERATED POWs:1945 (Oct 8) Liberated Prisoner of War usage of Comforts Fund cover endorsed "Liberated UK POW" & on the flap "HQ3 Australian Reception Group" to England with 'AUST ARMY PO/241' cds, couple of minor blemishes. [Ted Proud records APO 241 at Hollandia Feb-June 1945, then in Japan from May 1946; Phil Collas records usage at Morotai from Feb 1945 "until late in that year" & in Japan in 1946. Neither mentions usage at the HQ3 POW Reception Centre believed to be at Manila, Philippine Islands]