Prestige Philately Auction 231 CatalogueNEW ZEALAND - GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN - Training & Embarkation Camps
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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - NEW ZEALAND - GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN - Training & Embarkation Camps
ADDINGTON: 1914 illustrated YMCA cover with '.../CHRISTCHUCH - NEW ZEALAND' imprint to Auckland with 1d tied by fair strike of 'MILITARY CAMP/NZ/ 7 /SP14/--' relief cds (no year slug; LRD), overall soiling. With the matching letterhead, the message headed "Christchurch Military Camp/September 14th 1914" states "I suppose you know by this I am going with the troops..." suggesting he hadn't told his family that he had enlisted, minor repaired split. PO 14/8/1914; closed 14/9/1914 the date of this duo. Ex Gordon Darge. [Trooper Heywood Armstrong of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles survived the war]
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AWAPUNI (1): 1914 real photo PPC of nine soldiers at tea break, ½d (damaged) with very fine strike of the rare 'AWAPUNI/14SP14/NZ' cds (Wooders rated 9), soiling. PO 13/8/1914; closed 3/10/1914. Ex Gordon Darge. [Writer states "...We expect to leave for Well[ington] this week..."]
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EPSOM: 1914 (Aug) cover with light strike of the 'MILITARY CAMP/NZ/ 3 ' "relief" cds in violet largely overstruck with Auckland machine cancel of 2SP-1914, very fine 'OPOTIKI' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. PO 21/8/1914; closed 27/8/1914. Ex Gordon Darge.
MAYMORN: 1915 real photo PPC of 40+ soldiers on 'smoko', 1d Dominion tied by large-part strike of the rare 'MAYMORN/NZ/4NO15/MILITARY CAMP' cds (Wooders rated 9), very fine 'BOMBAY/NZ' arrival cds, minor blemishes. PO 8.10.1915; closed 27.1.1916. Ex Gordon Darge. [This was a tent camp, auxiliary to Trentham]
NARROW NECK: 1917 usage of KGV 1½d Letter Card to NSW with very fine strike of the rare undated 'NARROW NECK/MILITARY CAMP' cachet in violet at U/L & 'DEVONPORT/30MR17/NZ' cds, some soiling/toning & minor opening faults but quite presentable. Ex Gordon Darge. No post office; the cachet was probably used during the brief post office period 2.8.1915 to 17.9.1915 & reintroduced later. [A small facility for training Maori & Islander soldiers. Writer states "...I am going over to Samoa with another batch of 30 odd...by the Talune..."]
PALMERSTON NORTH: 1914 cover from Timaru to "Private DG Wallace/Mounted Field Ambulance/.../Expeditionary Camp/Palmerston North", minor blemishes. [We can find no record of a Camp at Palmerston North: Rangiotu to the south of Palmerston North was the closest. However, that facility was not opened until 1915. Curious! What is undeniable, is that Inwards mail to any of the camps is rare]
PAPAWAI: 1917 cover with '.../FEATHERSTON MILTARY CAMP' imprint at U/L & endorsed "AW Gordon/26th MR" at L/L, 1d Dominion tied by largely very fine strike of the rare double-circle 'PAPAWAI/MILITARY CAMP' cds (unlisted by Richard Wooders so rated 10), minor defects. PO 19.9.1916; closed 29.11.1918. [On 12.8.1917, the writer, Albert Gordon, died of wounds suffered in aerial combat. He was the first NZ airman to lose his life in this manner]
RANGIOTU: 1915 usage of KEVII 1d Letter Card with very fine strike of the double-circle 'RANGIOTU/MILITARY CAMP' cds (Wooders rated 8), light spotting & faint vertical fold. PO 12.7.1915; closed 30.5.1916. Ex Gordon Darge. [The illustration is above Lot 1181]
SEATOUN: c.1915 William Nees real photo PPC 'Seatoun Camp NZ Exped Force Wigton' (horses & tents), unused. Superb! [This small facility on Wellington Harbour had no post office]
TAHUNA PARK (1): c.1915 real photo PPC (camp panorama), endorsed "Tahuna Park Camp/Otago..." on the address side but unused. PO 13.8.1914; closed 25.9.1914
TAUHERENIKAU (1): 1916 Salvation Army Institute PPC & 1917 United Institute cover with the two different Camp PO cds (Wooders rated 6); and 1915 real photo PPC of platoon & tents, convoy usage with very fine boxed '.../AUG 23 1915/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/SIXTH REINFORCEMENTS' d/s in violet, minor corner creases. PO 12.7.1915; closed 5.12.2018.
TRENTHAM (2): 1915 cover with very fine strike of the double-circle 'TRENTHAM MILITARY CAMP' cds, repaired flap; 1917 cover with '.../TRENTHAM MILITARY CAMP' imprint at U/L & very fine TMC machine cancel; and real photo PPCs of 'Segregation Camp' (panorama), troops at ease, and two staged group photos, two used under cover; another 'No 5 Platoon B Coy 14th' endorsed on reverse "Taken at Upper Hutt" (a small overflow camp with no postal facilities). PO 5.10.1914; closed 11.9.1924.
TRENTHAM RIFLE RANGE: 1914 usage of KEVII 1d Letter Card to Dunedin with very fine strike of the rare 'TRENTHAM RIFLE RANGE/31OC/14/NZ' cds (Wooders rated 9), a bit soiled and some abrasions on the reverse. Robin Startup states "open annually" until 1921. John Murr at p97 makes no mention of use of the Rifle Range cds at the Trentham Military Camp, where the PO opened 15.10.1914. [Excellent message headed "Trentham" states "...The men up here are a fine lot...there are a lot of the Legion of frontiersmen a corps formed in the North Island all grizzled men who have seen service in all parts of the world..."]