Prestige Philately Auction 231 CatalogueNEW ZEALAND - GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN - Forces in Egypt
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Displaying 8 Lots in Category - NEW ZEALAND - GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN - Forces in Egypt
1915 Egyptian PPC censored "LH Jardine" at U/L, & two 'FIELD SERVICE/INDIA/...' postcards (one with 'INDIA' obliterated) all with 'INFANTRY BRIGADE/FIELD/13FE15/POST OFFICE/NZ DIVISION' cds & Indian Censor cachets #77 or #78 x2 in rosine, from the Forces defending the Suez Canal against attack by the Ottomans, this being the first action for the NZ troops. [Lt (later Lt Col) Leonard Jardine was one of the most decorated NZ officers during WWI. The other cards were written by brothers Clive & Frank Statham, both of whom were killed at Chunuk Bair (Gallipoli)]
c.1915 French PPC by a Greek publisher 'Dardanelles. New Zealanders on the March in Egypte', used under cover with message in French, small fault at right.
1916 Egyptian PPC with racist message headed "Alexandria Jan 1st" with superb Indian-pattern 'PASSED BY CENSOR/FORCE IN EGYPT/ 14 ' cachet in red allocated to No 2 NZ Rifle Brigade as part of the Western Frontier Force. Rare. [On 17.11.1915, a force of New Zealanders Australians & Britons marched into the Libyan Desert to confront the querrelsome Sunussi tribes. The Kiwis were withdrawn at the end of December 1915]
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UNIT CACHETS etc: Exhibit pages with PPCs & a few covers with various cds & all-different cachets including 'CENSORED/("initials")/WMR' (Firebrace #NZC1; LRD), boxed '1st BATTALION NZRB/FRANKED ("signature")' in blue or violet (#NZM21), boxed 'MEX CONCENTRATION CAMP' (not recorded by Firebrace) with message headed "Mex Camp", 'FRD BY OC/("initials")/CMR NZ E FORCE' (#NZM11), 'OC No 1 HQRS COY/NZ AND A DIV TRAIN' (not recorded), '("initials") CAPT NZVC/No 1 VETERINARY SECTION' and another with 'CAPT' excised (both unrecorded), 'No 4 BATTERY/NZFA', '("6")TH HOWITZER/("initials") NZFA' (unrecorded), 'No 2 Coy/NZ & A DIVn TRAIN' (not recorded), fancy-oval 'CAMP COMMANDANT/ 3 /BASE DETAILS' in green (unrecorded), 'SOLDIERS CAFE CAIRO/FREE/ E ' (rare but the card stained), oval 'o/c NZFA/("initials") Lieut/Base Details' on OHMS cover used locally, and a few others, condition generally good to very fine & the strikes are generally fine to superb. Several are Ex John Murr and/or Gordon Darge. A very scarce to rare & desirable lot. [Illustration above Lot 1211]
UNIT CACHETS etc: Cover with very fine strike of the rare 'HEADQUARTERS/OTAGO/27AUG1915/MOUNTED RIFLE/REGIMENT' datestamp in rosine (Firebrace #NZ30; ERD) & endorsed at L/L "(initials) OC No 2 Mobile Sect/NZVC", light HQ cds, minor blemishes & repaired corner at U/R clear of the h/s. Ex Gordon Darge. [The sender was Sgt John Blackie of the Veterinary Corps, who survived the war] The illustration is above Lot 1216.
DATESTAMPS: Egyptian PPCs with boxed 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/DEC 10 1914/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' from the First Convoy, tying Egypt 4m; 'NZ EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/7FEB1916/TROOPSHIP No 36' ('Tofua') & 'PASSED BY MILITARY CENSOR' h/s; or - to London - with recut 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/JUN 5 1915/-----/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' ('FOURTH REINFORCEMENT' excised); and cover with oval 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/----JAN 17 1915/EXPEDITIONARY FORCE' ('TROOPSHIP No 8' or '12' excised) tying Egypt 5m. [Such usages after arrival in Egypt are very scarce; Free Mail for soldiers was introduced 15.2.1915]
DATESTAMPS: Covers & PPCs with locally made steel cds 'HEADQUARTERS/FIELD/POST OFFICE/NZ DIVISION' x2 (one unnecessarily with Egypt 5m, the other to Australia), '.../ADVANCED/BASE/ARMY POST OFFICE' local philatelic usage, 'DIVISIONAL TRAIN/FIELD/POST OFFICE/NZ & A DIVN' to GB, and '.../NO 1/STATIONARY APO', minor blemishes.
DATESTAMPS: 1916 OHMS cover endorsed "Returned Letter" with largely superb strike of the rare double-framed 'NEW ZEALAND/ADVANCED BASE APO/FEB 17 1916/RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH' d/s in violet (Firebrace #NZ101) & Advanced Base cds, Alexandria arrival b/s, soiled on reverse. Ex Gordon Darge.