Royal Mail issues First World War Centenary stamps

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UK postal service the Royal Mail has announced plans to issue a series of commemorative stamps each year from 2014 to 2018 to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

The set will feature 30 stamps, with six being produced each year.

The first set will be issued in July 2014 and will feature a range of images that focus on an aspect of the conflict.

Among them is a photograph of private William Tickle, who enlisted in the Essex Regiment at the age of 15 in September 1914 and was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 3 July 1916. Private Tickle has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial for the Missing.

Also featured are an image of the Princess Mary Gift Box, sent to all UK servicemen for Christmas 1914, a painting of a poppy by Scottish artist Fiona Strickland, lines from the poem For the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon and A Star Shell by war artist CRW Nevinson.

For more about the commemorative stamps, click here.

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