Royal Mail First World War stamps go on display in Battersea Library

Poppy - by Fiona Strickland, who is considered among the leading contemporary botanical artists

Poppy - by Fiona Strickland, who is considered among the leading contemporary botanical artists

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Thirty new stamps commemorating the First World War are going on display in Battersea Library.

The designs include poppies, a child soldier, artefacts, artwork and famous poetry.

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Underage soldier, Private William Tickle, 15, was killed at the Battle of the Somme 1916

The exhibition, throughout August, will feature enlarged versions of the stamps - due to be issued over the next five years.

Andrew Hammond, from the Royal Mail, said: “We’re delighted that Battersea Library will be displaying our First World War stamps.

"This set of stamps forms part of a wider programme by Royal Mail to commemorate the centenary of the war, helping to tell some of the important and moving stories about the beginning of the conflict in 1914."

The Royal Mail played a significant role in the First World War as part of the General Post Office.

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A Star Shell, by CRW Nevinson, depicts a flare lighting up no man’s land 

It released 75,000 members of staff to fight in the war, including 12,000 employees to the GPO’s own regiment, the Post Office Rifles.

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Princess Mary Gift Box - aimed to provide everyone wearing the King's uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a gift 

The Post Offices Rifles were stationed on the Western Front and were involved in many battles.

They fought at The Somme and Passchendaele, Belgium, and suffered tremendous losses.

Of the 12,000 GPO employees in the Post Office Rifles, 1,800 were killed and 4,500 wounded.

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The Response, a bronze memorial by Sir William Goscombe John, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Lines from a poem, For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon

The stamps launched on Monday, July 28, and can be purchased via royalmail.com/firstworldwar, by calling 03457 641 641 or visiting your local post office.

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