ANZAC Day 100 Commemorated With Special Royal Mail Postmarks
The London SW1 postmark features the familiar image of an ANZAC soldier and the other is from aptly named Trench in Telford, Shropshire. Here is an example of the London postmark used on a handmade postcard featuring the stamp produced for the 2010 Festival of Stamps showing the profiles of both King George V and Queen Elizabeth II . King George V was the reigning monarch 100 years ago making the use of the stamp highly relevant:
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and the soldiers who serve in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs and the pride they took in that name is still very evident today.
The date of 25 April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916 when a large number of ceremonies and services were held in Australia and New Zealand plus, elsewhere, a march through London was held and a commemorative sports day took place at the Australian camp in Egypt.
In London more than two thousand Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the city. A London newspaper headline called them "The Knights Of Gallipoli". Marches were held all over Australia in 1916 too. Soldiers injured during the Gallipoli landings attended the Sydney march in a convoy of cars accompanied by nurses. For the remainder of WW1, ANZAC Day was an occasion for patriotic rallies and recruiting campaigns and parades of serving members of the Australian Imperial Forces ( AIF ) were held in most cities.
ANZAC Day today is an opportunity to think about the sacrifices made by all our friends and kin from "down under" who have served, and are serving, with such distinction around the world in times of conflict. We WILL remember them.
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