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Royal Mail on the search for Rifles decendants

A Princess Mary Gift Box appears in the first of a landmark series of Special Stamps that will be issued each year from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate the First World War.

A Princess Mary Gift Box appears in the first of a landmark series of Special Stamps that will be issued each year from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate the First World War.

Royal Mail is looking for the descendants of men who served in the GPO’s own regiment – the Post Office Rifles - during the First World War and inviting them to get in touch and share their stories of how their ancestors contributed to the war effort.

More than 75,000 men from the GPO fought in the First World War, including 12,000 men who fought with the Post Office Rifles.

In addition, Royal Mail is also calling on owners of a Princess Mary Gift Box to come forward with their stories of how the box came to be in their possession.

In October 1914, the Christmas Gift Fund was launched by Princess Mary, the 17-year-old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King’s uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a ‘gift from the nation’.

The result was the production of an embossed brass box, which contained a Christmas card and a picture of the Princess along with gifts.

Those wishing to share their stories can get in touch by email to groupcommspr@royalmail.com, phone 07436 280002 or send a message via Twitter @royalmailstamps.

 

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