Jersey Post will issue a set of six stamps, a Miniature Sheet and a Souvenir Sheetlet on Monday 4 August, to mark the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The first in a five part series entitled, ‘The Great War – 100 Years’, the issue focuses on the idea of ‘Participation’ and explores the subject of WWI from a local, Jersey perspective.
The stamps feature illustrations by Martin Hargreaves who has sensitively portrayed different groups of Jersey society and some of their roles during The Great War. Represented on the six stamps are The Royal Jersey Militia, Volunteer Aid Detachment, French Reservists, agricultural workers, fundraisers and Royal Naval Officers, all evocatively set against recognisable Jersey backdrops including the Royal Square and Mont Orgueil Castle.
Jersey Post’s Philatelic Production Co-Ordinator, Chris Elligott explained: “The Great War affected all parts of every community across Britain and Jersey was no exception. For our WWI stamp issue, we decided to look at the history of the First World War from a local angle and the result is really quite poignant. We’ve focussed in on the community, the people who were involved and the different roles that they adopted.
“Over six thousand islanders served in the war and 862 of these people were killed, in addition to members of the French community who left the island to fight and who lost their lives. This stamp issue, together with our Remembrance issue released earlier in the year, commemorates all those who were involved and affected by this horrific conflict, 100 years on. ”
The stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 4 August 2014. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the main post office at Broad Street, St Helier, Jersey, on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com