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Catalogue code: AV042
This poignant Commemorative Sheet recognizes the role played by The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the First World War. The Sheet, marking the centenary of the first ANZAC Day, comprises ten labels with First Class Poppy stamps.
Amphibious assault Australian troops land near Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915. The boats with ramps had transported mules of the 26th Indian Mountain Battery.
Deadly weapon A sniping team in an Anzac trench. A British sharpshooter uses a sniper rifle while an Australian comrade spots’ for him with a periscope.
Life-savers Anzac troops retrieve a wounded comrade from the firing line. Stretcher-bearing was dangerous and exhausting work in the energy sapping heat of a Gallipoli summer.
Heroes on horses The 10th Australian Light Horse leaves the Canal defence lines on 10 June 1916 to destroy Turkish water supplies in the Wadi um Muksheib, 40 miles south east of Ismailia, Egypt.
Trench warfare Passchendaele offensive, 8 September 1916 stretcher-bearers of the 45th Australian Infantry Battalion shelter in dug-outs along Anzac Ridge during the Battle of Polygon Wood.
Precarious position The narrow strip of beach at Anzac Cove, with stores and shelters set into the steep Turkish hillside.
Tender care Members of the Australian Army Nursing Service at No. 4 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, Egypt, in June 1916.
Top brass Anzac commander Lieutenant-General Sir William Birdwood’s final visit to Anzac Cove on 19 December 1916. The evacuation which he had opposed was completed the following day.
Battle-weary The Somme, August 1916 men of the 2nd Australian Division return from fighting at Pozieres. Between 27 July and 6 August, the Division incurred nearly 7,000 casualties.
Gratefully received New Zealanders serving in the Wellington Regiment receive their daily tot of rum at Fleurbaix in June 1916.
Number of stamps: ten
Design: hat-trick design
Acknowledgement: images © Getty Images
Printer: International Security Printers
Format: portrait Size: 20mm x 24mm
Perforations: die-cut simulated
Phosphor: bars as appropriate
Stamp design © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2005 Pack and commemorative sheet design: Up
Words: Philip Dutton
except where indicated, all images are © Imperial War Museums; stamp sheet (first column, top to bottom) details of Q 11510, Q 13427, Q 13336, Q 13109 and E (AUS) 839; (second column, top to bottom) detail of Q 13603; nurses from the Australian Army Nursing Service (CO 3565) © Australian War Memorial; details of Q 13683, Q 959 and Q 660; (main image) detail of E (AUS) 19; backing card – William Birdwood (detail of Q 13796); Ernest Brooks photograph (detail of Q 13659); John Simpson Kirkpatrick © Chronicle/Alamy; Albert Jacka (detail of Q 114634); Victoria Cross medal (OMD 5379); the John Masefield quotation was originally printed in the foreword to Jacka’s Mob by EJ Rule (Angus & Robertson, 1933) and is reproduced courtesy of The Society of Authors as the Literary Representative of the Estate of John Masefield Printer: Zenith Print & Packaging Ltd Pack design © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2016