TRANSVAAL 1901 SG227 Cover 8x censored at FOUR Boer War P.O.W. camps
Stock Code: P201005454
Boer War: 1901 (19 Feb) cover from Barberton to Green Point Camp, franked with Transvaal 1900 1d rose-red and green, opt 'V.R.I.' tied by 'Barberton' cds. The cover addressed to the elusive "Mr A Gunning/ Tent no. 14 (Transvaales)/ Greenpoint, Cape Town", Censored on departure, likely at the newly established Barberton Burgher Camp, showing double lined oval "(Burgher Camp?)/ Barberton" in violet with "Censored" and initials in red manuscript at centre, sent via Pretoria (24.2), to Green Point camp (1.3) where it was censored on arrival showing the violet double circle and initials. At Green point the address crossed out in Blue crayon and redirected north to Ladysmith camp, where it was again censored, and rectangular "PASSED/ S.O.P NATAL/ CENSOR/P. of W." and triangular "PASSED/CENSOR P. OF. W." applied, from there the cover was sent to Diyatalawa Camp CEYLON, where three separate censors (F.R.N Findlay, O. Hansen and E.J. Baumann) have each applied their initialled "PASSED CENSOR P.O.W./ DIYATALAWA" oval hs in violet, alongside the usual large format "DIYATALA/ PASSED/ CENSOR" oval. Somewhere on this epic journey one censor has improvised tape from a postal document and applied it to the right hand side of the cover, handstamping his creation "On H Majesty's Service." in red (folded out for display). An extraordinary redirected cover, showing EIGHT censor marks on face, having travelled through FOUR camps and over 6,000 miles in an effort to find Mr Gunning. Very little mail has survived from Barberton Burgher camp and even fewer covers from the entire conflict can have travelled through FOUR separate P.O.W. camps. Exceptional and almost certainly unique.
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