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PRISONER OF WAR MAIL
Prisoner of War mail is concerned with combatants who have been captured by an enemy power immediately after an armed conflict. They are made POW's to isolate them from their own forces that are still in the field.
A large variety of camps were erected, including those for POW, internees, refugees, "slave" laborers, and displaced persons & includes prisoners that were housed in ships. POW and Internee mail is frequently subject to both military and civil postal censorship because it passes through both postal systems.
Prisoner's correspondence was usually handled by the Red Cross.

 

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1900 cover S. AFRICA to 'David Fourie, POW, Simonstown, Cape Cape Colony'

1900 cover from South AFRICA to 'David Fourie, POW, Simonstown, Cape Colony, via Delagoa Bay' with OPENED UNDER MARTIAL LAW label. Boer POW. Boer War. NB: Part rear missing. Ref: 292-050.


Price: £15.00
1914 cover GERMANY to 'cabin boy of S. Serak, prisoner, Queensferry' POW Camp

1914 (Nov) cover from GERMANY to 'August Shrebbus, cabin boy of S. Serak, prisoner, Queensferry, Flintshire' [closed May 1915] - POW Camp with s/r. POST FREE P.C. PRISONER OF WAR h/s. [SERAK Cargo Ship. Aug. 1914 The steamship was interned at Swansea by the UK government and taken into the F Leyland & Co Ltd, Liverpool, fleet as a prize of war] Folded. Ref: 297-002.


Price: £100.00
1914 POW cover GB to France. POST FREE 'Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth'

1914 (Dec) POW cover from GB to 'Lieutenant Colonel Francois Bellanger', France with s/r. LONDON OFFICIAL PAID p/m. and part circ. POST FREE h/s. Also s/r. P.C h/s. From 'Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth'. Ref: 289-009.


Price: £45.00
1914-18 cover GB to 'Serg. T Roudel, R.A.M. Corps' GERMANY

1914-18 cover from GB to 'Serg. T Roudel, R.A.M. Corps., British Prisoner of War' with boxed POW / INFORMATION BUREAU / BERLIN h/s. - GERMANY. Also circ. POST FREE / PC h/s. and Zurück Aufenthalt Suit nicht ermittelt h/s. Ref: 289-132.


Price: £75.00
1915 'Christmas' PPC MALTA to Egypt. FREE FROM PRISONER OF WAR MALTA h/s.

1915 'Christmas' PPC from MALTA to Egypt with oval PC / FREE FROM PRISONER OF WAR / MALTA h/s. and PORT SAID and IBRAHIMICH receipt p/m's. From 'Alphonse Pleimes, Prisoner of War, Veradala Barracks, Malta'. Ref: 286-083.


Price: £300.00
1915 cover + letter HOLLAND to Switzerland. OPENED BY CENSOR 1049 label

1915 cover and letter from HOLLAND to Switzerland with SCHEVENINGEN m/c. and OPENED BY CENSOR 1049 label. From 'The Hague'. POW. Ref: 291-016.


Price: £20.00
1915 Prisoner of War cover 'Frith Hill Camp, near Frimley, (Surrey)'

1915 Prisoner of War cover from 'Frith Hill Camp, near Frimley, (Surrey)' with s/r. LONDON OFFICIAL PAID p/m. and circ. 'P.C' censor h/s. Also oval PRISONER OF WAR / INFORMATION BUREAU h/s. Roughly opened. Ref: 293-137.


Price: £25.00
1916 cover + letter SPAIN to GB. "petitioning H.M to cause inquires to be made to Berlin"

1916 (May) cover and letter from SPAIN to GB with des prisioners de guerre h/s. [POW] mss .. "I am ordered by His Majesty the King, my August Sovereign, to answer your letter petitioning H.M to cause inquires to be made to Berlin with regard to Mr. A. Woffenden (your son") From 'De SM El Ray', Palacio Real de Madrid with red seal to rear. Ref: 297-047.


Price: £100.00
1916 PPC (Easter Eggs from Doberitz) from GERMANY to GB. censored

1916 PPC (Easter Eggs) from GERMANY to GB with LONDON PAID m/c. and Camp censor h/s. From 'Pte. Mortimer, 2nd. Suffolk Regt, Dyrotz' Camp. POW - Prisoner of War card by 'Cecil A Tooke'. Ref: 282-139.


Price: £30.00
1916 PPC ISLE of MAN. ALIEN'S DETENTION CAMP / CENSORED / KNOCKALOE, IOM

1916 illustrated PPC from the ISLE of MAN to 'Somerset' with oval ALIEN'S DETENTION CAMP / CENSORED / KNOCKALOE, IOM h/s. From 'John Dechart, Peel, IOM'. Folded. Ref: 293-089.


Price: £75.00
1916 PPC [Easter Greetings - Russian] Germany to GB. Doeberitz Camp

1916 PPC [Easter Greetings - Russian] from Germany to GB with LONDON PAID m/c. and Camp censor h/s. From 'MW Manning, Royal Naval Division. Sanitat at Rohrbeck Hospitat [Hospital] Prisoner of War in Doberitz Camp. Ref: 291-140.


Price: £50.00
1916 printed POW cover AUSTRALIA to CHINA. PASSED BY / CENSOR SD h/s.

1916 printed POW cover from AUSTRALIA to CHINA with boxed PASSED BY / CENSOR SD h/s. From 'Fritz Felbick' at Trial Bay Camp NSW with s/r. CANTON receipt p/m. to rear [Oct. 14th. 1916] Concentration Camp. Prisoner of War. Photograph available at 'trove.nla.gov.au' for Felbick Fritz - index number 4791. NB: Opens out. Ref: 283-050.


Price: £265.00
1916 ps PC BULGARIA from Residant in Occupied Territory. censored

1916 postal stationary PC from BULGARIA with s/r. NEGOTINE and PARATCHIN arrival marks. From Residant in Occupied Territory and censored in KARLOVA. Ref: 288-082.


Price: £15.00
1917 (April) PPC 'Easter Greetings' GERMANY to GB. Doberitz POW Camp.

1917 (April) PPC 'Easter Greetings' from GERMANY to GB with Camp censor h/s. and LONDON PAID m/c. From Royal West Kent Regt. Doberitz Prisoner of War Camp. Card by 'E Bell, KO Scottish Borderers'. Ref: 295-125.


Price: £30.00
1917 cover SWITZERLAND to GB. British POW interned in MURREN

1917 cover from SWITZERLAND to GB with d/r. MURREN p/m. and LONDON PAID m/c. From British POW interned in MURREN with OPENED BY CENSOR PW 178 label. Ref: 290-098.


Price: £12.00
1917 POW cover Isle of Man to Holland. tied OPENED BY CENSOR PW 167 label

1917 POW cover from Isle of Man to Holland with tied OPENED BY CENSOR PW 167 label to rear. From 'Knockaloe Camp I, Peel'. Ref: 291-028.


Price: £30.00
1917 Registered Letter S. AFRICA to Germany. HOSTILE COUNTRIES' CENSOR h/s.

1917 Registered Letter from South AFRICA to Germany with PRISONER OF WAR h/s. and boxed HOSTILE COUNTRIES' CENSOR / SALISBURY HOUSE, LONDON h/s. Also OPENED BY CENSOR label and PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. From 'Camp I, Fort Napier, P. Maritzburg'. Ref: 284-145.


Price: £100.00
1918 (Dec) POW l/s. from internee in Camp 2, Peel, IOM [Isle of Man]

1918 (Dec) Prisoner of War [POW] l/s. from 'Leopold Aron Frank' internee in Camp 2, Peel, IOM [Isle of Man] with 'G.R.' Censor label to rear. [Mark: type 17. imprint 6/17] Also weak s/r. PC h/s. Ref: 291-098.


Price: £50.00
1918 cover GERMANY to Italy. Italian prisoner in Campo Baraca

1918 cover from GERMANY to Italy with German and Italian censor h/s's. Also 'Z' censor h/s. and tied censor label to rear. From Italian prisoner in Campo Baraca. Corner worn. Ref: 292-095.


Price: £9.00
1918 PPC 'Easter Greetings from Doberitz' GERMANY to GB. Camp censor h/s

1918 PPC 'Easter Greetings from Doberitz' from GERMANY to GB with Camp censor h/s. From 'Pte A. Ord, 1st. Gordon Highrs'. Doberitz Prisoner of War Camp. Card by CAT RNVR. NB: Repaired and faults. Ref: 294-076.


Price: £9.00