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1945 cover CEYLON to 'LJ Cohen, Wardroom Mess, Kollupitiya'. PASSED BY CENSOR / No. 19

1945 (Jan) cover from CEYLON to 'LJ Cohen, Wardroom Mess, Kollupitiya' with boxed PASSED BY CENSOR / No. 19 h/s. From 'Lt (S) RL Cook RN'. [Jon Cohen: Linguist / cryptanalyst assigned to Colombo, Ceylon. Served in naval intelligence in the Far East from 1942-1945] Ref: 314-116.

The philosopher Jonathan Cohen was a fellow of the Queen's College Oxford and of the British Academy. He was also a polymath whose contributions across epistemology, logic, the philosophy of law, language, psychology, and science. His studies were interrupted by the second world war. Cohen trained as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and, after learning Japanese, he served in naval intelligence in the Far East from 1942-1945. Jewish Personnel at Bletchley Park in World War Two: RN Sub Lt. Laurence Jonathan Cohen was born in London in May 1923 and attended St Pauls School; he recalls he was reading Greats at Balliol in December 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and South Asia. He was suddenly asked by his College master if he would like to learn Japanese. He had no idea what it would be for until he reached Bletchley. They studied in Bedford six days a week under a WW1 Naval Intelligence officer, Oswald Tuck, formerly served as Naval attache in Tokyo. The speed of their progress embarrassed the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), who said it could never be done! Cohen later served in the listening and decoding stations in Mombassa (East Africa) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). Michael Loewe and Jonathan Cohen were soon thrown in at the deep end to the secret world of Naval Intelligence and ciphers; resplendent uniforms and naval etiquette; Admiralty communiqués and naval acronyms. They were even sent on a navy frigate patrol in the North Sea to familiarise them with naval problems.


Price: £20.00
1945 cover FRANCE to 'British Liason Staff, FS Gloire, Post Navale'

1945 (June) cover from FRANCE to 'Cadet RW Young, British Liason Staff, FS "Gloire", Post Navale'. Gloire was a French light cruiser of the La Galissonnière class. Refit at Algiers to 17 June. Ref: 308-105.


Price: £20.00
1945 cover, Telegram etc re: 'Trooper Herbert G Thompson' Reported POW

1945 cover, Telegram etc. regarding 'Trooper Herbert G Thompson, 1st. Lothian & Border Yeomanry'. Reported POW. Also letter from British Red Cross and Regimental Pay Office. Ref: 308-096.


Price: £20.00
1939 (Nov) Field Service PC 'BEF' to GB. FPO 5 p/m. Type FC 27 - No Coat of Arms

1939 (Nov) Field Service PC from 'BEF' to GB with d/r. FPO 5 p/m. Type FC 27 - No Coat of Arms. Creased. Ref: 313-065.


Price: £25.00
1939 PPC BERMUDA to USA. HAMILTON m/c. PASSED BY CENSOR 8 BERMUDA h/s.

1939 (2nd. Sept.) PPC from BERMUDA to USA with HAMILTON m/c. and s/r. PASSED BY CENSOR 8 BERMUDA h/s. NB: Adhesive damaged. Ref: 309-010.


Price: £25.00
1940 (Feb) l/s. [Free City of Danzig:] from GERMANY to Danzag.

1940 (Feb) l/s. [Free City of Danzig:] from Court Office, Danzig (now Gdansk), locally addressed, informing Catholic Church that 3 children listed in the letter are resigning from the Catholic Church. DANZAG slogan m/c. "Kauft Winterhilfswertzeichen" (Buy Winter auxiliary stamps) and boxed h/s. Frei durch ablösung reich (Free by replacing Reich) Free City of Danzig: in 1939 the Nazis abolished the Free City and incorporated the area into the newly formed Reichsgau of Danzig-West Prussia. Filing holes. Ref: 313-108.


Price: £25.00
1940 (May) Air Mail covers PALESTINE to Australia with JERUSALEM m/c. and Censor No. 79 h/s.

1940 (May) Air Mail covers from PALESTINE to Australia with JERUSALEM p/m. and Censor No. 79 h/s. From Guy Harriott, War Correspondent. NB: One adhesive damaged. Ref: 314-089.
'Guy Harriott': Recommended For Decoration CAIRO. May 30th. 1941. Magnificent reporting on Middle East and Albanian Front when he was attached to the Greek Army. [Feb 1941] In a dispatch Kenneth Slessor Official War Correspondent, describes an incident in which Guy Harriott, special war correspondent of "The Advertiser" distinguished himself in the Tepeiena- Klisura sector during the Greek campaign. Harriott was mentioned in dispatches from Greek General Headquarters. Wanting to get copy back from the line, he took messages to the artillery after three Greek runners had been killed in endeavors to deliver it. As a result, the artillery went into action and held up an Italian attack. Harriott has been recommended for a decoration by Greek Headquarters for "personal courage under fire." Awarded Greek Cross of Distinguished Merit. The writer Guy Harriott was a War Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald reporting from the Middle East & Greece area & later the far East, he survived a ship wreck after hitting a mine & sinking in 8 minutes whilst travelling from Tobruck to Alexandria. For deeds in Albania he was mentioned in dispatches, was awarded the Greek Cross of Distinguished Service, he later became the Editor of the paper & was made an OBE. He died aged 66 after a distinguished career


Price: £25.00
1940 (Sept./Dec) Air Mail covers EGYPT to Australia. 1ST BDE HQ PO M1 p/m.

1940 (Sept./Dec) Air Mail covers from EGYPT to Australia with s/r. 1ST BDE HQ PO M1 p/m. and censor No. 1233 h/s. Self censored by 'Guy Harriott'. Recommended For Decoration CAIRO. May 30th. 1941. Magnificent reporting on Middle East and Albanian Front when he was attached to the Greek Army. [Feb 1941] In a dispatch Kenneth Slessor Official War Correspondent, describes an incident in which Guy Harriott, special war correspondent of "The Advertiser" distinguished himself in the Tepeiena- Klisura sector during the Greek campaign. Harriott was mentioned in dispatches from Greek General Headquarters. Wanting to get copy back from the line, he took messages to the artillery after three Greek runners had been killed in endeavors to deliver it. As a result, the artillery went into action and held up an Italian attack. Harriott has been recommended for a decoration by Greek Headquarters for "personal courage under fire." Awarded Greek Cross of Distinguished Merit. Faults. Ref: 315-117.


Price: £25.00
1940 POW l/s. and reply part FRANCE to Germany. Front Stalag 134 to Stalag IX A

1940 (Nov) POW l/s. and reply part from FRANCE to Germany with oval Camp censor h/s. From Front Stalag 134 to Stalag IX A. [Frontstalag 134 in Saint-Brieuc , Côtes-du-Nord. Nazi Germany contained the Black and Maghreb prisoners of war of the French Army in the occupied French zone, as quickly as possible for fear of tropical diseases or damage to the "purity of Aryan blood"] Folded. Ref: 302-007.


Price: £25.00
1941 (29th. Aug) cover GIBRALTAR to GB. Naval 'By Air Mail' Postage Paid h/s

1941 (29th. Aug) cover from GIBRALTAR to GB with boxed Naval 'By Air Mail' Postage Paid h/s. - Daynes PP5a [Used 3rd Aug 41 until 5th Oct 41] Also RFHMS m/c. and tomb censor h/s. Ref: 312-135.


Price: £25.00
1941 (April) cover GIBRALTAR to GB. Naval 'Air Mail' Postage Paid h/s.

1941 (21st. April) cover from GIBRALTAR to GB with boxed Naval 'Air Mail' Postage Paid h/s. - Daynes PP5b [Used 10th. April to 7th. July] Also RFHMS m/c. and tomb censor h/s. Ref: 312-134.


Price: £25.00
1941 (April) cover GREECE to Egypt. FPO 193 p/m. censored. datestamp lost

1941 (April) cover from GREECE to Egypt with d/r. FPO 193 p/m. and censored. Datestamp lost Athens, Greece (10th. April 1941) Also CAIRO m/c. to rear 8th. April 1941. Ref: 310-077.


Price: £25.00
1941 (Jan) Air Mail cover + letter ADEN to GB. RAF censor R9/35 h/s. '203 Squadron'

1941 (Jan) Air Mail cover and letter from ADEN to GB [14 Anna RATE] with d/r. KHORMAKSAR p/m. and RAF censor R9/35 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 25/3/41 to 21/10/41] From '203 Squadron, Aden. 31st. Dec. 1940' - using Short Singapore III Flying boats. Ref: 307-074.


Price: £25.00
1941 (July) cover ADEN to 'OC UDFI, APO Nairobi' RAF censor R9/90 h/s.

1941 (31st. July) 'OHMS' cover from ADEN to 'Major T.R. Ronsford, OC UDFI, APO Nairobi' with RAF censor R9/90 h/s. [Recorded use: 23/07/41 to Oct 41] Ref: 305-075.


Price: £25.00
1941 (Nov) Air Mail Honour envelope SUDAN to India with Indian FPO 12 p/m.

1941 (Nov) Air Mail Honour envelope from SUDAN to India with circ. Indian FPO 12 p/m. and tri. censor 2873 h/s. From 'Wright' with d/r. MAZGOAN receipt p/m. to rear. Ref: 314-037.


Price: £25.00
1941 (Sept) cover MALAYA to Australia. FPO SP 501 p/m. RAF censor R8/74 h/s.

1941 (Sept) Air Mail cover from MALAYA to Australia with d/r. FPO SP 501 p/m. and RAF censor R8/74 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 6/1/41 to 22/11/41] Ref: 314-009.


Price: £25.00
1941 Air Mail cover SENEGAL to France [2F. 50c. RATE] endorsed 'FM'

1941 Air Mail cover from SENEGAL to France [2F. 50c. RATE] endorsed 'FM' with d/r. DAKAR / SENEGAL p/m. and tied CONTROLE POSTAL MILITAIRE label. Ex. Forces with Military cachet. Ref: 313-112.


Price: £25.00
1941 British Official photograph 'Action of HM Trawler Lady Shirley with German U Boat'

1941 (Sept) British Official photograph A. 5793. 'Action of HM Trawler Lady Shirley with German U Boat'. The U-boat is forced to the surface by depth charges from HMT LADY SHIRLEY. [Sank German submarine U-111 south-west of Tenerife with depth charges. Lady Shirley had one crewmember killed and several injured in the battle. Of the U-boat crew of 52, eight were killed and 44 survived. This was the first time that POWs were captured from a U-boat. Reached GIBRALTAR with 44 German survivors rescued from the sea. HMT Lady Shirley was a fishing trawler requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1940 and converted for anti-submarine warfare duties] Full typed details to rear. 150 x 100 mm. Ref: 303-070.


Price: £25.00
1941 cover ADEN to India. KHORMASKAR p/m. RAF censor R9/72 h/s. Punjab Regt.

1941 (June) cover ADEN to India with d/r. KHORMASKAR p/m. and RAF censor R9/72 h/s. [Dates Recorded: 20/5/41 to 30/6/41] Also OBC label tied by tri. PASSED BY CENSOR C 40 h/s. Punjab Regt. with the RAF? Ref: 306-075.


Price: £25.00
1941 cover and typed Bulletin No. 11 from VENEZUELA to GB. PC 90 OBE label

1941 (July) cover and 4 page typed Bulletin No. 11, dated 6th. July from VENEZUELA to GB with PC 90 OBE 5762 label. Excellent content based on Official telegrams. NB: Cover torn to rear. Ref: 310-088.


Price: £25.00