Royal Mail announces five-year commemorative stamp programme for First World War Centenary

19 March 2014 | Kate Clements

Royal Mail has announced that it will issue a landmark series of commemorative stamps each year from 2014 to 2018 to mark the First World War Centenary.

The set will feature 30 stamps, with six being produced each year. The first set of stamps will be issued in July this year.

The first set of stamps – available to the public at the end of July – include an excerpt from the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon; an image of a Princess Mary Gift Box, sent to servicemen for Christmas 1914; and a portrait of Private William Tickle.

Private Tickle – known as Billy – enlisted in September 1914, a month after the start of the war. He served with the 9th Battallion, Essex Regiment and was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. His photo is one of thousands donated to the Imperial War Museum shortly after the end of the war, in response to an appeal for images of those who had died.

Billy Tickle features in IWM’s Lives of the First World War project, launching this year. Find out more about his story and watch a short film explaining the project on the Lives of the First World War website.

Find out more about the commemorative stamps and see what is planned in the series on the Royal Mail website.