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British Air Mail Service centenary covers

To mark the centenary of the first International British Air Mail Service, The British Forces Philatelic Service (BFPS) has published a commemorative cover featuring the original oil painting “First Air Mail” by Terence Cuneo.

An international British Air Mail Service was first proposed in July 1917. Following trials jointly carried out by the RAF and the Royal Engineers (Postal Section), a regular air mail service was set up and began to operate between Folkestone and Cologne on 1 Mar 1919. Its purpose was to provide troops of the British Army stationed in Germany with a fast mail service.

A 1st class stamp ‘Sopwith Camel F1′ has been cancelled by the specially issued BFPS 3221 handstamp. As well as the standard cover, there are three signed limited editions available, all of which will help raise funds for The RLC Benevolent Fund.

These limited editions are signed by: Colonel AD Moffat OBE – Head, British Forces Post Office, Wing Commander Tim Brookes BA (Hons) MA RAF – Officer Commanding 18 (Bomber Squadron) (a descendant of one of the original squadrons participating in the airmail service) and Jacqueline Pearce-Gervis, Daughter of Flight Lieutenant Leslie Pearce – 120 Squadron RAF.

Lt Pearce was one of the original pilots who took part in the air mail service and it’s suggested he’s also the pilot in the painting shown on the cover.

The covers have an A4 information insert and are presented in a protective cellophane slip. Costing just £7.50 for a standard version and £12 for the signed limited edition, they can be ordered from the BFPS online shop (www.bfps.org.uk/shop) or by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, LEVEN, KY9 1AX.

The BFPS fundraises for Service charities through philately and is a not-for-profit organisation run by a small team of volunteers, both of whom are veterans.

BFPS is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) working closely with the British Forces Post Office (BFPO).

The Royal Logistic Corps

Royal Logistic Corps Tartan from The Ministry of Tartan.co.uk

The unique British-made range of RLC Tartan is officially registered and has been approved by The RLC. It incorporates the dark blue, gold and scarlet of the Corps’ stable belt and black represents respect for all fallen RLC comrades.

As official MOD Licensees, for every product sold connected to any of the Services, The Ministry of Tartan gives a percentage to the relevant Benevolent Fund.

RLC tartan scarves and other items are available to order online from The Ministry of Tartan website: www.theministryoftartan.co.uk
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A/LCPL Kwarteng and A/LCPL Kwame-Tanoh of 64 Squadron, 6 Regiment RLC, who have been attached to BATUK for the past four weeks, have paid a visit to the Hope & Home Orphanage in Nanyuki, Kenya where they made food donations to the Charity.

The two soldiers decided to raise funds from friends and family in the UK via Facebook, raising a total of £150 (KSH 22,000.00) which was used to purchase much needed supplies for the orphans.

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