New Royal Mail Stamps

8ooth Anniversary of Magna Carta

magnacartaA special set of commemorative stamps has been issued to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.The six stamps feature text from Magna Carta, and other charters, bills and declarations that have developed the rule of law around the world.

Magna Carta was granted by King John of England on 15 June 1215, establishing that the king was subject to the law rather than being above it.A “foundation of liberty” postmark will also appear on letters this week.

First World War: Kulbir Thapa

royal mail gurkha stampsThe stamps include an excerpt from the poem ‘All the Hills and Vales Along, a portrait of Rifleman Kulbir Thapa, the first Nepalese Gurkha to win the Victoria Cross, and an image of the London Irish Rifles Football from the Battle of Loos.

Rifleman Kulbir Thaa was serving in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, when his unit attacked German lines on 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. Though wounded and separated from his battalion, he was able to reach the German front line. Finding an injured British soldier nearby, Kulbir stayed with him all day and night, before carrying him to safety the next morning. Despite his injuries, he then returned to the German trenches and rescued two fellow Gurkhas. For these selfless acts of heroism, Kulbir became the first Nepalese Gurkha to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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