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Crimean stamp surprise


Today Programme14 October, 2004
The latest set of commemorative stamps to be issued held a surprise for 76 year-old Harry Powell. One of them features his great grandfather on its face.

Hear Harry Powell interviewed on the programme (14/10/04)
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Wars are a frequent theme for stamps. This US stamp marking the Gulf War was one of a series depicting major events of the 1990s.

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Sgt. William Phillips Powell, who was in the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, fought at the battles of Alma and Inkerman.  

He features on the 57p stamp pictured below. Sgt. Powell was spotted by Harry Powell's son, who recognised him from the photograph the family used to have in their house when he was a child.

However, the photograph disappeared when their house was bombed during the war.

Stamp featuring Sgt. Powell

Sgt. Powell's descendents kept up the military tradition. Harry's father fought in the First World War, and Harry Powell himself served in the RAF and fought in Thailand and Malaya.

The full set of stamps (pictured below) features six soldiers who fought in the Crimean War.

The full set of new stamps

The other soldiers featured are (clockwise from top left):

Pte. McNamara, 5th Dragoon Guards,
Piper Muir, 42nd Regiment of Foot,
Sgt. Maj. Edwards, Scots Fusilier Guards,
Sgt. Glasgow, Royal Artillery,
Sgt Maj. Poole, Royal Sappers and Miners.

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