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British censor in Omsk 1919

howard - 3/9/2018 at 14:18

Regarding the 24 March 1919 cover from Quartermaster Captain Boulton of the 25th Battalion Middlesex Regt (Die-Hards) in Omsk: Has anyone seen the boxed "Postal Censor" handstamp before?

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Alep - 3/11/2018 at 11:14

Is it not a British censor in England, is it?

howard - 3/11/2018 at 16:57

It may have been applied in England. I don't know whether the English post office was censoring incoming mail from Russia after WWI ended.
Or it may have been applied in Omsk by the British forces.
I am hoping someone knows.

IvoSteijn - 3/11/2018 at 17:59

I also wonder why someone put on that purple "T". 30k was the correct rate at the time.

Alep - 3/15/2018 at 15:04

Myself, I doubt the presence of British censors in Omsk. The "T" marking on this cover is not understandable for me too.

howard - 3/15/2018 at 17:43

Remember that soldier's mail from British troops in Arkhangelsk and Murmansk was censored locally by British officers.

Alep - 3/16/2018 at 05:47

Yes, it is true. However, a considerable number of troops was quartered and a British FPOs system created in North Russia. On the other part, as far as I know, there were in Omsk almost no or a negligible quantity of British troops with a few representative acting officers.

howard - 3/28/2018 at 18:47

I found a 1918 cover from France to London with the Postal Censor mark, so it was definitely applied in London, not in Omsk.

Alep - 5/8/2018 at 13:16

Quote: Originally posted by howard  
Regarding the 24 March 1919 cover from Quartermaster Captain Boulton of the 25th Battalion Middlesex Regt (Die-Hards) in Omsk: Has anyone seen the boxed "Postal Censor" handstamp before?


I have read just that there had actually quartered that battalion in Omsk. Thus, contrary to my previous opinion, it is higly possible that this boxed censormark was applied there.