New Zealand Post continues to remember and honour those who served the First World War with its third addition to the their stamp and coin programme, titled 1916 Courage & Commitment.
New Zealand Post continues to remember and honour those who served in the First World War with five-year commemorative stamp and coin programme. The third addition to the programme is titled 1916 Courage & Commitment and looks at New Zealand's contribution to the First World War in 1916. The 2014 stamps featured West Coast solider Melville Mirfin, and the 2015 stamps told the story of decorated war nurse Evelyn Brooke.
The ten commemorative stamps to be released on 6 April 2016 look at the effects of war both at home and abroad, including the work of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company on the Arras Tunnels and the start of military conscription in New Zealand in August 1916.
“The reality of the war set in at Gallipoli, and by 1916, few New Zealanders had been left unscathed,” said Simon Allison, Head of Stamps and Coins at New Zealand Post. “Unfortunately Gallipoli was only the beginning of our darkest period of the war.”
“As the conflict shifted to the Western Front, the predecessor to New Zealand Post – Post and Telegraph – played a key role in delivering wartime communications both home and abroad, and was the bearer of sad news for many. One hundred years on, New Zealand Post is paying tribute to those who served and to those who lost their lives in the First World War.”
“The soldier featured in this year’s stamp issue is Solomon Isaacs who showed incredible courage and commitment hundreds of miles away from home,” says Simon Allison. “He was just one of the many Pacific Islanders who left their families and homes to serve in the First World War.”
Solomon Isaacs left his life in New Zealand and his family in the Cook Islands behind to serve in the First World War. He was just one of the many Pacific Islanders to volunteer for service in the Pioneer Battalion, and to experience the realities and difficulties of war first-hand. His story is told in a special commemorative booklet, which contains further information about the war as well as 12 unique miniature stamp sheets.
The issue is available for purchase from 6 April 2016 at all New Zealand PostShops. Pre-orders are available online at nzpost.co.nz/ww1