Stamp of ap­proval for lat­est speaker

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Scot­tish war memo­ri­als was the in­ter­est­ing topic of dis­cus­sion at the La­nark­shire Philatelic So­ci­ety’s lat­est meet­ing.

The stamp col­lec­tion club’s own Elsie Miller gave a talk and ex­plained how, at the be­gin­ning of the First World War, bod­ies of the fallen were “brought back to this coun­try and laid out in the depths of Cen­tral Sta­tion”, where rel­a­tives came to iden­tify and re­move them.

How­ever, Elsie went on to ex­plain that, when the numbers of the fallen rose dra­mat­i­cally, this prac­tice was stopped and no bod­ies were per­mit­ted to be brought home.

This left rel­a­tives at home in deep grief – and the thus the build­ing of war memo­ri­als be­came the fo­cal point of the re­mem­brance of those who lost their lives at war.

The group then dis­cussed how many post­cards il­lus­trated the dif­fer­ent styles of memo­ri­als, with many sculp­tures of sol­diers and sailors, and var­i­ous styles of dec­o­ra­tion.

The so­ci­ety will hold its next gath­er­ing this Fri­day, at 7.30pm in the Cale­do­nian Bowl­ing Club, Hamil­ton.

Guest speaker Alan Blake­ley will present his Tem­per­ance and Mar­itime Prov­inces col­lec­tion for mem­bers and guests to take a look at.

Any­one with an in­ter­est in stamps is wel­come to at­tend the event; visit www. la­nark­shireps.co.uk/ to find out more de­tails.

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