A set of six Special Stamps will be issued to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

  • Royal Mail issues the fifth and final set of stamps in the series
  • Included in the set is an image of 100 Poppies –  to mark the centenary of the end of the war, Zafer and Barbara Baran photographed one hundred poppy flowers, layering the images together to create the striking image
  • ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, is a poem in which British Army officer and poet, Wilfred Owen, mourns the waste of young lives cut short by wailing shells and the rattle of rifle fire. Owen was killed in action just one week before Armistice Day
  • Also featured is Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, the first mixed-race Army officer to command troops in a regular unit. Before joining the Army, Walter played professional football for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town – making him the first mixed-race outfield player to play professional football
  • A 1918 painting by Paul Nash, entitled We are making a New World, is also included. Titled with bitter irony, Nash depicts a bleak and hopeless sunrise over a copse of shattered trees
  • The Grave of the Unknown Warrior, buried at Westminster Abbey is also included
  • Completing the set is an image of RAF pilot Lieutenant Francis Hopgood’s goggles. The goggles are fitted with custom prescription lenses in Triplex safety glass, which survived his crash-landing without breaking into pieces.

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