Orange Free State - Mike White - Worldwide Postal History. Censored and Military Mail.
| SOUTH AFRICA-HONG KONG [BOER WAR-OVS-9th GENERAL HOSPITAL] 1900(Apr 26) Orange Free State 1d Stationary card Ovptd VRI (Vertical crease) to Hong Kong General Hospital cancelled Bloemfontein d/s & with Durban/Natal [6 May] + Colombo [3 Jun] transit d/s & on rev unframed Lieut. Col. AMS/Comdg. 9th General Hospital w/int. message "Arrived 7.4.00-All going strong- No 9 is the 1000 beds in marquees-I've number 22 Officiers in mess & are a happy family- I'm been asked to take charge by war Office-what H.O. !!"
| BOER WAR [IN DIENST CAPTURED STATIONARY] 1900(Jul 7) crested In Dienst, O.V.S. Official envelope captured by Imperial troops & modified in manuscript to OHMS & countersigned by Officer of 2nd Royal Irish Rifles to Ordnance Officer, East London cancelled Smithfield/O.V.S. thimble d/s [with incorrect date slugs reading 7 Jy 19] & on rev manuscript note stating envelope was Commandiered by Imperial troops & with East London / C.G.H [9 Jul 1900] arrival d/s .....vertical creases & stained to 50% on reverse
| SOUTH AFRICA….BOER WAR CENSORED O.R.C…. 1902 (Mar 1) Plain envelope with vertical crease to Rosemead, Cape Colony bearing Orange Free State 1d overprinted V.R.I. /1d tied Zastron /O.R.C. cds & with black on white Opened Under Martial Law label tied violet triangular Passed /Press /Censor hand stamp & on reverse Rosemead (6 Mar) arrival cds
| ORANGE FREE STATE - GB...BOER WAR REGISTERED CENSORED COMBINATION... 1902 (Jun 19) Plain envelope registered to Moss side, Manchester bearing combination O.F.S. ˝d on 3d + C.O.G.H. 2 x ˝d overprinted Orange River Colony + O.F.S. 2 x 2d overprinted V.R.I. /2d tied Winburg /O.R.C. cds with R within oval & manuscript Registered No 1582 + blaqck on buff E Arms R /Opened Under Martial Law label with initials of censoring officer & date tied by triangular Passed .Press / Censor hand stamp in blue
| SOUTH AFRICA - GB…BOER WAR BURMA MOUNTED INFANTRY … 1902 (May 18) Plain envelope to Captain J.A.C. Gibbs, West Riding Regt., Goring on Thames endorsed bottom left from C. Sneid, Major, B.M.I. bearing GB QV 1d lilac tied Army Post Office /Bloemfonntein cds & with on reverse Reading (7 Jun) transit cds .....A rare item from the Burma Mounted Infantry one of the smallest & scarcest of the contingents to serve in the Boer War..
| SOUTH AFRICA - BERMUDA.…BOER WAR POW to POW on DARRELS ISLAND.… 1902 (Mar 13 ) Black edged mourning envelope to M.J. Bornman, Darrels Island from Hester J. Bornman, Tent No 19 T, POW bearing O.F.S. 1d overprinted V.R.I. /1d tied Winburg /O.R.C. thimble & with violet triangular Passed /Press /Censor with initials & 18/3/02 in the centre & with blue Pr. of War /Bermuda with below violet P.B.C & on reverse Bloemfontein /O.R.C (20 Apr) transit & Hamilton /Bermuda (26 Apr) arrival cds ...................................................................
Darrel & Burtts Island held between them only 1481 POW's.,although to ease conjestion the British transported via a series of 6 ships a total of 4619 Boer POW's to Bermuda arriving between 28 Jun 01 - 17 Jan 02. .....An interesting POW to POW item