Dead Letter Office and South Africa - Mike White - Worldwide Postal History. Censored and Military Mail.
| BOER WAR-INDIA [INDIAN CONTINGENT] 1902(Nov 1) Heynes, Mathew & Co./Wholesale Chemists printed envelope bearing C.O.G.H. 1d tied Cape Town d/s to Lieut 2nd Gordon Highlanders SAFF & forwarded to Sailkok India with manuxcript "Not in Sailkot" & returned to S.Africa with Undelivered for Reason Stated / Return to Sender at / Address Shown on Cover / From R.L.O., Cape Town h/s in violet & on reverse many datestamps in an attempt to trace & incuding Returned L.O. / Cape Town in violet & D.L.O. Bombay/ 27 Fe 03 h/s in black
| INDIA-SOUTH AFRICA [INDIAN CONTINGENT BOER WAR] 1902(Sep 9) incoming envelope bearing India 1a tied Poona d/s to Lieut 1st Bombay Lancers & forwarded to 17 Bn. Impl. Yeomanry, much re-directed & with many manuscript annotations including Indian Details Elandsfontein, Stellenbosch on reverse many many date stamps in an effort to deliver the letter.
| GB - INDIA..BOER WAR INDIAN CONTINGENT MAIL FOUND OPEN & DAMAGED... 1901 (Feb 3) Plain envelope to 5754 Gunner Lamacroft, Royal garrison Artillery, Bombay or elsewhere with many manuscript annotations in search of him & with six sided T/10 tax , circular Overland Postage /Due /A /2 hand stamps without evidence of collected tax & on back Devlali Camp (3 Mar) + Nasik (15 Mar) cds + boxed Received Open and Torn /Manager DLO Bombay + boxed D.L.O. /Bombay (16 Mar) hand stamps bearing GB 1d lilac tied indistinct cds ..............From other correspondence it is known that Gunner Lamacroft left South Africa & arrived India on Troopship SS "Assaye"
| SOUTH AFRICA - GERMANY..WW1 UNDELIVERABLE WAR… 1914 (Jul 16) Sidersky & Stevens, Jewellers, Johannesburg printed envelope with 45mm repaired vertical tear to Leipzig bearing 2d & ˝d tied Johannesburg roller cancel & with blue unframed bi-lingual Undeliverable War + violet Undelivered For reason Stated / Return to Sender at /Address Shown on Cover /From R.L.O., Cape Town & on reverse blue Returned L .O. /Cape Town (30 Sep) cds & violet oval Censor /5 Oct 1914 /Johannesburg .... ......Attractive item
| SOUTH AFRICA..BOER WAR NURSES MAIL GONE - NO ADDRESS... 1901(Nov 2) Plain envelope to Miss Calverley, Army Nursing Sister c/o PMO Pretoria bearing C.O.G.H. 1d tied unclear cds & with red ink "To England via SS Orcano 24/7/01 & with violet unframed "Not At Schools" & red boxed "Gone- No Address & black triangular Passed Press Censor/Pretoria & on reverse unframed ARMY POS/P.O.C. with blue crayon initials inserted + partial Army Post Office /Capetown (6 Nov) + Pretoria/1 (6 Nov) + rare single ring Army Base /P.O.Capetown (15 Nov) + red Returned Letter Office/Capetown (2 Dec) cds.....Very attractive & scarce item
| BOER WAR...TRANSVAAL DOUBLE CENSORED & STOPPED BY THE CENSOR... 1899 (Oct 16) Plain envelope together with letter to Stellenbosch from father to son bearing Transvaal 1d tied Johannesburg cds & with black on white Boer label [Type 2] & VR Arms/Opened Under Martial Law label + boxed Stopped By The Censor /Return to Sender hand stamp & Returned Letter Office /Natal cds
| NETHERLANDS - SOUTH AFRICA …BOER WAR STOPPED BY CENSOR 1900 (Feb 15) Plain envelope trimmed to right side to Lourenco Marques , Transvaal with blue crayon deleting Transvaal bearing 12˝c tied unclear Keesp ? (15 Feb) cds & with on back Durban /Natal (13 Mar) cds covered by black on pink V Arms R /Opened Under Martial Law label & with on face violet framed Stopped By Censor/Return to Sender with alongside Returned Letter Office /Natal (21 Mar) cds & apparently readdressed with on reverse Amsterdam - Antwerpen (22 Apr) transit cds & Lourenco Marques (23 Jun) cds with blue crayon Interart ? .........Very odd & needs some research |
| SOUTH AFRICA - RUSSIA …WW1 RETURNED TO SENDER… 1915 (Jul 16) Plain envelope to St. Petersburg bearing pair 1d & single ˝d tied Willowvale cds & with London (27 Sep) transit black framed Inconnu + Retour + blue Return to Sender to /Address shown on Cover /From R.L.O. Cape Town + violet Undelivered for Reason Stated /Return to Sender + 13 within circle hand stamps & on reverse 6 Russian date stamps attempting to deliver + Circular Returned L.O. /Cape Town (21 Oct) cds.
| SOUTH AFRICA …POST WW2 INSUFFICIENT ADDRRESS & RETURNED ... 1946 (Jan 19) Plain envelope to H. Lategan, c/o A. Post Office, Durban endorsed Please Forward bearing Victory Peace 2d tied Moselbaai machine datestamp & with blue crayon APO deleted & Address Insufficient with on reverse APO - U - MPK /1 (8 Feb), violet framed APO 1 Return /Undeliverable handstamp & Returned L.O. /Cape town (12 Feb) cds.
APO 1 located Pine Street, Durban & with 8 Feb 46 being Prouds latest recorded date