South Africa

Ref: G4059
  • £125.00

1941 stampless cover with two WAR TRAIN P. O. 25 III 1941 dispatch cancels. On this date the train was in ERMILO. Although addressed to Claremont, the cover should have been taken off the train on April 18th in Cape Town, but apparently stayed on the train. A violet 1st (Inf) Battalion, Railways and Harbours Brigade 1-5-1941 cachet and a WAR TRAIN P. O. 1 V 1941 datestamp are also on the front of the cover. This was applied when the train was in either Christiana or Klerksdorp on that date. A travelling exhibition of South Africa's war effort, the War Train stopped at 38 towns between Cape Town in the south to Messina in the far north showing the fighting material and War supplies being produced by the Union. The War Train journey started in Johannesburg on March 22nd. Uncommon.