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World War One: Manx stamps mark outbreak centenary

World War One
Image caption Each of the stamps shows an original black and white image with the Royal British Legion's red poppy

A set stamps to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One has been released by the Manx Post Office.

The stamps, a collaboration between Isle of Man Stamps and Coins and the Royal British Legion, depict life in the trenches.

The sheet is part of a four-year series that runs until 2017.

Col Charles Wilson, from the Royal British Legion, said: "The stamps are moving and really represent the scenes of trench warfare."

He added: "The images depict the squalor and something of the humour of the British soldier... and the images of the animals which played such a vital part.

"The poppy links the war with the current work of the Royal British Legion."

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Image caption Col Charles Wilson says the stamps represent the realities of trench warfare

Each of the stamps shows an original black and white image with the Royal British Legion's red poppy.

Director of Manx National Heritage Edmund Southworth said: "Official records show that 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age.

"Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded."

The Isle of Man also ran camps for the internment of some 25,000 enemy aliens during the war.

A spokeswoman for Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said it was a "very special collection of stamps remembering the people who lived through the war to end all wars".

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