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Centenary of the Battle of the somme “W” stamp

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The Battle of the Somme took place near the Somme River in France and lasted from 1 July to 18 November, 1916. The Allies had hoped that the Somme offensive would be a major victory that would bring the carnage of the First World War to an end, but by the time it ended, more than one million soldiers from both sides
had died including thousands of Irish soldiers.

It is difficult to calculate exactly how many Irish soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme as many men had joined differernt regiments, but what is known is that when they went “over the top”, their deaths affected communities in every part of Ireland.

The stamp was designed by Dublin designers Red&Grey Design and it features an image of the Royal Irish Rifles from the Imperial War Museum.

Technical details

Date of Issue: June 23, 2016
Value & Quantity: W rate =
Design: Red&Grey Design
Stamp Size: 44mm x 38mm
Colour: Single colour with
phosphor tagging
Paper: TR PVA Gum 102 gsm
Make-up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Price: €1.35 


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