1899 HOSPITALISED BUT TRACED: Exceptional cover from Exeter, England franked QV 2 x ½d superbly tied by the departure Duplex Canceller No 17, addressed to "R. J. Milne / 2nd Lieutn: 2/ Devon Reg / Field Force / South Africa". The manuscript endorsements and postmarks record the amazing effort by the military and Post Office Officials to find the wounded Lieutenant and effect delivery of the letter. The address panel was changed to include "Wynberg" and "P.M.Burg" (both unsuccessful and deleted). The cover front shows instructions "Hospital Ship / Durban" and again "Try Hospital Ship / Durban" (both deleted) and "Claremont Sanitarium" with postmarks of Wynberg JA 4 and Pietermartizburg DE 21. Backstamped Pietermaritzburg DE 23, Point DEC 22 & DEC 29 (the sub-post office in Durban harbour), Durban 29 DE, Cape Town JA 3, Wynberg JA 3 & JA 4 & DELIVERY CLAREMONT JA 4. VF, attractive and wonderful.
This letter was delivered to the wounded Lieutenant JA 4 1900 and we have on offer the cover replying to Col. B. A. Milne, the serviceman's father, from the CLAREMONT MEDICAL AND SURGICAL SANITARIUM dated 9 JAN. Wonderful twosome and together a fascinating page in a Boer War collection.
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