Pupil’s ‘First Class’ connection with WW1


Martha Pill, 5, who attends Exeter Cathedral School, is proud to unveil her family’s first-class connection with World War One, through a set of commemorative postage stamps.

To commemorate the signing of the Armistice treaty on 11th November 1918, Jersey Post collated historical photographs of local people who had significantly contributed to the war effort, and produced a selection of commemorative stamps entitled Armistice and Remembrance. Martha’s Great Grandfather, Corporal Robert Leonard Norman, a Despatch Rider in the Royal Engineers Signals Service, and Great, Great Aunt, Madeleine Norman, who served as a nurse, were both featured in the commemorative stamp set.

Martha, who attends Exeter Cathedral School, commented: ‘It’s fun to see pictures of my family on these stamps’. Martha was very excited to share the stamps with her classmates, giving them a chance to understand her family’s connection with Jersey in the wartime.

The collection used original wartime photographs from the Jersey Museum, La Société Jersiaise, Victoria College Book of Remembrance and from family members’ personal collections. Each photograph was carefully restored and colourised by Russian historical colourist, Olga Shirnina, known for her colouring of early soviet photography.

The set of stamps was officially unveiled by Jersey Post on 4 August 2018 and is now on sale across Jersey.