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The British Postal Museum & Archive have produce this very informative information sheet on The Postal History of India

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Military Campaigns histories

The following books are available at the British Library

  • History of the Indian Army Postal Service by Edward B. Proud. Volume 1, 1854-1913. Volume 2, 1914-1931. Volume 3 1931-14 August 1947. British Library references UIN: BLL01006683737, UIN: BLL01005695395, UIN: BLL01006683720
A description of Volume 1 states "exceptional compilation of places, postmarks and illustrations for this highly complicated subject".[1]
History of British Army Postal Service by Edward B. Proud. Vol.1, 1882-1902. Vol.2, 1903-1927, (a sample page[2]). Vol.3 1927-1963. British Library references UIN: BLL01006808275, UIN: BLL01006682693, UIN: BLL01011181806
  • Postal History of Indian Military Campaigns: Sikkim-Tibet, 1903-1908 by D. S. Virk. Available online, refer below.
  • Postal History of Indian Military Campaigns: C.E.F. : the China Expeditionary Force, 1900-1923 by Gerald Sattin and D. S. Virk. UIN: BLL01013430218
  • The Postal History of the Army of the Black Sea : 1918 - 1923 by John Slingsby. British Library reference UIN: BLL01013055463. Includes the British and Indian occupation forces in the Balkans, Turkey, South Russia and Transcaucasia. Also covered are the Army's brief connections with Transcaspia and the North Persia Force[3]
  • Indian Army Post Offices in the Second World War by D.S. Virk. UIN: BLL01011835154
  • The postal history of the British Army in World War I - before and after, 1903 to 1929 : an illustrated reference book of British Army postmarks and their location at home and abroad during the campaigns of the war and also on manoeuvres, operations and post war occupations, with relevant historical and postal information by Alistair Kennedy and George Crabb. Published 1977. British Library reference UIN: BLL01008814550. Limited edition of 600 numbered copies.
  • A priced checklist of British army & field post offices, 1914-1919 edited by Charles R. Entwistle, published 1997. British Library reference UIN: BLL01008158685

Stephen H Smith 1891-1951

Stephen Hector Taylor-Smith, usually abbreviated to Stephen H Smith founded, during the 1920s, the Calcutta Philatelic Club and the Aero Philatelic Club of India (which changed its name to the Indian Airmail Society on 19th January 1930). Smith wrote Indian Airways, a work in three volumes detailing the first and special flights within and through India up to March 1930. In 1927, he authored a small book, The World Flyer’s Danger Zone covering the hazards of mail flights south east from Calcutta across the Bay of Bengal to Burma and Thailand.

He was a man of vision and also conducted numerous practical experiments to understand and promulgate the potential of rocket power as a mechanism for transport. Smith launched almost 300 rockets between 1934 and 1945 working mostly unfunded and primarily alone. [4]

Smith's publications are available at the British Library: Indian Airways UIN: BLL01003423426 and The World Flyer’s Danger Zone 2nd edition 1927 UIN: BLL01003423427 .

External links

Historical books online


  1. Originally from the link now no longer available History of the Indian Army Postal Service Volume 1, 1854-1913 by Edward B. Proud. Also see, archived, for sample Content pages.
  2. morrisc8. Field Post Office 57 Great War Forum 25 November 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  3. Description of The Postal History of the Army of the Black Sea : 1918 - 1923 by John Slingsby., now an archived webpage.
  4. "Stephen H Smith – India’s forgotten rocketeer" by Gurbir Singh.