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Vidar 1940

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2001-06-081

Another cover is addressed to Copenhagen and emanates from a firm in Rossendale, Lancs. It carries the Rossendale departure mark of 23 January 1940 and a Danish arrival date 15 MRTS 1940 (MRTS being the Danish abbreviation for MARCH). In the space from which the adhesives have floated is pencilled a large capital F (presumably for Frimaerke or stamp). The wreck cachet is the same.

Both these covers are attributed to the Danish steamer Vidar, sunk by a mine ac the beginning of February, 1940.

The first British casualty due to enemy action which provided specially marked mail was actually linked up with the Postal Centenary in a way which will be described.