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    An article from 2015, honoring the British hero James Carne,

    British war hero has been commemorated on a South Korean stamp.

    During the Korean War, Lt Col James Power Carne led 700 men of the Gloucestershire Regiment against more than 10,000 Chinese in the Battle of Imjin River in 1951.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-...shire-33343180

    Long live the Lionheart! Please watch this video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=jRDwlR4zbEM

    Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

    George S Patton

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    Has he even been on a British stamp?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Freebird View Post
      Has he even been on a British stamp?
      Carne ought be on a British stamp, as well as an American stamp, as well as on the stamp on any country for clearly demonstrating English strength in the face of overwhelming odds. Carne was a Lionheart of his time and folks all around the world will read of and respect Carne.
      Long live the Lionheart! Please watch this video
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=jRDwlR4zbEM

      Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

      George S Patton

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      • #4
        An obvious cue- or excuse- for the following.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiLEuklLt4o
        "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
        Samuel Johnson.

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        • #5
          Until the late 1950s the Royal Mail produced very few commemorative stamps and those that were produced usually commemorated a royal event (jubilee, wedding etc). Producing commemorative stamps in any number was regarded as something mini states like Monaco did to raise money and beneath Britain's dignity - how things have changed. However even when non royal, events began to be commemorated the rule was that the only living persons that could be could be identified on the stamp were British royalty. Even when this was relaxed towards the turn of the century the only face that could be identified was again royalty. The rule has been further relaxed since 2005 but even then conventionally only if the person shown is portraying a non living or fictional person eg the actor David Tennent playing Hamlet. Much the same applys to English bank notes you have to be the Queen or dead to get your face on one.

          Thus, whilst the stand of the Glorious Glosters was all over the news (I can remember) at the time and there are various monuments to it both here and in S Korea (where it is commemorated by a bridge) Carne would not have appeared on a British stamp (unless there was a series commemorating VC holders after he had died) Today the Korean War tends to be forgotten here, possibly because it petered out in a bloody stalemate. If it had been a glorious victory or a complete disaster it would probably be better remembered.

          BTW they were only 650 strong at the time not 700.
          Last edited by MarkV; 05 Jan 19, 11:03.
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