Postcard to Derry 1915

I bought this postcard for £1 at a market stall in Belfast on 27th March 2015.

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Several interesting features. It is a postcard published by Bamforth of England. The religious imagery is striking. A grieving woman, a church, a graveyard and angels. The hymn “Nearer My God To Thee” is associated with the Titanic, which sank in 1912. The card was posted on 1st July 1915, during the First World War…a time of grief.

It was posted in Buncrana, County Donegal to Derry (or “Londonderry” as written on the card) which is about twelve miles away. Buncrana is a small seaside town and Derry is a large city.

I can speculate that this was sent during a Church picnic trip.

The stamp is British. The postmark is in English. In 1915, Ireland was part of the “United Kingdom”. In 1916, the Easter Rising would occur in Dublin and begin a series of events which would end in 1922, with the partition of Ireland. County Donegal would be in the Irish Free State (later Republic of Ireland) and County Derry would be still be in the “United Kingdom”.

After 1922, Irish stamps would be used in the Free State. Postmarks would be in Irish (Gaeilge).




About John

Dia Duit! Hello. My name is John. I am retired. I live in Ireland. I am on a five year mission to visit every city, town, village and place of historic and scenic interest in Ireland.
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