The Royal Mail has released a set of stamps to mark the centenary of the First World War. One of the stamps features the image of a Bible that saved the life of a World War I soldier.
Private Lemuel Thomas Rees’ life-saving Bible was specially photographed for the stamp. In 1917, Lemuel Rees was conscripted into the 6th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. During the Battle of Passchendaele, an exploding German shell landed close by, and although Rees was hit, he was saved by the small Bible that he kept in his breast pocket.
After spending four months in a field hospital, he was sent home on leave where he suffered terrible nightmares, reliving the horrors of trench warfare.
Following his return to the Western Front, Rees was wounded in a gas attack. He died from bronchial pneumonia and the effects of the gas on 13th November 1918, only two days after the Armistice was signed.
The Royal Mail, Life Saving stamp went on sale 31st July 2017 from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK.