Malta Post commemorates First World War centenary with a new series of stamps

November 7th, 2014 is glad to inform that MaltaPost is to issue a set of 3 stamps depicting military hospitals that were instrumental in saving the lives of tens of thousands of sick and wounded that were brought to and cared for in Malta during World War I. The philatelic release will be put into circulation on the 7th of November.

\During that war a total of 27 hospitals and camps were set-up across Malta and Gozo so as to accommodate thousands of wounded Allied servicemen. The first group of 600 casualties arrived from Gallipoli on 4th May 1915. Initially, numerous wounded men were disembarked on the quayside by Valletta's ancient Sacra Infermeria hospital. They were then moved on to other hospitals around the Island. This activity earned Malta the title: 'Nurse of the Mediterranean'.

The stamps carry a face value of €0.10 and €0.59 and €2.00 and portray the images of Bighi Hospital, Floriana Hospital and HMHS Rewa respectively. The stamps have been designed by Paul Psaila and will be issued in sheets of 10 stamps.