The events of Gallipoli campaign remembered by Australian stamp issue

April 22nd, 2015 hurries to inform that Albert Jacka VC (Australia's first WWI VC recipient), alongside four key phases of the Gallipoli campaign (the landing, the Turkish counter attack, the British offensive and the withdrawal) were remembered by Australia Post on the 14th of April. The issue consists of five stamps that are already available for purchasing.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt, said the stamp issue was the second in a five-year series, relaying the chronological order of our nation's involvement in the First World War.

"The Gallipoli Campaign is such an iconic battle in our nation's history. Remembering the inspirational service of men and women who served and revisiting their heroic stories is part of annual commemorations on Anzac Day", said Mr Zsolt.

"It's a real honour to present this stamp issue as we join the rest of Australia to commemorate the Anzac centenary".
As Australians around the country commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli Landings, the day will be significant for generations of the Jacka family. They will remember the sacrifices made by their VC ancestor, and share his story as part of the commemorative Gallipoli centenary stamp issue.

Albert Jacka's great great-nephew, former Warrant Officer Class 2, Paul Jacka, who retired from the Army after 21 years of service, said the heroic stories of his ancestor in receiving the highest honour bestowed for acts of valour had stayed with him during his time in the armed forces.

"Albert's selfless act of bravery on the battlefield helped save many lives, and although the battle was ultimately unsuccessful, we owe so much to soldiers like Albert and the thousands who fought and died", said Mr Jacka.
LCPL Jacka's stamp depicts him in uniform as part of Australia's 14th Battalion. In May 1915, LCPL Jacka VC was integral to the success of recapturing a trench at 'Courtney's Post', which had been taken by seven Turkish soldiers, five of whom he killed and two of whom he wounded. For his actions and bravery throughout the campaign, he was awarded Australia's first Victoria Cross of WWI. He survived the war and later died in Melbourne in 1932, aged 39.

Designed by Janet Boschen of Melbourne-based Boschen Design, the five domestic base rate (70c) stamps include:

The Landing: Depicting Australian troops landing on the beaches of Gallipoli in the early hours of the morning on 25 April 1915.

LCPL Albert Jacka VC: Australia's first Victoria Cross recipient and part of the Australian Imperial Force, World War I.

Lone Pine: Australian troops of the 1st Brigade shown in Turkish trenches seized during fighting at Lone Pine.

The events of Gallipoli campaign remembered by Australian stamp issue