January 2, 1919 Trail of the Caribou Issue

In 1919 a special set of stamps were issued to commemorate the services of the Newfoundland Contingent in the World War of 1914-1918. The phrase, "Trail of the Caribou" is said to have originated with Lt. Col. Nangle, Roman Catholic Chaplain of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. The badge of the Regiment consisted of the head of a caribou over a ribbon lettered "Newfoundland". In keeping with their emblem, a design of a caribou had been selected to represent this particular issue.

Of the twelve stamps, four commemorated the work of the Naval Forces, and bore the word "Ubique", meaning everywhere. Newfoundland's sailors could literally be found everywhere on the sea, which would account for the fact that the colony lost more sailors than all other British Dominions and Colonies combined. The remaining eight stamps in this series each commemorate a specific engagement in which the Royal Newfoundland Regiment participated. Sulva Bay was at Gallipoli, while all the others were in France. Together these form a glorious record of the part played in the war by Britain's oldest colony.

1 cent green
Sulva Bay

2 cent scarlet

3 cent brown

4 cent violet
Beaumont Hamel

5 cent ultramarine

6 cent grey

8 cent magenta

10 cent dark green

12 cent orange

15 dark blue

24 cent bistre

36 cent olive green

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"This day will be remembered down the ages...it will shine forever like a star,
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~ The St. John's Evening Telegram - November 11, 1918


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