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New stamps mark civilian role in First World War

The new set of stamps is being published to mark the events of the the First World Wa Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire

A new set of stamps is being published to mark the events of the the First World War - including the important role civilians played.

The six stamps mark the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, while munitions worker Charlotte Meade is pictured in her overalls.

At least 120 men from the North East perished during the Battle of the Jutland, including the three Malcolm brothers from Stockton-on-Tees.

Charles Malcolm, aged 22, John Robert Malcolm, aged 25, and Joseph Malcolm, aged 29, all died onboard the HMS Queen Mary when it was destroyed.

Minister for First World War commemorations David Evennett said: "The Royal Mail stamps are a poignant tribute to the many lives lost and affected by the First World War.

"The Battle of the Somme and Jutland commemorations are important milestones in the First World War centenary and I hope that these stamps encourage people to remember and learn more about the pivotal events of 1916."

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail, said: "A century ago our armed forces were making the ultimate sacrifice on land and at sea, and non-combatants were making an extraordinary contribution overseas and on the home front. Our stamp issue pays tribute to all."

The stamps are the third set of a five-year commemorative programme.

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