Standard Printing & Song Backs

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Note that on the WLS-E09 Type II front, that Orange Free State and Transvaal have been added to the standard Type I cover.
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A blank back, the Type E-1 variation
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A standard, unused copy of WLS-E09 Type II with Song Back 13, Soldiers of the Queen, variation Type E-2.
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WLS-E09 Type II with Song Back 14, Pass the Hat for Your Credit’s Sake, and Pay—Pay—Pay!, variation Type E-3.
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A standard, unused copy of WLS-E09 Type II with Song Back 15, When Jonny Canuck Comes Home, variation Type E-4.

Canadian and Overseas Uses

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Above, J.C. Wilson’s Soldiers of the Queen Type II Patriotic Envelope E-2 postmarked with a Niagara Falls South split ring cancel dated January 28, 1901 to Port Dover PO, Ontario. Below, song back 13 with a January 29, 1901 Port Dover CDS cancel. Queen Elizabeth died on January 22, 1901, so the sender has struck through the word Queen and replaced it with King.
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An example of a WLS-09 Soldiers of the Queen Type II cover, with four ½¢ QV Numeral stamp, with a July 20, 1900 Shubenacadie NS CDS postmark, mailed to St. Roche de Quebec.
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An example of a WLS-09 Type I Soldiers of the Queen cover, Type E-2, with a 2¢ QV Numeral stamp, cancelled with a Montreal Flag postmark dated May 2, 1900, mailed to Texas, USA.
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An example of a WLS-09 Type I Soldiers of the Queen cover, with a four ½¢ QV Numeral stamps, cancelled with a Toronto P. Depot postmark dated August 27, 1900, mailed to Manchester, England.
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An example of a WLS-09 Type II Soldiers of the Queen cover has been postally used from Montreal to H. Bettelheim, opposite Sheppards Hotel, Cairo, Egypt. This is a rare destination for a J.C. Wilson cover. The cover comes from the Flag Cancellation Collection of the late Larry Paige.

The cover bears two ½¢ QV Leaf stamps and a pair of 2¢ Jubilee stamps, cancelled with a Montreal Flag cancellation dated November 12, 1900. The cover has a song back no. 14, with the patriotic song “Pass the Hat for Your Credit’s Sake, and Pay—Pay—Pay!”, designated by Henry Gates as variety E-3. The reverse of the cover shows a receiving cancellation from Cairo dated November 27, 1900.
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Boer War Use

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This J.C. Wilson patriotic Soldiers of the Queen Type II E-4 variety (with song back No. 15) cover was postally used from Victoria BC on June 23, 1900 to Sdler. Sergt. W. Carter, 5th Dragoon Guard, Natal Field Force, South Africa. It has been franked with a 2¢ Map stamp. There is no indication that Sgt. Carter was a Canadian, as he served in a British regiment during the Boer War, however he was known to the resident of Victoria who sent him the correspondence once contained in this cover, which, like most mail to soldiers during the Boer War, was folded and carried in the soldier’s kit for the balance of the war.

The cover previously sold in the December 2007 Longley Auction for $862, and was most recently part of the Hugh Westgate 1898 Map Stamp Collection.

In his write up of this cover in his Map Stamp Collection, Westgate described the cover thusly: “This cover to Natal, a participating colony, is 1 of 2 known covers and probably the only one used for postal purposes. The other cover was a Latchford Cover mailed December 25, 1898 in a general mailing by Canadian PM Latchford.”

Saddler Sergeant W. Carter, regimental no. 4607, the recipient of this cover, was a member of the 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards. According to, “The regiment arrived in Natal from India before the war broke out.” The 5th Dragoon Guards, under Colonel Baden-Powell, were part of the force that was beseiged at Ladysmith. “The Siege of Ladysmith was a protracted engagement in the Second Boer War, taking place between 30 October 1899 and 28 February 1900 at Ladysmith, Natal”, a total of 118 days.

From the same regiment, Second Lieutenant John Norwood of the 5th Dragoon Guards was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts on October 30th, 1899, when he “went out from Ladysmith in charge of a small patrol of the 5th Dragoon Guards. They came under a heavy fire from the enemy, who were posted on a ridge in great force. The patrol, which had arrived within about 600 yards of the ridge, then retired at full speed. One man dropped, and Second Lieut. Norwood galloped back about 300 yards through heavy fire, dismounted, and picking up the fallen trooper, carried him out of fire on his back, at the same time leading his horse with one hand. The enemy kept up an incessant fire during the whole time that Second Lieutenant Norwood was carrying the man until he was quite out of range." Three other VCs were awarded at Ladysmith on 6 January 1900, Herman Albrecht and Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones (who both died), and James Edward Ignatius Masterson.

Below, the reverse of the cover.
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