The BPMA may not seem to be an obvious place to look for records about wartime, but the postal service was often an integral part of this country's response to conflicts.
There are some specific groups of records in the archive concerning wartime history, for example:
- POST 56 Post Office: War and Civil Emergencies 1859-1969
- POST 47 Post Office: Army Postal History 1888-1975
Other more general archive classes on the day-to-day running of postal services may also include information on wartime.
The effect of the First and Second World Wars was much more widespread than previous wars. Like any public industry, postal services were severely affected. As a result, both wars are mentioned in different contexts throughout our archive. Search for particular topics that interest you in our online catalogue.
Examples from our Collection
Here are some examples of wartime history records from our collections:
Postal arrangements were described as "unsatisfactory".
The first page of a folder on the history of the Post Office Rifles, who were created in 1868.
A challenge for the Post Office was tackling wartime labour shortages.