The Larner Collection - Royal Engineers First Day Covers

The Larner Collection

This Collection belonged to Nick Larner and is dedicated to his wife Marilyn.

When you look at Nick’s upbringing and career it was fated that he would become a Forces Cover collector.

His dad joined the Welsh Guards as a 15 year old drummer boy and retired 43 years later as a Lt Col in the Royal Signals. His postings were varied and often overseas. Nick would have followed him around some ofthose postings as a lad. When his dad served overseas Nick became a school border.

In September 1968 Nick joined the Army himself and settled for a career with the Army Catering Corps. His first posting was at Mill Hill, the home of the Forces Postal Service, where he met his wife and from that time on the collecting clock was ticking. Whilst he was at Mill Hill Nick showed no signs of the collecting bug. However whilst he was stationed with the 1 Battalion Kings Own Borderer’s at Inverness his wife bought him a set of Decimal First Day Covers for his birthday. It was at this time that Nick realised that there were Forces covers issued to mark Military occasions and events. That was it, the collecting bug bit him. He tells me that from that time on he started to collect every cover that related to him personally as well as any covers franked with the BFPS 1000 special handstamp. Nick left the Army in 1979 but continued collecting Forces covers. Even now his still collects those covers that are personally relevant. This is a great collection that contains a great wealth of Military history with many of the covers being double stamped and franked. This is a work in progress and will ongoing for a long time.


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