Basutoland 1881


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Stampless Cover (missing back flap) endorsed “On Service”, with arrival postmarks of Rosebank and Cape Town, endorsed by the Adjutant of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles (D.E.O.V.R.) – the oldest Cape infantry unit, of which 298 of all ranks served during the Gun War in Basutoland. The Pillans correspondence is known from this Campaign. Interestingly, the cover delivered free of postage.