Help us to uncover more about the life stories of individuals featuring in Royal Mail’s series of First World War Centenary stamps
This July, Royal Mail will be the issuing the first set of a series of stamps to commemorate the First World War Centenary. The stamps will feature portraits of many individuals whose stories you’ll be able to help us uncover through Lives of the First World War.
The first set of stamps includes a portrait photo of Billie Tickle, who features in our short film.
Billie was born in 1898 and lived in north London. By 1911 he was already claiming to be five years older than he really was. He carried on exaggerating his age and enlisted in the 9th Battalion of the Essex Regiment in September 1914, arriving in France just 11 days after his 17th birthday.
After almost a year in France, he took part in an advance in the early hours of the morning of 3 July 1916. He was initially listed as Missing in Action, but later declared Killed.
We know a few details about Billie, such as the address where he grew up in Tottenham. We also know some military details such as his regimental number (13510). With Lives of the First World War, we hope to discover more about Billie, and many more like him.
He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. His mother Eliza sent his photo to IWM, describing him as ‘One of the very best’.
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