Unfranked cover to “Poste Restante” counter at Athens Central PO, Greece from a Greek soldier of the 5th Infantry Regiment operating in the Aydin region (31/7-30/9/19), Turkey under Greek administration since May 1919. For sender’s details (in English), his ms signature appears on reverse: ‘‘Warrior 5th Reg, 908” [Postal Sector 908].
Inspected prior despatch to Greece; Unit officer's "Λογοκρισία / Επιτελ. Ι Τάγματος / 5ου Πεζ. Συντ/τος" [1st Battalion Staff Censorship / 5th Regiment] manuscript censure certification on reverse.
Postmarked for despatch with “ΣΤΡΑΤ. ΤΑΧΥΔΡΟΜΕΙΑ Τ.Τ. 908 24 ΣΕΠ. 19” military date-stamp [(Greek) Army Post Office 908, 24 September 1919].
[Addressee, Miss Georgia Despotopoulou, is known along with her two sisters Nefeli and Ioanna for having kept correspondence with Greek enlisted men in all fronts from 1912 (Balkan Wars) to 1923 (shortly after the expedition to Turkey).
The large handwritten pencil number on cover for addressee’s incoming serial number, usually placed on each new letter received and filed, is not shown here.]
Backstamped with military s.l. “ΑΘΗΝΑΙ ΚΕΝΤΡ. ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΟΝ 28 ΣΕΠ. 19” [Athens Central Military PO, 28 September 1919] on arrival in Athens, and entered the Greek civil postal stream, receiving the 10-line wavy mc ΑΘΗΝΑΙ 28.ΣΕΠ.19 ΚΕΝΤΡΙΚΟΝ [Athens civil Central PO, 28 September 1919].
Stamped also with s.l. “ΑΘΗΝΑΙ 29.ΣΕΠ.22. (ΑΦΙΞΙΣ)” [Athens Arrival, 29 September 1919], presumably on delivery to its “Poste Restante” counter.
All dates in Julian calendar.
Item condition: Very good; see scans.
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