Last Post

Last Post: Remembering the First World War explores the effect of the events of 1914-18 on the Post Office and its people and the contribution of postal communications to the war effort.

Before 1914 Post Office communications – through the telegraph and telephone systems as well as the post - were vital to everyday life.  The war brought many changes and the Post Office was never the same again.

In 1914 the Post Office was one of the biggest businesses in the world. It contributed to military operations on a scale never seen before, providing a vital means of communication between the fighting fronts and the home front. Tens of thousands of Post Office workers fought in the war, and over 8,500 were killed.

The exhibition has been created by The British Postal Museum & Archive in partnership with the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.

Image of The Post Office joins up

The Post Office joins up

Over 75,000 men left their jobs at the Post Office to fight in the First World War.


Image of Front line communications

Front line communications

The Post Office set up telecommunications between Headquarters and the front line.


Image of The postal service is forced to change

The postal service is forced to change

Because of the war many Post Office services were reduced, they were never the same again.


Image of The Post Office's home front

The Post Office's home front

The Post Office supported soldiers and their families - and changed the role of women in society.


Image of Delivering mail to a world at war

Delivering mail to a world at war

The Post Office was responsible for mail sent to all theatres of war.


Image of The censor's stamp

The censor's stamp

During the First World War, the Post Office was responsible for censoring post from the troops.



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