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Royal Mail’s dedicated battalion, The Post Office Rifles

Royal Mail’s own battalion, the 8th Battalion, The London Regiment (The Post Office Rifles), existed in various forms from 1867. It was originally created to protect Royal Mail buildings from attack during war and was made up almost entirely of Royal Mail staff.

In total, 12,000 postal workers served in the regiment throughout the First World War. Sign up was so quick that a month after the First World War broke out a second battalion was created and a third was formed before the war was over.

During the war the Post Office Rifles won 145 awards for gallantry (including one of four Victoria Crosses awarded to former postal workers). Of 12,000 members 1,800 were killed and over 4,500 wounded.