The Postal Service, AN APPRECIATION
Island Post 26th May 1972
On this island of GAN the MOST IMPORTANT
item is MAIL. This is the highest morale booster of
all, and the
frequency of collection and delivery determines the
attitude of all- for a better word, the inmates. Therefore
of the massive task that is tackled by one of the
most smallest and responsible sections is not amiss.
Since the quantity of mail is dependant on the number
of aircraft, ship movements, and complement of Gan,
just a few
figures will suffice for enlightenment with the size
of that task.
During March 1972 we had 120 aircraft landings and
10 ships calling. These brought in 12,360lbs of mail
outgoing mail amounted to 4,734 lbs. A representative
of the Postal Services must meet each of these movements.
Mail requiring the strictest security must be escorted
at all times, until it reaches the addressee. Due
to the difference in
time here, more then half of these movements are within
the night hours.
When finally the incoming mail is safe in the Post
Office - it requires sorting out - no mean task this,
and then we hear
the familiar and welcome "Mai1 Call" over
the PA system.
Collection of outgoing mail, at times to meet the
diverse flights, is just as colossal. Once again requiring
sorting out into
Countries, and within the UK, into postal areas. Each
batch being separately bound, labelled, and with a
certificate signed to indicate date of collection.
Add to all previous we have NAAFI stores, Royal Navy
and Merchant Ships mail, Pakistani, Ceylonese and
post. (Male post takes 23 days - so you are lucky)
Between and during the collection and delivery of
mail there are still the Counter Sales; Figures for
an average month being:
Stamps £300, Premium Bonds £20, Postal
Orders £3,000 total sales £4, 210.
Needless to mention, (except in appreciation) that
the foregoing tasks all necessitate accounting. The
dispatch, the issue and payments of counter sales,
the addition of numerous colours in ledgers, all these
to the Postal Services, even delays in mail are recorded.
Now on this island we have only two personnel established
for Postal Service. They are both Royal Engineers
One a Staff Sergeant, the other a Corporal- these
two men alone give us the service. The most important
service - mail for Gan.
A sincere THANK YOU is due to both of them.
Note to Agitators: All mail to UK does not go to the
BFPO as rumoured on this station, it actually goes
Section Mount Pleasant