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Bernard Cowey

Brigadier Bernard'Bun' Cowey DSO, OBE was an English rugby union wing who played club rugby for Newport and international rugby for Wales. Unlike most rugby internationals Cowey was most associated with the Army Rugby Union rather than club or county rugby. In his life he became Chairman of the Army Rugby Union. Cowey was born in Tidworth, Wiltshire in 1911 but when he joined the British Armed Forces, he was posted in the Welch Regiment, traditionally the reserve of Welsh nationals, he played rugby while on duty, for his regiment and played for the Army's own rugby team. Outside the army, Cowey played for two first class rugby union clubs' London Newport, it was while playing with Newport that he was selected to play for Wales after his service with the Welch Regiment made him eligible to represent his adoptive country. Cowey's first cap was in the 1934 Home Nations Championship, where he was one of 13 new caps to be tested by Wales, in a match at the Cardiff Arms Park against England. Wales's inexperience showed and they lost 9-0.

Although five of the players from that match were never selected for Wales again, Cowey wasn't amongst them and returned for the next game against Scotland. The Scottish game was far more successful for Wales, with a strong performance from Cliff Jones. Cowey repaid the selectors trust in him with two tries in the Scotland match, again in the last game of the tournament when he scored another against Ireland. Cowey's final game for Wales was during the 1935 Championship. Under the captaincy of Wilf Wooller, Wales drew the match after a late penalty goal from Boughton. Wales England 1934, 1935 Ireland 1934 Scotland 1934 Smith, David. Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3

Aat de Peijper

Adriaan "Aat" de Peijper was a Dutch industrialist and philatelist whose collection of Dutch, Dutch colonial, British Commonwealth stamps included several world rarities. Until 1976 De Peijper was director of a pharmaceutical distribution company in Etten-Leur. De Peijper and his company Centrafarm won a number of court battles concerning their redistribution of medicines within the EU, including some against Sterling Drug / Winthrop that are considered landmark cases. De Peijper began collecting stamps from a young age but according to his wife Mrs M. W. de Peijper-Pieksma, it was not until in life that he was able to afford the more expensive items missing from his collection. He bought many items from the Samos collection, items in the Boker, Burrus and Dale-Lichtenstein collections, his collection was principally of the stamps of the Netherlands, with a focus on the first issue, the British Commonwealth and Dutch colonies. Among the rarities in the collection was a 1925 Kenya and Uganda £100 unused plate number postage stamp, one of four unused copies known in private collections and museums.

Another rare item was a 1925 unused Ceylon 1000R plate number single with a certificate by Friedl. Both were in the Samos collection; the de Peijper collection was auctioned by De Nederlandsche Postzegelveiling in 2013, with the £100 Kenya and Uganda stamp reckoned to be the most valuable stamp to be auctioned in the Netherlands. Media related to Aat de Peijper at Wikimedia Commons