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Soldier gets PWOR’s stamp of approval

Soldier gets PWOR’s stamp of approval

When Mark Henderson, Artsci’13, joined the Canadian Forces, one assignment he never expected to get was male model.

This spring’s Political Studies grad was asked by his superiors in January to pose for a Canada Post stamp honouring the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment (PWOR), a reserve infantry unit based in Kingston.

“I called my parents and told them I was going to be on a stamp, and it took a while for that to register with them. It’s one of those things that come out of nowhere, so you just go with it,” he says.

Canada Post has printed two million copies of the stamp, which highlights the 150-year history of the regiment by featuring a PWOR soldier in the uniforms of 1890, WWI, WWII, and the present day. Mark posed in all four uniforms and pictures were sent to Canada Post to inspire sketches used on the stamp – two of which look a lot like Mark.

Queen’s has had a long relationship with the PWOR, since many students, including Mark’s father, Doug Henderson, Artsci’85, have served with the regiment over the years.

The modeling shoot showed Mark how uniforms have greatly improved over the years. When he wore the wool uniforms from a century ago, he realized how hot and miserable those heavy clothes must have made the soldiers.

While Mark is happy to be on the stamp, he feels all PWOR members should be proud. “The stamp is meant to honour and represent the dedication of all PWOR members, including the ones who went overseas and didn’t come home,” he says. “PWOR is a reserve unit of primarily ‘citizen soldiers.’ They leave their jobs or school to go overseas and fight to protect Canada. So this honour is for them, as much as it is for me.”

[Queen's Alumni Review 2013-3 cover]