Benham "Daily Mirror Punters Club" cachet fdc cancelled with the Epsom Surrey pictorial Derby 200 postmark which was only available on 6th June 1979:
Edward John Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby, MC DL (21 April 1918 – 28 November 1994) was a British peer, landowner and businessman.
The eldest son of Lord Stanley and the Hon. Sibyl Cadogan, daughter of Viscount Chelsea, his grandfather was Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, a British Ambassador to Paris.
He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. His father having died in 1938, he succeeded his grandfather in the earldom and other family titles.
Edward Stanley served with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, being promoted Major, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the Italian Campaign.
Lord Derby married Isabel Milles-Lade, daughter of the Hon. Henry Milles-Lade, in 1948. Their marriage was childless.
Lady Derby died in 1990; Lord Derby survived her by four years and died in 1994, aged 76, being succeeded in the family titles by his nephew, Edward Stanley as the 19th Earl.
Following family tradition, Lord Derby was an owner of thoroughbred racehorses: his colt Teleprompter won the 1984 Arlington Million at Arlington Park, Illinois.
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