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British WWI military mail in Egypt: 8 VI 1916 stampless OAS Savoy Hotel stationary cover from ALEXANDRIA to War Office LONDON, sent by Egyptian civilian post & tied by ALEXANDRIA-F postmark type A1 on last known date of use; free postage approved by officer (Andrew Balfour - possibly the famous Scottish medical officer); backstamped next day transit to military mail at BAPO Z (CAIRO) postmark Proud-D8 (with inverted index letter) & cover marked by local Alexandrian dumb mark 'star' for cover's delivery. Unusual local routing from civilian to military post as most of the period military mail for abroad received by the civilian post office was not marked by a British military post office subsequent to overseas dispatch; most mail routed like this originated in Cairo. Slit open at top.