The " Dead Man's Penny" (WWI Memorial Plaque)

Current Location

Private Collection
United Kingdom

 A sad reminder of a loved one's sacrifice : this large bronze memorial plaque was sent with a parchment scroll to the next of kin of those who lost their lives on active service in World War I. They became known as the Dead Man's Penny.

The plaque shows Britannia bestowing a laurel crown on a rectangular tablet bearing the full name of the dead in raised lettering. In front, stands the British lion with dolphins in the upper field, an oak branch lower right and a lion cub catching a fallen eagel at the base. The inscription round the circumference reads HE (or she) DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOVR.  Over 1,355,000 plaques bearing HE DIED were issued and 600 with SHE DIED.  

The plaque pictured remembers Private John Archer of the KIng's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and comes from a private collection.

Author: HillC

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