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Military :
Object Name:
Plaque
Object ID:
2012.020.093
Date:
1918
Description:
WWI memorial death plaque, or as it was commonly called ‘Dead
Man’s Penny’ acknowledges the sacrifice made by a soldier killed
during the war.
It features a standing figure of Britannia, holding a trident and
wreath, surrounded by dolphins, a lion at her feet, with the
inscription around the edge :—
HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR

There is also an oblong panel below the wreath, where the name of the
individual is recorded, being cast into each medallion, rather than
engraved afterwards. There is no rank with the name in order signify
equality of sacrifice.

The medallions were sent ‘from the King’ to the relatives of the
soldier, and over one million were produced. This medallion was sent to the family of Albert Brown who was killed in 1917.
Title:
Memorial Death Plaque (WWI)
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Albert Brown's PlaqueAlbert Brown's Plaque