The Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.
The plaques (which could be described as large plaquettes) about 4.72 inches (120 mm) in diameter, were cast in bronze, and came to be known as the “Dead Man’s Penny”, because of the similarity in appearance to the much smaller penny coin which itself had a diameter of only 1.215 inches (30.9 mm). 1,355,000 plaques were issued, which used a total of 450 tons of bronze, and continued to be issued into the 1930s to commemorate people who died as a consequence of the war.
Made of solid bronze, this Memorial Plaque is in EXCELLENT condition for it’s age. Commemorating the service of Gunner George Thompson (72979) who died in combat on August 12, 1918. He served with A Battery, 175th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Over 100 years old, there are some slight wear/marks due to the age, but nothing that detracts. Comes mounted on a display card, alongside his Royal Field Artillery cap badge and an image from the Mount Huon Military Cemetery where he is remembered with honour. Also included are his original British War Medal, British Allied Victory Medal, and 1914 Star (all three are named to him)! Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!