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Widow's Penny

The Memorial Plaque

In 1919 the Government decided that a Memorial Plaque and Scroll should be given to the next of kin, in respect of all those who died in the war. This became known as 'The Widow's Penny'.

The plaques were individually cast with the individuals forename and surname cast upon it. Around the edge of the plaque are the words 'He died for Freedom and Honour'.

The plaque depicts Britannia standing facing right. A large lion stands in front of her, and below another lion, representing Britain, is tearing to pieces an Eagle, the emblem of Imperial Germany. The design also embodies two dolphins, symbolising sea power.

A Parchment Scroll was issued with each plaque giving the deceased's name and unit. These were accompanied by a letter from His Majesty the King.