Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Widow Penny

Another contribution from Ian and Thalia - this mini plaque measuring 6" across was found under the floorboards of their attic above their garage in Pembroke. They have traced it to Morgan Price who died in action on 25 Sep 1915.
These bronze Memorial Plaques "widow pennies" were awarded to the next-of-kin of those who lost their lives whilst on active service during World War One. The inscription around the edge reads "He (or she) died for freedom and Honour". When commemorating the death of a lady (for example a nurse), the "He" is replaced by "She". Over 1 million "He" plaques were issued compared to approximately 600 "She" plaques.

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