The Dead Man’s Penny

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“The Memorial Plaque (Death Penny [or Dead Man’s Penny]) was issued after the First World War to the next of kin of all British and Empire Service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.” The “penny” was in fact five inches in diameter and cast in bronze. It showed Britannia with a trident and two dolphins swimming around her, and a lion on oak, along with the name of the deceased (here, Ronald Mitchison) without indication of rank. (Here is a close-up of a plaque from WP.) The board shown above contains other information about WWI, centrally including the statement that “The 16th Irish Division, the Connaught Rangers [7th battalion] and the Irish Rifles [7th battalion], all fought side-by-side throughout World War I.”
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3 thoughts on “The Dead Man’s Penny

  1. Miossec 2016-11-01 / 1:20 pm

    Hi Cathal,
    I guess that the board must be around Shankill but could you give us the exact location ?
    Thank you.

    Alain

    • Miossec 2016-11-01 / 5:09 pm

      Thank tou Cathal.

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