Vintage Ww1 1st Day Somme Casualty Army Memorial Death Plaque Medal 2nd London R
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Vintage Ww1 1st Day Somme Casualty Army Memorial Death Plaque Medal 2nd London R:
JB Military Antiques First World War ‘1st Day of the Somme’ Casualty Death Plaque for 4304 Private Henry Edward Hunt, Late 2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Killed in Action on the 1st July 1916. Remembered with honour Gommecourt Cemetery. This plaque has been cross referenced with the award roll showing this to be correct Henry Edward Hunt for the 2nd London Regiment. Medal roll extract included.
The round bronze Memorial Plaque is 120mm in diameter. It shows Britannia and a lion on the front and bears the inscription: "He died for freedom and honour". The full name of the dead soldier is engraved on the right hand side of the plaque. No rank, unit or decorations are shown,befitting the equality of the sacrificemade byall casualties.
The shape and appearance of the plaque earned it nicknames such as the "Dead Man's Penny", the "Death Penny", and the "Widow's Penny".
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