A FATHER’S DEATH PENNY

THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS NO.51

A piece of PoW ‘trench art’, in the form of a carved wooden cat box, which William made for his daughter and sent home. Annie and her brother Andrew never married, but dedicated their lives to looking after their orphan niece.

On 7 November 1916, the British Government announced that “a General Committee, representative of both Houses of Parliament and of the Government Departments most concerned, has been appointed to consider the question of providing a memorial to be distributed to the relatives” of those who were killed or died as a result of the war. One of the outcomes of the Committee’s work was the Memorial Plaque, or ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ as they came to be known.

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