The Memorial Plaque 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 plaques were cast in bronze, and came to be known as the "Dead Man’s Penny", because of the similarity in appearance to the much smaller penny coin. 1,355,000 plaques were issued, which used a total of 450 tons of bronze, and continued to be issued into the 1930s to commemorate people who died as a consequence of the war.
This pin badge 30mm in diameter is based on the design of the original Memorial Plaque. REM008
The proceeds from this item go towards supporting the work of The National Archives in preserving the nation’s history including the preservation of military records.