Named WWI UK KIA "Death Penny" Grouping
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Named WWI UK KIA "Death Penny" Grouping

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ARTIFACT: This is a Named World War I United Kingdom KIA, or Killed in Action, "Death Penny" Grouping of George Edward Flanagan 


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 (which could be described as large plaquettes) about 4.75 inches (120 mm) in diameter, 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 which itself had a diameter of only 1.215 inches (30.9 mm). 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.

Bronze medal was awarded to those who were either Members of the Territorial Force or Territorial Force Nursing Service on 4 August 1914 or members with four years or more service prior to 4 August 1914 and who rejoined by 30 September 1914.

VINTAGE: Circa WWI.

SIZE: Approximately: Bronze Medal with Frame 5-7/8" each side (Square); Medal: 1-3/8" diameter Ribbon: ribbon to medal 2" in length x 1-1/4" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Bronze, leatherette, steel, silk, and silver.

ATTACHMENT: Horizontal "safety" type pin on medal.

MARKINGS: WWI Service Medal: 32322767 PTE. G. E. FLANAGAN. C. O. R.


Death Penny: GEORGE EDWARD FLANAGAN (Maker mark of A in a circle on back)

ITEM NOTES: This is from a British Militaria collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months.  MABEX17 LBGEX06/08/19 PSLBIJX07/02/19 SBIJX01/21

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent): This plaque has minor wear,  probably from polish. The frame is in good shape, b ut has been opened, and the tacks are missing from the back. The medal has amazing patina and heavy fading to the ribbon overall (There looks to be some glue at one end of the ribbon) and minor fraying and edge of the ribbon, overall excellent condition. 

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.