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The Dead Man's Penny

From the Collection of Creswick Museum Town Hall Building 70-72 Albert Street Creswick Victoria

Description
The Bronze Medallion
Features an image of Lady Britania surrounded by two dolphins
Size
120 mm Dia
Object Registration
1341
Keywords
ww1, creswick, hendric, 4th pioneer battalion a.i.f
Historical information
The Dead Man's Penny is a commenorative medallion presented to next of kin of men and women who died during \world War One.The Bronze medallion features an image of Lady Britannia surrounded by two dolphins (representing Britain's sea power) and a lion (representing Britain) standing over a defeated eagle (symbolising Germany). Around the outer edge are the words 'He died for freedom and honour'. Next to Lady Britannia is the deceased Soldier's name, with no rank provided to show equality in their sacrifice. The Dead Man's Penny was accompanied by a letter from King George V, stating 'I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War'.
Significance
William Hendric 3373
Enlisted 3/8/1915 Embarked ex-Brisbane on H.M.A.T "Sea Bas" 4th Pioneer Battalion A.I.F. Born 1994 Died 1st April 1918
Foster Mother: Mrs J Charlesworth, Creswick. (Cabbage Tree)
Inscriptions & Markings
Inscribed William Hendric
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:10AM