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Next of Kin Memorial Plaque Dead Mans Penny - Commonly known as Dead Man's Penny

From the Collection of RSL Waverley Sub Branch 161 Coleman Parade Glen Waverley Victoria

Description
Round Bronze Medallion/Plaque
Size
120cm dia
Object Registration
d/0292
Keywords
dead man's penny, stanley alan morey, 59th battalion, villers-bretonneux, next of kin memorial plaque
Historical information
“Pennies” were awarded to the Next of Kin of soldiers who died in or as a result of the “Great War” and approximately 1.5million were issued up until the 1930’s they were accompanied by a scroll (letter) from King George with the message “‘I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War”.
The Name of the serviceman, which appears on the medallion' is always shown without rank. This is to show that the sacrifice of all men is of equal value.
Significance
Stanley Alan Morey was born in Dulwich, London, England from whence he came to Austalia and lived with his parents and elder sister in Brighton Victoria
He became a fitter and turner.
He enlisted in the A.I.F on the 21th April 1917 Service number 3444 and was assigned to the 59th Battalion and embarked from Sydney on the HMAT “Port Melbourne” on the 16th July 1917
He went to France from England on the 9th January 1918 and joined his unit 18th January 1918 at Le Havre
Less than 3 months later he was Killed in Action.
He has no known grave but is remembered by a Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France
Inscriptions & Markings
Depicts British rule of the sea (Britannia with two Dolphins), and a lion representing the British Empire. The lion stands on an eagle which represents the defeated Germany.
A small insert has the Soldiers name embossed within a rectangular border. Around the rim of the plaque appear the words "He died for freedom and honour"
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM