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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 49, December 3, 2006, Article 31

DEAD MAN'S PENNY ALSO ISSUED FOR WOMEN

Regarding the British World War I Memorial Plaque (also called the
Dead Man's Penny), Philip Mernick writes: "As already mentioned these
are (unfortunately) still very common in the UK and frequently seen at
antiques centres and militaria shows. I understand, however, that there
were a small number made to commemorate the deaths of women. In those
days women were not enrolled as soldiers but many served in medical
positions close to the front. I believe that most or perhaps all of
the plaques were awarded to nurses, but do not know how many were
issued. Having never seen one illustrated, I do not know if they had
the same design or even if they were the same size. I have, however,
heard that they have been faked due to their rarity and consequent value."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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