After WW1 the British government agreed to the production of what were known as Dead Man Penny's as memorials to men killed in action, died of wounds or died of illness related to their war service. A study of several cemeteries in Melbourne, Australia, reveals Penny's have been stolen from several family graves. A proposal has been made to replace Penny's missing from graves in Australian cemeteries. A local manufacturer has agreed to produce the Dead Man Penny to replace those missing from graves. It is estimated that more than 250 Penny's need to be replaced. The cost will be high which is why donations are sought to purchase Penny's. Each Penny costs $70. Once obtained, Penny's will be engraved with the soldier's name and placed, with the consent of family, on the grave as a memorial to the soldier.
At present, this project is only happening in Melbourne, Victoria, but it is hoped to cover all of Australia and other Commonwealth countries by December 2016 which is why people from all around the world are encouraged to purchase a Penny. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice close up of the details..
Lest we forget: thank you.
The 5th Division came through here April.1918.