Great War Enquiry Day

Dead man's penny

Dead man’s penny

Around 60 people came to the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen on 6th November with a wonderful variety of photographs, medals, papers and so on, all eager to find out more about the part their family members had played in World War One. There were many remarkable stories of heroism, of North-East families who sent several sons to fight, but also questions and mysteries.

The illustration is a so-called “Dead man’s penny.” These were issued to the next-of-kin of all British service personnel who were killed as a result of the war. This was the first object which was brought to my table at the Enquiry Day.

Have you got any World War One keepsakes you want to find out about? Or is there a member of your family who fought in World War One that you would like more information about? There may be more events like this over the next few years as the centenary of the Great War is recognised. Keep checking here for information.

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2 Responses to Great War Enquiry Day

  1. Pingback: World War I | PD-inspire

  2. chmjr2 says:

    My Uncle Chet fought in WW1. I wrote about him in my blog. The entry was titled “Talking to Squirrels.” For me he was a giant in a land of giants.

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