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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter F Chard View Post
    I have one of these '' Pennies " plus the notification of my maternal grandfather's death in France and a note that said my Grandmother would now be eligible for a pension of 12 shillings and sixpence a week. That pension just paid for the rent on the house the family lived in at Fleetwood, nothing for food. My Gran had to find work and she was eventually reduced to taking in washing in order to supplement her pension. She had four infant children to feed and clothe, how she managed was just amazing. Regards, Peter in NZ.
    Peter, 12 shillings & 6 pence a week does not sound a lot in todays terms. In todays UK society if it would cover a war widows rent she will be doing well!!!! The UK Governments be they Labour or Conservative are very quick to send our armed forces into conflicts (which have bugger all to do with us) and when they (if) come home the same lack of caring government just wash there hands off them. If it was not for charity or the British legion!!!!!!

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    For once I agree with you Lewis. They way we treat our returning Armed forces in comparison with the Americans is despicable.
    Vic

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic mcclymont View Post
    For once I agree with you Lewis. They way we treat our returning Armed forces in comparison with the Americans is despicable.
    Vic
    Yes Vic the UK has never really treated our returning forces personal with the support they deserved. Let's face it Vic , shell shock was at times termed as Cowardice so how did we treat that, Firing squad, why? cannot let someone who is perhaps not able to handle the stress of conflict as well as the next man, fast forward a 100 years, we have this newish? phenomon called Post Traumatic stress disorder, for years the Government(s)L&C basically tried evry fuckin-trickin the book to say fuc-em it is all bullshi-
    Sorry it is one thing that does get my angry head on, I apologise.

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    Here in Oz we have a thing known as Legacy.
    Each year there is a week where they sell small lapel flags to raise funds.
    This group assist those who have lost family in conflict, but to be fair our gov, no matter which, looks after the war dead and seriously injured.
    Have never heard an ex service person complain that they are not well cared for.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    Lewis, Thanks for your message. His pay continued for the next 26 weeks following his death and then my Gran went on to her Widows and Dependents Benefit. Another document I have is the programme for the unveiling of the memorial of the War Memorial at Victoria Station, Manchester on Tuesday, the 14th. of February 1922. The tablet records all the names of the staff of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who died in that conflict. There are 1465 names on that one plaque !! Was it Shakespeare who wrote of the Futility of War ?? Regards Peter in NZ.

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    Full title:*Memorial Plaque

    Also known as:*Death Plaque, Dead Mans Penny etc.

    Construction:*Cast bronze disc, 121 millimetres in diameter.

    Naming:*Raised block capitals, rank and regiment not shown (as all men/women made the same sacrifice and are equal in death).

    Issued:*Production began in 1918 and plaques were still being issued in the later 1920's (perhaps even into the 1930's!).

    Awarded to:*All ranks of men and women serving in (or under contract with) the British & Imperial (ie: Indian, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand etc) Forces, including those employed in hospitals or the Merchant Navy etc, whose death was attributable to the war. Just over 1.36 million Memorial Plaques were issued.*

    K.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Tensed Up.

    Awaiting orders to go over the top,
    Tensed up, thinking, will he be the next one to drop,
    Mud and frost weighing down his kilt,
    Cutting into his freezing skin
    Lice would breed in tartan seams,
    Pleats on barbed wire trapping him,
    With his loaded Lee Enfield rifle,
    Quick to load and quick to fire,
    Corned beef and army biscuits
    What more could a soldier desire?,
    Rats, mustard gas and shrapnel,
    Horses rotting in the trench,
    Flooded latrines, eyeless comrades,
    Limbs and mud and rain and stench,
    Foot rot, shell shock, impetigo,
    Frost and fear, the soldier's bed,
    Only way out, to win a discharge,
    Wounded, missing, mad or dead,
    For the families left behind them,
    Widows, orphans, and the unborn,
    Comes the prize, the Dead Man's Penny,
    For the thousands of troops,
    Who were cut down like corn.

    Fouro.

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