In total 23 Men were killed fighting with the 152nd between 1916 and 1919. To acknowledge that these men had made the supreme sacrifice in giving their lives for their country their next of kin were presented with a scroll from the King and a Memorial Plaque from the government.
The scroll was sent to the family of all soldiers who were killed as a result of their actions in the war, this is a copy Lester Gordon Benstead’s scroll.
The Memorial Plaque 1914-1918 – ‘Dead Man’s Penny’
The men who fought with the 152nd Hackney RGA HB and who were killed during the Great War qualified for a Memorial Plaque. Unlike their service medals, which were automatically sent to the next of kin, the Memorial Plaque had to be requested and so the number actually produced is unknown. They were sent in a cardboard sleeve with a scroll signed by the king.
The idea of producing a bronze plaque was originally conceived by the government following the huge casualty rate on the Somme. Morale began to decline as the number of men killed or wounded was realised and the idea of the Memorial Plaque was to give the families a lasting memory of their loved one. No rank is stated as in death all men were equal.
The Memorial Plaque was sent with this accompanying letter.