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WW1 Death Penny/memorial plaque for SGT JAMES RANSON-Medical Corps
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Type: Plaques
Service: Army Conflict: World War I (1914-1918)
WW1 Death Penny/memorial plaque for SGT JAMES RANSON D. 6th October 1915 age 22yrs
12cm in diameter. In excellent condition along with military history & background. No number behind the lions leg indicating that this was an earlier Plaquette. Fantastic find for the keen Genealogist / family historian.
REGIMENT: Royal Army Medical Corps UNIT: 52nd Field Amb AGE: 22 DATE OF DEATH: 06/10/1915 SERVICE NO: 41581 ADDRESS: 174 Willows Lane, Accrington CASUALTY TYPE: Commonwealth War Dead GRAVE: I.C. 39A CEMETERY: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
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Name RANSON InitialsJ First name JAMES Place of birth ACCRINGTON CountryLancashire, England Family: Youngest son of Richard and Jane Ranson, of 174, Willows Lane, Accrington; three brothers, John, Edward and Richard and two sisters, Elizabeth and Grace; his brother Richard also served in the same RAMC unit and survived; Extra info: He was a keen amateur naturalist
Military service

Place & date of enlistmentSeptember 1914, Accrington Service number41581 RankSerjeant Regiment and unit 52nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps Army - Corps - Division17th Division National forceB.E.F.

Wounded4 October Type of wounds: Died of shrapnel wounds in the back, perforating the lung, at 7.20 am in n°10 CCS Date of death6 October 1915 Died at the age of22 Grave reference Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery I - C - 39A

The Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.
The plaques (more strictly described as plaquettes) were made of bronze, and hence popularly known as the "Dead Man’s Penny", because of the similarity in appearance to the somewhat smaller penny coin. 1,355,000 plaques were issued, which used a total of 450 tonnes of bronze, and continued to be issued into the 1930s to commemorate people who died as a consequence of the war.
Early plaques did not have a number stamped on them but later ones have a number stamped behind the lion's back leg.

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