The “Dead Penny”

The Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War (WWI) to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed.

The plaque 4.75 inches (120 mm) in diameter, were cast in bronze and came to be known as the “Dead Man’s Penny”, because of the similarity in appearance to the much smaller penny coin which itself had a diameter of only 1.215 inches (30.9 mm).

A total of 1,355,000 plaques were issued, and continued to be issued into the 1930s to commemorate soldiers who died as a consequence of the war.

Important: New Entry to Museum

Effective August 1, 2020, the museum no longer has street-front access. Unfortunately, due to the economic impact of Covid-19, the museum has had to move all its activities to our unit at the rear of Hangar 5. The new entrance to the museum will be via the gate at the north side of the building. Signage with contact and entrance instructions is displayed. Please check back here for updates on our progress as we reorganize the museum. As always, contact us with any questions or to schedule a visit or a flight.