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He died for freedom and honour : Frederick William Woodland

Date: 1919
Dimensions:
Overall: 120 x 120 x 3 x 120 mm, 0.34 kg
Medium: Bronze
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Annie H Goldie
Classification:Coins and medals
Object Name: Medallion
Object No: 00034336

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    Description
    Also known as a Dead Man's Penny, bronze memorial plaques were issued to the immediate next-of-kin of British and Empire service personnel who died during or as a result of wounds received during World War I. The medallion features an image of Britannia holding a laurel wreath, an imperial lion,
    two dolphins representing Britain's sea power, the emblem of Imperial Germany's eagle being torn to pieces by another lion. No rank was shown next to the solider's name as it was intended to show equality in their sacrifice.



    SignificanceFrederick William Woodland served in the Royal Australian Navy and died when the submarine AE1 disappeared with all hands off New Guinea on 14 September 1914.
    HistoryThe Memorial Plaque, or Dead Man's Penny as it became known, was issued after WW1 to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war. It was accompanied by a letter from King George V, stating ‘I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War’.
    This Dead Man's Penny was issued to the relatives of Frederick William Woodland who died when the submarine AE1 disappeared with all hands off New Guinea on 14 September 1914. It had been on patrol off Rabaul with HMAS PARRAMATTA and its disappearence was Australia's first major loss of World War I.


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    Web title: Memorial plaque to Frederick William Woodland

    Primary title: He died for freedom and honour : Frederick William Woodland

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