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WW1 brass memorial plaque, with with original envelop, to commemorate the death of Private ERIC CECIL LAWS 1899-1918.

These plaques were issued to next-of-kin for all British and Empire service personnel killed as a result of The Great War.

Due to the similarity in appearence to the one penny coin, they became known as the 'death penny'.

This plaque was founded at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich in 1926.


Pte. ERIC CECIL LAWS No.48150, was born in Littleport, Cambrideshire, on the 11th March, 1899. He lived in Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk. In WW1 he served with the 12th Btn. East Surrey Regiment.

On 14/10/18, he and his unit took part on an advance on German positions near the casualty clearing stations of Remy Sidings (Wippenhoek, Ypres salient, Belgium).

The first wave of the attack cost 53 British lives, which included Pte. Laws. He died 19 years of age, just 25 days before the armistice on 11/11/18.

He is buried at Dadizeele New British cemetry, Moorslede, West Vlananderen, Belgium.

Over 250 German prisoners were taken by the end of the assault.


Pte Eric Cecil Law's name is included on the the Littleport war memorial Roll of Honour, located on The Green, near to the church.


See our research on Pte. Eric Lawes.

WW1 plaque

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