This memorial plaque (also called a Dead Man’s Penny) commemorates the death of Private Alfred William Burchell 8121. Alfred, born in Tottenham, London, was a member of 2nd Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was killed on the 17th of November 1914 during the last stages of the 1st Battle for Ypres in Belgium. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the 47th panel of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres. Also shown is the original wax cardboard sleeve these plaques were shipped in.
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This is a donation plaque for 1934 for the Nazi social organization, the Winterhilfswerk (literally “winter help work”). This was an annual drive to help charitable work. Since the collector jobs were steered toward unemployed “old fighters” and they could keep 25% of what they collected much of this money was diverted into private pockets and beer halls. These plaques were intended to be nailed to the door of those who gave in order to shame those who did not.