Dead Man’s Penny

This “Dead Man’s Penny” was issued to the family of Private Howard Stanley Filmer of the 33rd Battalion, AIF. A native of Bega, Private Filmer was killed in action on 30 March, 1918 at Cachy near Amiens, aged 27. He has no known grave, but is remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France. His father, Mr. F. J. Filmer, received his plaque in November 1922. Officially called a memorial plaque, these mementoes were issued to the next-of-kin of British Commonwealth service personnel who died during WWI.

Private Filmer’s “dead man’s penny” is on display at the Bega Pioneers’ Museum.