Soldiers Penny

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This is the "Soldiers Penny" so called because of its resemblence to the coin, although it is much larger. The family of every member of the armed forces killed in WW1 was presented with one. William Bonner, Durham Light Infantry, my fathers brother, was killed in action at the battle of Arras on the 23 April 1917. That date is Shakespear's birthday, St George's Day and was Wiliams 21st birthday. The tragic coincidence of death and birthday says so much about the toll taken on Englands youth in the "Great War". It was in all probability Williams first journey of any distance from Stockton on Tees, his birth place. It was for him and so many others their last.

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