Dead Man’s Penny memorial unveiled in Handforth


The official unveiling of a bronze memorial plaque was held in Handforth on Friday (9th Nov), with Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs and Tatton MP Esther McVey in attendance.

The replica 1918 WW1 Dead Man’s Penny was commissioned with ‘Handforth Village 1918-2018’ moulded onto it.

Anthony Harrison launched a project over a year ago to have the plaque dedicated in memory of those who fought in The Great War.

The plaques would traditionally have been awarded to a fallen soldier’s family and its modern day equivalent is the Elizabeth Cross.

Anthony explained: “The penny itself is 500mm instead of the 4” which the original was.

“It’s made of solid bronze and had been an idea of mine right from the offset of building the memorial which I completed in 2016.”

He continued: “I hope to do another custom plaque, which will be my own design, in 2045 for the centenary of WW2 also, with a few other projects in between.”

The funds to pay for the tribute came from the community of Handforth from local fundraising events.

In the build up to Remembrance Sunday, Anthony also delivered a series of assemblies to local primary schools about WW1 and Handforth’s role in the war.

Students from Wilmslow Grange attended the unveiling and read out the names of the fallen from WW1.


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