British Columbia Man Seeks to Reunite ‘Death Penny’ with WWI Soldier’s Descendants

Posted by admin on May 18, 2012

A man from Surrey, British Columbia, faces a big challenge unlocking a First World War mystery that’s landed on his doorstep. Curtis Unger, who says he believes in honouring soldiers’ memories, has recently come across a memorial plaque from the Great War.

The plaque, called a Death Penny, bears the name of a 20-year-old English private named Walter Ryles. “I was thinking of framing it and putting it on a wall, but I realized that this is a memorial. It’s like a tombstone. It deserves to be handed down the generations of Ryles’ family,” he says.

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