QUOTE (Racing Teapots @ Fri, 1 Nov 2002 23:09:03 +0000)
I have read some notes which state that Woolwich Arsenal experimented with engraved memorial plaques, in the same way as the miniatures. Has anyone ever seen a memorial plaque with engraved lettering (rather than the normal raised, cast, letters)??
Never seen one but came across verification of their existance a couple of years ago - the following is lifted from my report on file contents for a Connaught Rangers Officer killed during the war - hopefully the context will be self-explanatory. Regards - Tom
o A small sub-file. Seems father was Controller of Recruiting in the west of Ireland “and incurred hostility”. During “the troubles” his house was looted and burned to the ground, and IHG’s medals and death plaque were either stolen or destroyed (statement sworn 19/6/30 in Dublin). A supporting statement attached (21/6/30) from Major General Hicks who had commanded 16th Div during the war says IHG served with “great distinction and gallantry”.
o Father writes to WO 22/6/30 and asks for MC to be reissued to him and offers to pay for replacement. Also asks for copy of King’s certificate. Refers to Col Roland Fielding re confirmation of fact of death and mentions that he wrote of IHG in his book “War Letters To A Wife” (pp 154 – 156). Another undated letter asks for replacement plaque.
o WO to father 10/7/30 approves issue of replacement MC upon receipt of a postal order for 15 shillings. Separate letter to follow ref plaque and scroll.
o Father’s address at this time, Vevay House, Bray, Co Wicklow.
o Father to WO 11/7/30 encloses postal order.
o WO letter 1/9/30 says that in view of circumstances of loss a replacement plaque will be issued upon payment of 5 shillings. It is noted that this is half the previous fee because the plaques are no longer cast with the name in relief but the names engraved onto plaques which have not been issued / claimed.
o A WO note estimates the scrap value of a plaque as 5 pence.
o Father sends postal order 3/9/30.
o WO to father 1/1/31 enclose a copy scroll and stamped sae so that he can acknowledge receipt.