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eMedals-A 1937 First War Memorial Plaque to Machine Gun Platoon Leader

Item: G31100

A 1937 First War Memorial Plaque to Machine Gun Platoon Leader

Sale Date: June 7, 2017 Hammer Price

$126

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A 1937 First War Memorial Plaque to Machine Gun Platoon Leader

A plaque, measuring 230x135mm, wood with silvered zinc, very fine condition with the silver wearing thin in places and two cracks on the front part of the machine gun handle. The piece has been attached to the wooden plate by means of two screws. There is also a hanger on the reverse. It shows five soldiers, two of which carry a machine gun. It is most likely a First War scene. It is dedicated to the Korporal (platoon leader) by his 3rd platoon as a Christmas present in 1937. The reverse carries a stamp, but the unit’s name is indecipherable due to damage of the paper. There is also a poem about a person going to bed after a day of work. This doesn’t seem connected to the gift, unless it symbolizes the corporal’s death, making the plaque less of a Christmas present, but an item made to honour and remember him instead.
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