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'Dead man's penny' tells sombre story of war


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The bronze military plaque had a place of honour in Jane Evans's living room for 34 years.

She never knew the sad story behind it. Until now.


The Hamilton woman has collected military memorabilia from three generations of men, including her two sons who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces.


The plaque, known as a dead man's penny, is propped up among military medals and black and white photos. But unlike the other mementoes, which represent bravery and honour, the heavy plaque -- made from gun metal -- represents loss.



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