Interested to learn more about the men behind the names on the war memorial? A small group of Datchet Village Society members has been researching the lives of soldiers commemorated on the village green. We’ve now started to publish their stories here and will add more as they become available. You can also browse through the ‘Datchet in WWI’ section of this website for more information.
Dead Man’s Penny
As part of our WWI research, the DVS recently purchased a ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ which was spotted on eBay. These bronze Memorial Plaques were sent to the families of all men and women who died during war service. They are about five inches in diameter and, as they look like a large medal or coin, hence the nickname ‘Dead Man’s Penny. Our plaque commemorates John Marcus de Paravicini, who was killed during the Battle of Cambrai in November 1916. It is of special significance because of the contribution made to Datchet by the de Paravicini family during WWI…
Read more here.