I was reading through a database recently when I came across this story

1917-08-13  private nok memorials.jpg - click on this URL twice if necessary, once to open the URL and a second time to magnify it.  THEN COME BACK HERE VIA THE BACK BUTTON TO READ ALL  BELOW.

The personal memorials were to be designed as metal plaques.

I say were, but I have never seen one. Did the idea get off the ground I wonder?

There are many hundreds of thousands of paper scrolls signed by HM The King lamenting the deaths of our fighting men which were sent to the Next of Kin, still to be found within families, passed down by long ago deceased grandparents/parents, covering both world war's: but bronze plaques, I don't think so?

Given the durability of a bronze plaque vis-a-vis a piece of paper, one would think, had they been issued, that virtually all of them would have survived in some form or another, and after all, the total British military losses in WW1 from all causes was 735,204 souls. I maintain that even if 50% were lost or melted down [if it is possible to melt down bronze] then the remaining 367,602 would still be considered ubiquitous!

Assuming my observations and accompanying thoughts are correct, I wonder why the project didn't win the hearts and minds of the people, or was it that come 1918 we had run out of bronze?

In my family I had several great uncles at the Front taking part in the fiercest of battles, but all survived death but not life-changing injuries, so I have no first hand experience of WW1 death's in the period 1914-1918.  On the other hand, I have inherited most of their records and medal cards as well as some of their medals, silver badges, uniform chevrons and regimental uniform badges.

If you could enlighten me with documentary evidence, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Thank you.