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Archibald Alfred Lee (known to his family as Archie) of Croesyceiliog, near Cwmbran, was born on 7 May 1898 and initially joined the South Wales Borderers (probably in September 1916). He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps but was killed in action on 10 April 1918 during the German spring offensive – one month short of his twentieth birthday. This is the bronze memorial plaque his family received, known as the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’; also shown is a handwritten note kept by the family with the plaque – ‘And still we have the grace of fragrant thoughts and rare sweet memories’.

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