WWII Memorial Scroll

This week we take a closer look at the Memorial Scrolls sent out to the families of those who died in war.

As per the example last week, this official record of gratitude was sent out during the Great War and as the Second World War began it was proposed (by the Merchant Marine) that this should be continued. The idea was quickly approved but the scrolls were not issued until 1946. It was estimated that it would have taken scribes two years to hand write the names of the nearly 400,000 soldiers killed in combat so again these were printed.

Items like this are commonly sold from £10 and upwards but care must be taken as there is an entirely legitimate trade in modern reprints by companies selling them to families who have lost the original.