Memorial Plaque dedicated to the first British officer of mixed heritage to die in WW1
In September 1914, Lieutenant Euan Lucie-Smith became the first officer of mixed heritage (British and Afro-Caribbean) to enlist in the British Army. Sadly, he was also the first mixed heritage officer to die in the Great War, killed at the Second Battle of Ypres at St. Julien on 25th April 1915. In 1919-20, memorial plaques, known as ‘Death Pennies’, were sent to the next of kin of all those killed in WWI. Although in this example, Euan’s name is misspelt as Evan, this plaque was his as there are no other E. Lucie-Smiths who served in the Great War.