Medal engraved with the name of "FRANCIS HUBERT/ READ" and the words "HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR" above a woman holding a laurel crown and a staff with a lion standing in front of her. The medal was sent to the families of First World War soldiers who had died, and this medal was sent to the family of Francis Read. The medal came to be known in general as "The Deadman's Penny." Francis Hubert Read was born in the Cotswold village of Badgeworth in 1885. By the age of 15 he was working as a domestic gardener. He immigrated to Canada. At the time of his enlistment, in December 1915, he was working as a gardener or farm worker in Langley. Frank's unit did not reach Europe until November 1916. He served in the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion during the next 12 months. On November 10th, 1917, the 7th took part in the final assault on Passchendaele Ridge, slowly making its way forward through mud into which thousands of men disappeared, never to be found. It is unclear what happened to Francis (Frank) or how he died: some records indicate he was wounded and sent to hospital, but others say he went missing and was presumed dead.