Dog tag worn during World War Two found in field at Whitchurch

Started by gash, July 30, 2017, 10:04:42 pm

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THE FAMILY of an American soldier have been reunited with the dog tag he lost over 70 years ago during World War II after a British detectorist found it nearly 4,000 miles away buried in a Hampshire field.

Elias H. Clarke's son Elias Jnr was "flabbergasted" when he heard about the discovery courtesy of a metal detecting enthusiast.

Chris Belcher-Banes was out searching a field in Whitchurch when his detector picked up the silver dog tag's signal.

After cleaning it, he realised it belonged to an Elias H. Clarke with markings suggesting he was an American soldier.

The engravings also revealed that Mr Clarke, who died in 1991, enrolled in 1942, that his mother was Patti S. Clarke and that they were from the community of Roanes in Gloucester County, Virginia.

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