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War & Decline

The First World War

ID Tag

Description:

Soldier's identification tag, which has the details of R McDonald of the Cameron Highlanders stamped into the leather.

 

Robert McDonald's first issue army identity tag. Born in Maxwelltown, McDonald was serving with the 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders when he was killed on 25 October 1918.  This was the last active operation of the battalion.

 

People treasured a variety of objects which they found on the battlefield, bought or traded for. These could be mementoes of places or personal experiences, enemy weapons and equipment kept as trophies, or objects handmade or decorated to pass the time. Smaller items of military uniform, especially badges and hats, were also kept as souvenirs.  
These, and the stories they related to, were often handed on to family members.

 

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1971.172
Digital Number:
DMAC090n
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council