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WWI - 1914-1918 - the Ayrshire Experience

Identity Tags

19th Century

Identity tags. From November 1916 a British solder carried two identity tags made of vulcanised asbestos fibre on a string round his neck. In the event of death the red disc remained with the body to aid identification. The lozenge shaped green/brown tag was removed for administration purposes. Previously only one disc had been issued and some men carried additional means of identification should the worst happen.

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