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tailormarc
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21 February 2020 03:00 pm

Well guys walking through the ww2 training bush last night and found where a soldier lost his wallet, few coins and this beauty! Now with help from lots in the know its now narrowed down to these 2 soldiers! WW2 nom roll are onto it for me but will take a couple weeks to find out who it belongs to as his number doesnt come up as they are currently updating records...
49563566131_bcc928d3ef_c.jpgUntitled by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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21 February 2020 03:03 pm

One of these 2 guys...

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21 February 2020 03:41 pm

Well done mate, nice find thumbsup


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21 February 2020 04:40 pm

Deepseeker wrote:

Well done mate, nice find thumbsup

Cheers !

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21 February 2020 06:48 pm

Thats bloody brilliant thumbsup

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24 February 2020 07:49 am

Awesome mate

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24 February 2020 09:03 am

I'm not 100% sure, but the regimental number on that dog tag is V245726, and A.J. McClure is a Presbyterian.

It doesn't look like a conventional dog tag, because it doesn't have a hole in it. They normally came as a pair, at least from later conflicts, not sure about this vintage.

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24 February 2020 09:09 am

And it's interesting, because the numbers allocated to the 2nd AIF, had an 'X' after the 'V'. No id tag would have left the 'X' from the number. I wonder if it's actually WW2? Could be earlier?

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06 March 2020 11:02 am

Well we now know who the soldier was!!!!! WW2 nomination roll rang and said his new number he was given was VX88426 and its this solder below!
49621074187_2ccfe2611f_c.jpgThe soldier who made the penny dog tag, found him! by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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06 March 2020 11:05 am

Another email i recieved...
Subject: RE: Solders Id we cant find V245726 "A J McClure" [TO BE CLASSIFIED] [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Marc

I believe that you have already spoken with Cristina.

This is your man

https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/vetera … 54&c=WW2#R

I checked records yesterday and he enlisted at Kyneton Vic on 23 Dec 41 with V245726 then issued VX88426 , he transferred to the AIF in Geraldton in 1942.

He died in 1978.

Hope this helps.

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06 March 2020 11:06 am

Sadly his wife died some time ago, he had 2 sons and one son has died so we are working on finding a contact for the other son as we speak

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06 March 2020 11:51 am

Well done clap clap great results I hope you find their son it will be a great ending thumbsup good luck.

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06 March 2020 12:00 pm

RM Outback wrote:

Well done clap clap great results I hope you find their son it will be a great ending thumbsup good luck.

Cheers mate, got a few leads as of just now so its looking good

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06 March 2020 12:56 pm

Well done on the nice find tailormarc thumbsup


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06 March 2020 02:03 pm

Video of me finding it all ...

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06 March 2020 02:08 pm

So cool, can't wait to start my explorations and hopefully have similar experiences!!!

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06 March 2020 06:47 pm

Morphman001 wrote:

So cool, can't wait to start my explorations and hopefully have similar experiences!!!

Cheers mate, reasearch is key and you shall find good stuff smile

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09 March 2020 10:55 am

Well guys we done it! We found the soldiers son and to say he is happy is an understatement . He is over the moon and i will be posting the coin Id tag and other coins i found in the same spot to him today!
He send me a photo of the soldier ( His dad) and picture of his medals and a personal email all about his dad. He also sent me photos of all his enlistment and war records to read. So happy its turned out so well!
49625293383_778125dd2d_c.jpgUntitled by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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Just one page of his records, the medals he recieved...
49625279378_65dc74979e_c.jpgUntitled by Marc Russo, on Flickr

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09 March 2020 10:59 am

That's a great result Marc. We are proud to have a member like you amidst us. smile


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09 March 2020 11:00 am

Great research and fantastic work, Marc! Loved this story!

Congratulations, and there's sure to be some good karma coming your way! smile

Cheers,
Megsy


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09 March 2020 12:22 pm

Give the man 10/10 perfect clap clap Marc this is a great story well done. You must be just as pleased as Mr McClure such a great family keep sake and the highlight story of your research and involvement to aid its return heart clap clap

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09 March 2020 03:12 pm

Thanks so much guys! Its the reason i love to do this. Love the first contact and letting them know i found something so precious to them and that i will send it home to them. Feels better that any money can give . Sending it in half an hour! Counting down

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