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WWII Dog Tags Found Near London From More Than 14,000 Soldiers

WWII Dog Tags Found Near London From More Than 14,000 Soldiers
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By    |   Wednesday, 12 April 2017 06:05 PM

Thousands of World War II dog tags were found recently near London by a self-described relic hunter, items that could bring some closure to the families of the soldiers believed to have been killed in action during the conflict.

Dan Mackay, 37, told The Telegraph that he found more than 14,000 dog tags buried near an anti-aircraft battery in the London area. He said he made the discovery while searching in field and now wants to return the dog tags to as many family members as possible.

Some of the dog tags found were from British WWII soldiers who died during the Normandy landings, The Telegraph noted. In 1944, some 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed a handful of beaches along the coast of Normandy, France, marking a critical turning point in the war.

Mackay said he has returned eight tags to families but now wants to make a nationwide appeal to return more.

"It's starting to feel like a full-time job – and certainly not one that normal people do," Mackay told The Telegraph. But now we're desperate to return the dog tags we've found and I will travel nationwide, if that's what it takes."

Mackay told Metro that right now he is keeping the exact location of where he found the dog tags a secret.

"From hundreds of hours of research I've found out I have dog tags belonging to thousands of soldiers," Mackay told Metro. "That includes military medal winners, PoWs, foreign medal winners and hundreds mentioned in dispatches – and I still have thousands more to get through."

Mackay told The Telegraph that he has had the most success in returning dog tag through the website War Forces Records, which connected him with veteran, Frederick Henry Bills.

"I got a reply back the very next day which said that FH Bills was still alive and I was speaking to his son," Mackay told The Telegraph. "I had an email saying that he had made notes of his time in service and had written them up for his family to keep and refer back to."

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Thousands of World War II dog tags were found recently near London by a self-described relic hunter, items that could bring some closure to the families of the soldiers believed to have been killed in action during the conflict.
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