Identity bracelet discovery sparks international search

An ID bracelet that once belonged to a Scottish officer has been discovered by a group of Israeli metal detectorists. The pristine object was owned by Lieutenant James Clark, a quartermaster and ex-company sergeant major who served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Gan Erez, Nethanel Farhi, and fellow amateur detectorists found the bracelet in a field near Hadera, 28 miles north of Tel Aviv. Gan and his team have been searching for World War Two artefacts for more than 40 years, scanning what was once the British mandate of Palestine with their metal detectors. Speaking to Britain at War, Gan said: “We do lots of research, particularly as to where British military camps were located in both World Wars. We travel to these places, and even today there still are many identifiable signs that they were once occupied, such as abandoned structures or rusted vehicles.

“Thirty years ago, it was very common to find military artefacts at these places. However, it is now quite rare to come across anything of interest.” 

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