A Nantwich, England man is sending a belated Christmas present to an American woman he has never met – the dog tags her uncle lost while he was serving in South Cheshire with the US army during the Second World War.
Adam Currie found the dog tags belonging to Private Henry C Anthony last week while he was metal detecting in a field near Acton.
The 28-year-old said his first reaction was to try to return them to their rightful owner.
“The thought of keeping them never entered my mind,” said Adam, who immediately started researching the US soldier and tried to track him down.
“Metal detectors get a reputation for being poachers but it’s not about finding things and thinking how much money it’s worth, it’s about the history behind it and how it got there.”
Adam contacted Frances Cumero, of the US-based Facebook group, Angelo’s Angels WWII Dog Tag Return Project.
Within hours she had tracked down Private Anthony’s family, who live in North Carolina.
Sadly he died several years ago.
Adam said: “I finally managed to get hold of Donna Anthony, niece of the late Henry C Anthony, and I’m making arrangements to have the tags sent back to her so they can be back where they belong – with his family.