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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 22, May 31, 2009, Article 22

WOMEN’S ROYAL AIR FORCE "DOG TAG" COIN FOUND

This article from the Aberdeen Press and Journal of Aberdeen, Scotland highlights an unusual "dog tag" style token fashioned from a coin. Is anyone familiar with these? -Editor
Womens Royal Air Force Stewart token A 90-year-old military coin believed to have belonged to an Aberdeen war heroine has been discovered more than 3,000 miles from the Granite City.

It was found by Canadian woman Marlene Campbell who made the discovery while going through a collection of old coins belonging to her late father.

The French silver coin caught her eye after she noticed it was engraved on one side with I. Stewart and the number 22974.

It was also inscribed with W.R.A.F. (Women’s Royal Air Force) and C of E (Church of England) and had been fashioned into a “dog tag” style necklace.

Following some investigative work Mrs Campbell, 55, discovered that the coin belonged to an Isabella Stewart who joined the WRAF on October 29, 1918, at the age of 19.

Through her research, Mrs Campbell, of Richard Street, Innisfil, Ontario, also discovered that Ms Stewart had at one stage lived in Powis Place, Aberdeen.

Mrs Campbell, a bookkeeper, said it remained a mystery how the coin had come to be in her father’s collection.

Mrs Campbell is now hoping to reunite the coin with Ms Stewart’s relatives.

“I would like to return this coin to her family but don’t know where to start looking,” she added.

Anyone with information can e-mail Mrs Campbell on mc5028@rogers. com or contact the Press and Journal on 01224 343425. To read the complete article, see: Plea for help to solve coin mystery (http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1231556?UserKey=)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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