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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 14:14 pm 
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Hi guys,

I need your help to identify the former owner of a British Army map case from my collection, it is the smaller model often associated with airborne troops.
On the inner flap are a name and a few other bits:

CPL. WATERS
[2 inverted triangles] 68
[drawing of a leek]

Cpl Waters is of course the rank and surname of the owner, but what does the 2nd line mean? Can someone identify the unit?

The leek may be a clue for a Welsh origin.

The only Corporal Waters I could find is this one:
http://www.pegasusarchive.org/normandy/thomas_waters.htm
But he wasn't Welsh and the unit symbols don't seem to match.

Any help will be much appreciated!

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could the symbal be an hour glass and the 68 the year, just a thought

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Well, maybe but I don't think this pattern was still used in 1968?

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Is it a Great War era map case?
The 68th (2nd Welsh) Division was a WWI Territorial unit

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Hi Martin,
No, sorry, forgot to mention that the case is dated 1944...

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Items where I think re-issued and subsequently re- marked and re-dated too .. weren't they ??
Not raining on your parade Pierre but the reference to the WWI Welsh unit might be worth further investigation ?

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Is it written in Biro?


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Sea Soldier wrote:
Is it written in Biro?


Good question, I'll have to check it out this weekend...

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Items where I think re-issued and subsequently re- marked and re-dated too .. weren't they ??
Not raining on your parade Pierre but the reference to the WWI Welsh unit might be worth further investigation ?


Don't worry, I'm open to all suggestions and researching possibilities! :wink:

I'm not familiar with the British Army archives system, is there an institution that gathers lists/service files of servicemen? Like the National Archives, the IWM or others?

Thanks for your input guys!

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this is as close as I could find

this is the divisional patch for the American 7th inf battalion
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however the pouch is British and im not sure weather they were given to the Americans for Normandy
or weather any British forces where attached to the 7th inf.


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