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|Collection of William Foilan
|Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
|Soldier’s engraved identity disc
This collection contains the identity disc (also known as a ‘dog tag’) of William Foilan, private, 1st Australian Imperial Force, 19 Battalion, 2395. Identity discs were worn around the neck by First World War soldiers for identification in case of injury or death. The discs were stamped with the soldier's name, service or regimental number, religion, and unit
William Foilan was born in Sydney and worked in the boot trade before enlisting at age 24 in the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1915. Foilan was a private in the 19th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement which embarked from Sydney on board MHAT A32 Themistocles. He died in France on 8 November 1918
AIF Database : William Foilan https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=100381 retrieved 20 November 2020
Access: Open Access
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Copying: Copying for research and study is approved
William Foilan Collection, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 373, Box [Number], Folder [Number].
This object was donated by a private individual in 2017
Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921). Infantry Battalion, 19th – History
World War, 1914-1918 – Campaigns – Western Front
Military dog tags
Soldiers — Australia – Identification
William Foilan, 1891-1918
Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921)
One identity disc with engraved: 2395, W. Foilan 19 Batt A I F C of E
The disc is tied to a length of string together with a French coin of 1915