Very sorry to hear of your recent loss.
This page has a great deal of info.
or a tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/cwrbd8u
The essential info is:
"Stamps, steel, for metal 1/8th inch" and that information carried should be
the soldier's number, rank, name, regiment and religious denomination. Upon
a change in rank, a new disc was to be issued. These discs were stamped from
thin aluminium sheet and measured approximately 35mm in diameter with an 8mm
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, there were at least three changes to
the stamping and issue of Identity Discs...
AO 102 of May 1907 (please see appendices) introduced some slight changes
to issue of the discs and dropped the stamping of ranks on them.
AO 83 of April 1908 (please see appendices) mentioned the issue of discs for
Religious denomination stampings on Territorial Force discs were also
dropped (though this was rarely adhered to).
With the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914, it was realised that it would be
practically impossible to keep up with the demand (and expense of) aluminium
discs and so, on 21 August 1914 , a new disc that would become so familiar
over the next half century was introduced. The new disc was a round disc
made of red/brown vulcanised asbestos fibre approximately 35mm in diameter.
Stamping regulations were as per AO 102 of 1907.
On 30/11/2014 20:35, yr achwr via wrote:
Thank you for replying.
I never considered that "Meth" might refer to his Religious Affiliation.
She was a member of a Methodist Chapel!
Perhaps someone with knowledge of the period can tell us both what information
was recorded on the "Dog Tags".
Message Received: Nov 30 2014, 05:58 PM
From: "Jill Muir via"
To: rdafis(a)fsmail.net, "'Dyfdd List'"
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] Meth Davies - Dog Tags and Air Crew Medal
I hunted around and then put into Google WW II "Dog Tags". Could METH be
simply his religion?
And found this.
Thread: "Dog Tags" - Identification of Religion
Default "Dog Tags" - Identification of Religion
I am having some interest to read the WW II "Dog Tags". We have C of E =
Church of England or CE for same.
We have OD = Other Denomination introduced in 1942.
But what about Church of Scotland, could it be CS? Then we have the Roman
Catholic Church, could it be RC or C?
Then I have read about the Hebrew religion, where the RCAF are having J =
Jewish, H = Hebrew and HEB = Hebrew.
Meth = Methodist.
I would like to learn more about the many letters and the connection to the
religions of Commonwealth airmen.
Sincerely Jill Muir
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Behalf Of RHODRI DAFIS via
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:09 AM
To: Dyfdd List
Subject: [Dyfed] Meth Davies - Dog Tags and Air Crew Medal
A plea for help.
My Wife's Aunt Died this morning aged 93.
My Wife had a Power of Attorney, and is the Executor of her Estate.
While "ransacking" her house today searching for Birth Certificates and any
other relevant information, we found a small box addressed to her, enclosing
an Air Crew Medal and two "Dog Tags".
The "Dog Tags" have the name Meth Davies.
At the time I did not realise, what this suggested, and did not have the
presence of mind to make a note of the Service Number.
Meth (probably short for Methusala or Methusalem) does not appear as a blood
relative in the Family Tree.
I know that my wife's aunt joined the WAFFS in 1843 and was based at St.
But who was Meth - a lover or a husband?
Before the medal was sent to her, she must have been put down as his "next
How do I find out?
The funeral will probably be a week today, and time is "therefore of the
Any suggestions, gratefully received.