Identity Tags

ID tags © IWM (EPH 3384)

ID tags © IWM (EPH 3384)

The identity disc was originally issued on 9th January 1907, it was aluminium, 1⅜ inches (4.5 cm) in diameter with a lug pierced by a hole to take a cord 42 inches (106.5 cm) long, sufficient to hang around the neck and tuck into clothing. The disc showed the person’s name, regiment, rank, religion and service number. If your rank changed a new disc was supplied. At one point it was decided to drop the religion and rank but this was quickly restored. The codes for religion are as follows:

P (or PRES)
– Presbyterian
B (or BAP) – Baptist
C (or CONG) – Congregationalist
M (or METH) – Methodist
CE – Church of England
RC – Roman Catholic
J (or JEW) – Jewish
The massive enlistment of 1914 meant the use of this disc was considered too expensive and from 21st August 1914 a new reddish-brown disc, roughly the same size, was introduced.