The bracelet belonged to Lieutenant James Clark of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who was stationed in the Middle East during the war. The bracelet was discovered in a field near the town of Hadera, located approximately 40km north of Tel Aviv.
Erez is now seeking to locate any relatives of Lieutenant Clark to return the bracelet to them. Additionally, the Argyll Sutherland Highlanders Museum have found an image of the officer and Erez is calling for any information about his descendants.
Mr Erez told Forces News:
When I saw it I just froze. I couldn’t believe it because this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime find. It’s in pristine condition. It still has the links on it that will sit on his arms and his wrist and all the details are very clear and that makes it even more special, in my opinion.
I couldn’t believe my eyes and the only thing that I see in front of me is that his family receiving it from us their smile their happiness and that’s all I want in return. I think it’s the humane thing to do. I’m asking for help to find tenant James Clark and I’ve been working on it for weeks on Facebook.
Erez has taken to social media to locate Clark or his family. Social media can be a powerful tool for finding people, as it allows for the rapid dissemination of information to a large audience.
However, it’s worth noting that social media can also be an unreliable way of finding someone as not everyone is active on social media, so Erez is in need of all the help he can get.
Mr Erez continued:
I’ve got hundreds and hundreds of replies and the concomitant thousands and thousands of likes but likes… cannot help you find the person. We don’t have the extra additional information we need about him. I’m asking the British Army, the Ministry of Defence, whoever has the access, to do this amazing thing [and] help us find him.
Posting on Facebook, he said:
Who will help me find Lieutenant James Clark? I am asking for your help in finding a WW2-era Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders officer whose bracelet we recently found with a metal detector here in Israel.
I believe it is our personal duty as human beings to find Lieutenant Clark’s family and give them back the bracelet we found. Just imagine how happy they will be to receive such an amazing memory of him after more than 75 years.
As his military ID number (# 202637) is clearly shown on the bracelet then it should not be too difficult for the right person to make use of it and find any kind of civilian ID numbers belonging to him or names of his relatives and, from there on, it should be much easier to find him or his family. So please, whoever can help in finding Lieutenant Clark’s family, please help me out.
If you have any information that might help, you can contact Gaz Erez via Facebook to help with this incredible discovery.
- Lieutenant James Clark: Facebook