Identity disc worn by Lance-Corporal Albert Haughton, 23rd Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), 1916.
The red disc is stamped with the owner's name, regiment, number and religion (Church of England). Haughton was killed in his battalion's first major action on 15 September 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument to the Missing of the Battle of the Somme. At this point in the war he would probably only have had one identity disc so after its removal his body would have been unidentifiable.
His unit, the 23rd (Service) Battalion (2nd Football) had been formed by W. Joynson Hicks MP in June 1915 and landed in France in May 1916.
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National Army Museum, London
National Army Museum, Battle gallery