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Wartime carving visited by soldier's US relatives
RELATIVES of an American soldier who carved his name into a tree on Salisbury Plain while stationed in the area during the Second World War have travelled from Pennsylvania to see the carvings thanks to an army captain from Tidworth who tracked them down.
Captain Wayne Price came across the carvings near his home in Furze Hill Road while walking his dogs, and decided to track down soldier William Shaffer, who had carved his name, as well as his nickname, Peck, into the bark.
Capt Price has been in the army for 27 years and spends his spare time tracing soldiers from the two world wars.
“I try to track down anyone who might still be alive on the internet,” he said. “I’ve found quite a few people.
“With this one it was the nickname that led me to find William Shaffer.”
Last year Capt Price managed to track down the soldier’s grandson, Michael, from Miami, who was overcome with emotion when he came to see the tree with his partner in November.
And on Tuesday, the soldier’s son, Donald, and daughter, Darlene Duttry, went to see the tree with Capt Price.
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