Object of the month

Object of the month – September 2018

In conjunction with Down County Museum and Ballykinlar History Hut, our Object of the Month for September 2018 is this dog tag (NIWM:2017.2148).

Belonging to a William J. Wolfe, it was found under the floor boards of one of the 1900s period timber ‘Armstrong’ huts at Ballykinlar Army Barracks as it was being dismantled in the 1990s.

Unfortunately, we have only a little more information regarding William. He was from Cook County, Chicago, Illinois and on the 16th April 1941, aged 22, he was drafted into the Panama Canal Department of the US Army.

We don’t know what unit he served with, how he or his dogtag came to be at Ballykinlar or even if he survived the war.  Perhaps some of you may be able to help us?

A reconstruction of one of the timber ‘Armstrong’ huts will be recreated in the central courtyard of Down County Museum and made open to the public in September 2019.  It will tell the stories of the huts numerous and varied occupants throughout its many periods of use.

More info regarding the Hut Project can be found at Down County Museum and Ballykinlar History Hut.

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