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World War Two veteran's dog tags found in Kelowna, returned to daughter by RCMP

A resident turned in some dog tags found in Kelowna to RCMP, which tracked down the veteran's daughter to return them.
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November 06, 2020 - 10:33 AM

Kelowna police have reunited a Calgary woman with her veteran father's lost dog tags. 

A local man found the Royal Canadian Air Force dog tags near the intersection of Highway 33 and Dougall Road North in Kelowna Aug. 25, according to an RCMP release.

The tags were turned in to the RCMP, where an officer began the investigation to locate the soldier. 

A staff member at the Kelowna War Museum determined that the name on the tag was "John Kenneth Dalgliesh."

J.K. Dalgliesh served in the European theatre in the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator with heavy bombers. Following the war, he served as a Squadron Leader and Training Command Legal Officer in Weyburn, Saskatchewan through to 1961.

In 1966 he was transferred to Esquimalt as a Wing Commander and Judge Advocate General for the Western Region.

Dalgliesh and his family lived on and off in the Kelowna area, where he was buried in 1981.

The RCMP officer located Dalgliesh's daughter, a Calgary resident, and returned the tags. The family doesn’t know how or when his dog tags were lost, but his daughter was happy to have them back.

"In the scope of our responsibilities as police officers, this file doesn’t seem like a 'big deal,'" Kelowna RCMP Supt. Kara Triance said in a release. "But being able to return a part of a family’s history to them is a small act of kindness that brightens everyone’s day—especially as we approach Remembrance Day. We commend our officer for his dedication on this investigation, and we’d like to thank our partners at the Kelowna War Museum for all their assistance."

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