Soldier Returns Dog Tag Lost By Heartbroken Mother

The grieving mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq has had one of her son's lost dog tags returned to her after appealing for help to find them.

Anne, the mother of Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington, was training to scale the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in her son's memory when she lost his tags, along with a St Christopher pendant.

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment soldier, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, died at the age of 22 in a "tragic accident" last month.

He was the first British soldier to die in Iraq since 2009.

Soldier Returns Dog Tag Lost By Heartbroken Mother
Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was repatriated to the UK

However, according to the Harrogate Advertiser, Corporal Ashley Cheetham found one of the dog tags over 40 miles from where she lost them.

The soldier was training his son on a tennis court in Harrogate when he found the tag.

He initially thought it could belong to an Army recruit but then came across the appeal from Anne on the Manchester Evening News website.

Mr Cheetham went back to the tennis club to search for the other tag and the pendant but could not find them. Anne told the paper:

"Neither of us have any idea how the tag found its way there. I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out that someone had got in touch."

"I started crying. I felt gutted when I lost the tags and the pendant, like I had lost Scott again, and that I had let him down. I want to thank Ashley and the person who found the tag in the first place. I would love to hear from whoever did so that I can thank them, but also find out the exact location it was found to help trace the other tag and the pendant."

“If someone could help me find them, it would help to fill a hole in my heart and make me feel better, like I have not let him down as much. The pendant is very precious because it belonged to my mother, and she gave it to Scott when he was 11 and joined the army cadets. He took it everywhere with him."

Anne is asking for anyone with information to contact the Manchester Evening Newsdesk on 0161 2112340 or newsdesk@men-news.co.uk

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