Darren Tremlett is looking for the family of a Second World war sailor after finding his whistle
Darren Tremlett, 46, picked up the silver heirloom while exploring with his metal detector in seven-acre High Patch at Churchill, Somerset.
It was engraved with the name R.L Hogarth and after some research Mr Tremlett identified him as Lt Richard Lane Hogarth.
He discovered that he was killed aged 25 when his motor-torpedo boat 211 was attacked in Normandy on July 19, 1944 – six weeks after D-Day.
Mr Tremlett identified that the silver heirloom belonged to Richard Lane Hogarth who died in 1944 Then and Now: D-Day landings 72 years on Mon, June 6, 2016
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He is buried at Haslar military cemetary in Gosport, Hants – but was originally from Churchill, close to where his whistle was found 73 years after his death.
Mr Tremlett found that he was the youngest son of William Robert and Esther Hogarth but has since struggled to find his relatives to return the whistle to his family.
Mr Tremlett, whose son Mikey is only a year younger than Lt Hogarth was when he died, said: “It was very exciting finding out who it belonged to.
He is buried at Haslar military cemetary in Gosport, Hants but was originally from Churchill
“I have had a bit of help to find out his age and how he got killed on a boat in Normandy.
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It was very exciting finding out who it belonged to
“I even found a picture of his gravestone. It's fantastic.”
In his bid to reunite the whistle with the Hogarth family, Mr Tremlett has gone back to Churchill in his spare time and asked locals.
Mr Tremlett is looking for his relatives so that he can return the whistle to the family
But after drawing a blank he has now taken to contacting people on Facebook of the same name.
Mr Tremlett, a builder and father-of-four from Bristol, added: “When I found the whistle I didn't know he was from Churchill.
“It makes sense it was found where he was brought up, where he lived.“
Churchill was listed as Lt Hogarth's home address in newspaper obituaries.
Mr Tremlett said: “He got torpedoed on a boat – he could have lost it in the woods. I don't know what he was doing in there, it could have fallen out of his pocket.
“I'd like it, if it happened to me, if someone said 'I've got your uncle's wallet' or something. I just want to get it back to the family.”