War find leads to Stourport hunt for relatives

Metal detecting enthusiasts have found a wartime identification plate on a north Devon beach and believe it belonged to the father of a Stourport woman.

In February, Paul Fordham and his six-year-old daughter Maya were scanning a beach near their home in Barnstaple.

It was an area used during the Second World War for D-Day preparation, testing of weapons and training by UK and US troops.

One of the items found and collected by the pair was a metal plate, which they initially thought nothing of and stored in a scrap metal box.

Several months after the find, Mr Fordham and his daughter cleaned the plate and discovered the words “S.B.Whitten S.LT. R.N.V.R.”

War find leads to Stourport hunt for relatives