WEARING IDENTITY DISCS
During the First World War, the army came to realise the importance of issuing two identity discs to each person so one could remain with a body and the other be collected for record keeping. In the Second World War, the identity disc remained the primary, and frequently only, method of being able to identify the dead. It was noted in various General Routine Orders (GRO) that not wearing identity discs would be treated as a breach of discipline and all units were ordered to periodically check (in intervals of no more than three months) that discs were being correctly worn and had been correctly marked. Disc No. 1 was worn around the neck on a piece of cord, with Disc No. 2 attached to it with a shorter length of cord.