A Swansea gardener is hoping to trace a D-Day soldier after unearthing his wartime dog tags in a flower bed.

Barrie Jones, 52, spotted the American GI's metal identity discs in the soil as he built a wall.

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Thousands of American soldiers were based near his home in Swansea during World War Two as they prepared to invade occupied Europe in 1944.

American GIs camped in the area for months while training for the D-Day landings 70 years ago.

It turned out to be a GI dog tag belonging to a T. Carethers from Detroit, Michigan. I was amazed that such an item was lying here all these years - so I set about trying to find out more to reunite it with him or his family. I have contacted various groups and museums but I have drawn a blank.

Barrie Jones says he has tried to make contact but been unsuccessful

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It had become a wide and unofficial practice of many young GIs to give their dog tags to their newfound friends as mementoes of heart-felt bonds of friendship.

Mr Jones hopes he can reunite the dog tags with the soldier who left them behind or any family he still has.

I just think that it would be nice for the family to have it. It's not going to do me any good just sat on the shelf so if there's a museum that wants it they can have it - but I would rather it go to his family.