This is the email correspondence which included details about the owner of the bracelet. It makes a very good read.
We received a mail from Wayne Morgan with very good news. Are you “our” Reginalds son? If so you and your family become back Reginald’s bracelet that he lost end 1944 or Spring 1945 in his foxhole near the town of Heusden. We think that he was watching the Germans 300 feet to the north on the other side of the river Meuse (Maas). The rest of the story we can tell each other later! Please tell us the story of your father with as many details as possible so we can confirm.
We presume that Reginald is not alive anymore. Since 15 years we try to find him or family. We hope very strong that we have a match!
Greetings and hope to hear from you soon.
Willem-Wouter (my son who found the bracelet) and Will (his father) Dijkstra
Greetings from Canada!
FYI: The email address that you used for me below is not correct – mine is *deleted*
My dad “Reg” (Reginald) was born in Zouterwoude, Holland in 1902 (although his army records show that he was born in 1904), his full name was Reinier Arnold Dirk Hendriksen. He died in 1968 and was buried in Toronto – his name at that time had been changed to Hendrickson. The Canteen pass shows his number as 2582, I understand that the bracelet shows RNA 25.. (Royal Netherlands Army). Oshawa is the town where my family lived just before the start of the war. If this information satisfies you that you have indeed reached the right family, let me know and I will send you additional information regarding my dad and our family.
Greetings from the Netherlands!!!
We cannot express how grateful we are that we found each other. Today is a strange day in relation to our contact because on this day we memorize the death of the Second World War and wars that followed. Tomorrow we celebrate our freedom that was defended by so many at high costs.
We now know for sure that the bracelet can return home. That is exactly what we wanted for so many years. We have deep respect for our liberators!! We started this quest about 15 years ago without results. USA, Canada, Norway, Dutch authorities, veteran organizations, nobody could find “our” soldier. Now we understand why. Reginald changed his name. Of course we want to know everything about Reginald, his life, how he was a military for four years, your family, did you know about the bracelet a.s.o. Otherwise we want to inform you about where and how the bracelet was found. And we want to bring the bracelet back to Reginald. So we want to make plans to come to Canada. To start some pictures of the bracelet.
Some months ago we placed a message on Wikitree. It was picked up by Wayne Morgan and he kept on searching. I understood Wayne placed a message in a magazine for Veterans and that is where you must have been triggered.
Thanks to Wayne!!
We keep in touch and wait for your answer.