THE CARE OF THE DECEASED
The following pictured items are tools that were used during the Second World War for the care
of a fallen Service Member.
Burial Identification Bottle with box, above photo.
This box containing 10 glass bottles was used when conducting a temporary burial in the field. The box
is marked BOTTLE-IDENTIFICATION, BURIAL - STOCK NO. 57-B-1000
The green glass bottle with rubber gasket lid was used to identify the remains of a fallen Service
Member during burial. The green glass bottle allowed a weatherproof and sun resistant barrier for
written contents. Instructions for used are marked on the lid of the issue cardboard box.
Personal Effects Bag, above two photos.
The personal effects bag was used to recover any items found with the deceased. The cloth label has information
needed to be filled out during removal of items: Serial Number, Name, Grade, Organization, Address, Nearest Relative
plus address, Killed in Action or Died of Disease, Date, Hospital, Battle Area, Information, Place of Burial, Point of
Coordination, Description of Body and Members Missing.
An inventory would be made of the removed items for forwarding to the next-of-kin.

The bag pictured on the left is an early style constructed from khaki cotton cloth and the style pictured on the right is
the late war style constructed from dark olive green cotton cloth.