Soldier's Stone, Penycloddiau hillfort

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Soldier's Stone, Penycloddiau hillfort

During Summer 2008 archaeologists from Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) were carrying out archaeological survey work on a possible Bronze Age burial mound found on Penycloddiau Hillfort in north east Wales as part of the Heather and Hillforts Project.
When carrying out the survey work, archaeologists discovered an inscribed stone. The message read: Carlyle D Chamberlain, Canadian Army, Prospect, Kentucky, USA.
Research found that he was born in Glengary, Ontario and that his father, Theodore Chamberlain, was living in Prospect, Kentucky. He was born on March 9th 1893 and enlisted on the 5th August 1918 as a private.
After research and help from the local press, the BBC and the media overseas, Chamberlain's grandson was tracked down; David Chamberlain in Crestview, Florida.
He expressed amazement at the Welsh discovery and had an explanation for why the carved stone was found so far from the Canadian army camp where his grandfather was stationed: "Hiking was his obsession," said David Chamberlain, describing how his grandfather- who worked as a Louisville police officer after the war- was a founder of the city's outdoors club in the 1920s and an avid birdwatcher. Photo:CPAT

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