A POST Office worker who found a soldier’s Bible lying on a county beach has launched an appeal to find its owner.

Dana Hunter was walking along the shore front at about 2pm yesterday (Thursday) when she stumbled across the religious book in Prestonpans.

Dana, 30, found the bible lying on a bench after spotting the package wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string.

An inscription inside the book states the book belongs to a Private Thomas Wilson, who was a member of the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots regiment.

The scrawled handwriting also includes the word “son” and the name NCO Robert Hendry Wilson. The inscription also includes the dates 1942-1988.

Dana, who works in the local Post Office, has now launched an appeal to find the Bible’s rightful owner and is keeping it at her workplace until they can be found.

The mum-of-two said: “I had just finished my shift and was getting some air before heading home when I spotted it.

"The Bible was just sitting on a bench at the beach front in Prestonpans.

“It looks very old and was all wrapped up in brown paper and string and just laying on the bench.

“I would love to find the rightful owner as it looks like a family heirloom what with the personal writing inside.”

Dana, from Prestonpans, added there was no date to be found in the Bible and she had also taken a picture of the area where she found the book.

She added: “The Bible looks like it belonged to a soldier called Pte Thomas Wilson and has then been handed down to his son Robert Hendry.

“I am thinking it was then passed down to another generation of the family and has been misplaced.

“I wasn’t sure what it was at first but when I unwrapped it and saw how old the Bible was I knew I could not just leave it there as the weather might have turned and it could have been damaged.

“I am just hoping I can get it returned to the family as they must be really missing it. The Bible must have huge sentimental value to the family.”