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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wilkinson
Title
WILKINSON, Col Alexander Camac (1892-1983)
Date(s)
1906-1983
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 boxes or 0.03 cubic metres

Context

Name of creator(s)

Wilkinson, Alexander Camac, 1892-1983, Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1892; educated, Eton College, [1906-1907]; Coldstream Guards, 1917; 99 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt during World War Two, 1939-1945; Head of British Military Government, Graz, Steiermark, Austria, 1945; died, 1983.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Box passed to the Centre, 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Col Alexander Camac Wilkinson, 1906-1983, including appointment diary, 1931; typescript memoir, 'Fun and games and narrow squeaks' relating to Wilkinson's early cricketing and military career; account of service with 1 Company, 2 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1917, with trench map, Bourlon; an account by Wilkinson as regimental Cdr of 99 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt's role in Operation HONKER, before the capture of Rome, providing smoke screens across all river crossings to protect Royal Engineers who were constructing bridges; letter on Wilkinson's thoughts on post-war Imperial development and reconstruction, 1943; letters from Wilkinson to his aunt, written from Eton, 1906-1907; social and personal correspondence, 1945-1983; correspondence relating to business and charity; correspondence and press cuttings relating to reunions, notably a visit to Graz, 1970, capital of Austrian province of Steiermark, where Wilkinson was Head of British Military Government, 1945; citation (with translation) and press cuttings relating to the presentation of an Austrian decoration to Wilkinson, 1977; photocopy of citations for Wilkinson's military decorations, with covering letter from the Ministry of Defence, 1982; maps of North West Europe, Texas and London; notes on an old cricketing friend in Australia, Jack Massie; note of thanks from Peter Thwaites, Imperial War Museum, 1980, relating to the loan for copying of an account dealing with incendiary bombs, World War Two; artefacts including an empty presentation box, with inscription to Wilkinson from 99 LAA Regt on his marriage, 1947; empty DSO medal case and Austrian medal, in original case.

System of arrangement

Original order

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

Summary guide entry online at , and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Notes

Note

Decorations: MC with Bar, GM and DSO.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

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Date(s) of descriptions

June 2003

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Subjects

  • Awards
  • International conflicts
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Medals
  • Military engineering
  • Military government
  • Military logistics
  • Military operations
  • Operation Honker (1944)
  • Political systems
  • Social behaviour
  • Social norms
  • Sport
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Wilkinson, Alexander Camac, 1892-1983, Colonel
  • Wilkinson, Alexander Camac, 1892-1983, Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Eton College, public school

Places

  • Bourlon, France
  • Graz, Austria
  • London, England
  • Northern Europe
  • Texas, USA, North America

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