Private Papers of Field Marshal Wilson of Libya

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by Tom OBrien, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi,

    I've been wondering if Field Marshal Wilson left any personal papers that are accessible for researchers? Sadly it seems that his son (the 2nd Baron of Libya?) died a few years back and left no living descendants. I imagine that the Field Marshal's wartime papers have disappeared further into the surviving larger family unless at that point they were donated to another organisation.

    I've tried the Royal Greenjacket Museum in Winchester but they don't have them. Anyone have better ideas

    Regards

    Tom
     
  2. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Have you tried the Liddell Hart Centre at King's College, London?

    FdeP
     
  3. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've looked at their online catalogue but I couldn't find any references to Wilson - well, no more than a couple of letters IIRC.

    I will speak to them next week though, and see if they have heard anything about what happened to them.

    Regards

    Tom
     
  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I think they have a lot of correspondence betweem Jumbo and Alanbrooke, but I have no idea how extensive it is.
     
  5. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    The National Archives has a database of repositories of personal papers - you can reach it via their search engine. It has highlighted things for me like papers held in county record offices. Or ask the IWM?
     
  6. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Phil,

    Good idea to look at the National Archives website - thanks. I've sent an e-mail to Suffolk Record Office as I think that is where the family were based.

    And I came across a great list of their military archives as well which look like they would be of interest to many on here - loads for 1940 for example.

    http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/23-WW2-2016-08-10.pdf

    Regards

    Tom
     

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