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WILSON, Col Thomas Henry (1904-1999)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Wilson T H
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: WILSON, Col Thomas Henry (1904-1999)
Date(s): 1940-1946
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes (0.02 cubic metres)
Name of creator(s): Wilson | Thomas Henry | 1904-1999 | Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1904; MB, BS, University of London, 1930; joined Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Army) Lt 1930; Capt 1935; Lt Col 1939; Head of Surgical Division, 21st General Hospital, British Expeditionary Force, Feb-May 1940; captured at Boulogne, France, 25 May 1940; transferred to Camiers, 31 May 1940; transferred to Lille, 3 Jul 1940, transferred to Enghien, 6 Oct 1940; transferred to Sondershausen, Germany, 8 Nov 1940; Senior British Medical Officer, Hildburghausen, Germany, Dec 1940-Feb 1943; transferred to Oflag IXA/H, Germany, Feb-Mar 1943; Senior British Medical Officer, Lamsdorf and Bevier (Stalag VIIIB/344), Germany, Mar 1943-Mar 1945; Senior British Medical Officer, Memmingen, (Stalag 7B), Germany, Mar-Apr 1945; liberated at Memmingen, 26 Apr 1945; Consultant Surgeon, Eastbourne Hospital, 1946-c.1970; Col 1955; died 1999.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Colonel Thomas Henry Wilson on service as Medical Officer, 1940-1945, particularly as Head of the Surgical Division, 21st General Hospital, British Expeditionary Force, France, Feb-May 1940 and as Senior British Medical Officer at Prisoner of War camps at Hildburghausen, Germany, Dec 1940 - Feb 1943, Lamsdorf and Bevier, Germany, (Stalag VIIIB later renamed Stalag 344), Germany, Mar 1943-Mar 1945 and Memmingen (Stalag 7B) Germany, Mar-Apr 1945; includes diaries Feb 1940-Aug 1941 and Jan-Apr 1945; Field Message Book containing copies of orders as officer commanding 21st General Hospital, May 1940 and diary notes 3-12 July 1940; notebook containing details of medical and support staff at Boulogne, Hildinghausen, Lamsdorf and Bevier, register of letters and parcels in and out, correspondence on pay of prisoners of war, orders for evacuation of Stalag 344, copies of recommendations for honours and awards, 1940-1945; file containing medical notes and cuttings from medical journals on head and chest wounds, tetanus, amputations and the fitting of artificial limbs, blood transfusions, local infiltration anaesthesia, treatment of burns, the destruction of lice, gas casualties; clinical notes and X-rays of patients; correspondence on repatriated patients, 1940-1945; notebook containing Daily Orders issued by Wilson as Senior British Medical Officer, Kgf. Lazarett, Stalag 344, Germany, Jan-Mar 1945; also file containing typescript account of war service, 1940-1945 (3pp), commentary [by Wilson] on working of 21st General Hospital, BEF, Boulogne, May 1940, with recommendations for honours and awards and report by Wilson on Stalag VIIB, Memmingen, Germany; photographs of medical staff and patients at Stalag VIIB/344 Lamsdorf; Wilson's identity cards and passes; file of personal and financial papers, 1940-45; imitation German pass stamp made from shoe leather.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English, some German

System of arrangement:

Papers sorted by Arthur Weston, wartime contemporary of Col. Wilson

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by family, Nov 2000

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Times and Daily Telegraph obituaries, Army Lists. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 2000