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"The Mud Larks of the Meuse at Dinner".

Menu card with drawings and, on reverse, numerous signatures including those of some members of Section Sanitaire Anglaise No. 2 (SSA2),

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Menu card

As final item "Gateau Wilson" and on reverse, some signatures including those of some members of SSA2

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"Blackburn's Journey to the Rhine".

Single hand-written sheet listing towns passed through or stayed at during James Blackburn Wilson's advance with the 8th Black Watch, to the German border. [See also MS 82P/7-9].

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Miscellaneous correspondence. c.1889-1919, (440-477).

Includes: (441-449) Letters and cards from James Wilson, woollen manufacturer, to James Blackburn Wilson and to "My Dear Bairns three" mainly from Junior Constitutional Club, London. Subjects are personal and include exhortations to behave well and study hard at school work. c.1892-1893. (450-460) Letters from James Blackburn Wilson at [Dollar], Woodham Ferris and Felixstowe to his brother Alexander [in Germany], 1904. Letters contain mainly news of James Blackburn Wilson's activities including gardening, walking and playing football and cricket. [See also MS 82/4/1]. (461-470) Letters [9] to "My Dear Old Wullie" (James Blackburn Wilson) from "Rochan" (Ronald Preston) serving with Section Sanitaire Anglaise No. 2, or from Weybridge. Mainly concerns news of himself and of Section Sanitaire Anglaise No. 2, April 1917 - January 1919. (471) Postcard, 28 March 1918, Gidea Park Essex, James Blackburn Wilson to Agnes McNeil Wilson, Alva. Personal news. [Photocopy: See MS 82/9/4(410) for original]. (472) Postcard, [Kitchener Hospital, Brighton], James Blackburn Wilson to James Wilson, MacAlpines Homes Glasgow. Expresses pleasure that James Wilson is making progress. [Photocopy: see MS 82/9/4(411) for original]. 473-475) Letters, 29 April 1925, 28 May 1925, and 13 May 1927, from James W. Blackwood, Kilmarnock, to James Blackburn Wilson regarding Blackwood's researches into the history of the Primrose family. (476) 2 June 1925, Edinburgh, William Primrose Wilson to James Blackburn Wilson. Concerns the birth of a son to Alexander Steven Wilson: also comments on the current state of the woollen trade.

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Copy transcript of diary of James Blackburn Wilson.

Details daily life and duties, with descriptions of areas in which Wilson is based. Some pages have photographs pasted on reverse [with copy print and negative of photograph of James Blackburn Wilson]. [58pp] [This diary is based on a transcript of letters contained in MS 82/6/3-5].

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Letters from James Blackburn Wilson serving with Section Sanitaire Anglaise No. 2 of the French Red Cross, no.(136-199) 22 October 1916 - 18 April 1917

The correspondence is mainly to Wilson's parents in Alva (also to P[rimrose], N[ancy] and S[andy]) and describes his daily life and duties, including comments on military action and giving descriptions of the areas in which he is based. Includes (197) letter, 15 April 1917, Weybridge, to James Blackburn Wilson from Susie Preston, sister of "Rochan" (Ronald Preston) enclosing a knife which has been engraved. Also (143) "Verdun Heroes Honoured", a cutting from The Continental Daily Mail. n.d.

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Letters from James Blackburn Wilson to his family while he was serving with the British Army, (201-253) 8 May 1917 - 16 October 1917.

(201-253) 8 May 1917 - 16 October 1917. During service as a Private with "A" Company, 2nd Artists' Rifles OTC, Hare Hall Camp, Romford, Essex. Includes (214) "Programme of the Grand Fete in aid of the Artists' Rifles V.A.D. Hospital; Hare Hall Camp, 2 June 1917".

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Letters from James Blackburn Wilson to his family while he was serving with the British Army, (320-359) 13 June 1918 - 6 October 1918.

During service with the 5th Reserve Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Galashiels, June and July 1918, and with the 7th Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders at the Highland Territorial Force (Reserve) Brigade, Officers' Instructional Camp, Dreghorn, near Edinburgh, July - October 1918.

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Letters from James Blackburn Wilson to his family while he was serving with the British Army, (360-443) 11 October 1918 - 22 February 1919

During service with the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (mainly attached to the 8th Black Watch) in France and Belgium, October - December 1918, and during a period of illness and convalescence at Kitchener Hospital, Brighton, December 1918 - February 1919. Also includes: (412) 2 January, 1919, Alfred Hougardy to James Blackburn Wilson. Offers good wishes and hopes for Wilson's recovery together with news of himself and his own family. (407) 3 January, 1919, Private J.G. Pottinger, 8th Black Watch, to James Blackburn Wilson. Gives news of himself and the 8th Battalion and hopes for Wilson's recovery. (422) 20 January, 1919, Zettie Preston, Weybridge, to James Blackburn Wilson. Gives news of family and invites Wilson to pay a visit to Weybridge. (423) Newspaper cutting, "Flour by the sack: One per house Allowed", The Daily Mail, 24 January 1919. (436) Newspaper cutting, "A Goose-Year" by J.C. Bristow-Noble, in unidentified newspaper, n.d. (439) 12 February, 1919, "Rochan" (Ronald Preston), to "My Dear Old Wullie" (James Blackburn Wilson). Gives news of demobilization.

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Correspondence between Wilson and Lunzer Families.

Dorothea Lunzer of Graz, Austria, met Mrs [Isobel] Wilson and her son Peter at Dollar in 1932. Following up Peter's interest in stamp collecting, it was agreed that he should exchange letters with Frau Lunzer's cousin Hans Gerd. The first letters from Hans Gerd were in German, but by December 1934 he was writing in English. [Some letters also contained notes by Frau Lunzer to Mrs Wilson]. Hans Gerd's letters expressed a strong interest in outdoor pursuits such as cycling and skiing. In 1936 he was finishing Intermediate School and planning to go to Medical School. By early 1938, Hans Gerd, now a medical student, was demonstrating in sympathy with Hitler; and he welcomed the Anschlu223 when it came. By the end of the year he was doing welfare work for the party, but in 30 January 1939 he wrote that "often I wish to be an English or American. I think it's more freedom in these countries". He was worried by the threat of war, and was losing valuable medical study time to politics, but he still continued to have faith in Hitler. In 1947, Frau [Von] Lunzer wrote from Vienna mentioning that Hans Gerd was a prisoner-of-war in Yugoslavia.

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Life as a medical student

Huge pro-Nazi demonstration, followed by demonstration of students in which Hans Gerd participated.

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