Fonds F0096 - James Anderson-Wilson fonds

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James Anderson-Wilson fonds


  • 1909-1972, predominant 1943-1957 (Creation)

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19 cm of textual records. -- 23 photographs

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James Anderson-Wilson, 1896-1985, grew up in Calgary, Alberta but was educated in Scotland. He joined the 103rd Calgary Rifles in 1912, was a sergeant at the outbreak of First World War, and served in the RFC and RAF in 1918. He worked in Winnipeg for a number of years, and in 1930 rejoined the militia. At the outbreak of Second World War he was adjutant of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, and was its commander overseas in 1942. He returned to Winnipeg to the Reformed Winnipeg Grenadiers and commanded the 15th Canadian Combat Team in the Aleutian Islands in 1942-1943. After his discharge he joined the British Foreign Service holding the equivalent rank of Major General. He was awarded a military OBE in 1946. He returned to Canada in 1971. He was married twice, first to Elsie Vera Zieman of Toronto, and secondly to Noreen Milner Greenyer of Sussex, England. There were no children. His wife, Noreen, bought the Manors of Ashwellthorpe and Wreningham, Norfolk, England in 1943. He retired to Grenada, West Indies.

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Gift of Estate of Col. James Anderson-Wilson, 1981-1985.

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The fonds consists of military career records: Aleutian Islands operations records (1943-1945); standing orders (1944-1945); invitations, certificates and awards (1914, 1932-1950s); and newsclippings. Includes title deeds and correspondence regarding the manors (1943-1972); correspondence, minutes and notes from meetings while in the British Foreign Service (1947-1950); photographs of military career and property in England (1913-1950s); and miscellaneous family records (1909).

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      The material is in English.

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      Further records of J. Anderson-Wilson are held by the Archives, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

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      Title based on contents of records.


      NA 4902 is a copy of PA 2822-1.


      His military artifacts are in Military History.

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      Thursday, December 21, 2017




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