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Travel diaries of George Williams

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 53

Scope and Contents

Diaries of visits made by George Williams to Canada, North Africa and the Middle East, with correspondence regarding the Williams family and the gift of the collection to the R.C.S.


  • Creation: 1921 - 1986


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Biographical / Historical

George Howard Williams (1893-1975) was born on 6 February 1893. His father, Howard Williams, was one of five sons of Sir George Williams. Sir George (1821-1905) joined the drapery firm of Hitchcock and Rogers, and became a partner in what became Hitchcock, Williams & Co. In 1844 he founded the Young Men's Christian Association, and he was active in many movements for social and moral welfare. G.H. Williams spent a brief time at Haileybury before he entered the family firm. From 1914 to 1919 he served in the R.A.M.C. He became a sergeant in 1915, and served in Mesopotamia in 1916. Williams travelled extensively, both for business and pleasure. He died on 13 December 1975.


.01 cubic metre(s) (1 archive box) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 11c99W

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Museum of London, January 1985. The papers were part of a collection given to the Museum in August 1984 by Hitchcock, Williams & Co. Ltd.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes postcards and photographs relating to Williams' visits, Y304H-L, Y3041D and Y3062I.

Related Materials

The Imperial War Museum holds diaries kept by G.H. Williams during the First World War.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Williams, George Howard, 1893-1975, businessman

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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