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The Papers of Gerald Wilkinson

 Fonds
Reference Code: GBR/0014/WILK

Scope and Contents

The Wilkinson Papers include three war journals, official telegrams and several files of official correspondence, and provide an extremely valuable record of British Intelligence in the Far East in the Second World War.

Dates

  • 1942 - 1975

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Sections of series 3, 5 and 6 of the Wilkinson Papers are closed: see individual files for details. The remainder of the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Gerald Wilkinson was born on 31 January 1909, at Mount Abu, Rajputana, India, the son of Stella and Hugh Wilkinson of the Indian Civil Service. He was educated at Copthorne School and Winchester College, from 1922 to 1928, then studied accountancy, joining the Northern Assurance Company. In 1931 he married (1st) Lorna Davies: they had two children, born 1933 and 1936; then following his divorce from Lorna Wilkinson, he married Mariana Ashforth in 1951.

In 1934 Wilkinson joined Theo H. Davies and Company Limited, of Honolulu, becoming manager of the Philippine branch in 1935, and directing a large expansion and diversification of the company. In about 1940 (or possibly earlier), Wilkinson's career took a new turn, when he reported for M.I.6 from the Philippines on Japanese developments, and in December 1941 he became the Prime Minister's liaison officer with General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in the South-West Pacific Area. Wilkinson served on the island of Corregidor and in Australia, being promoted to the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He left the Pacific in 1943 and served with British Security Co-ordination, New York [United States] until 1945. Following the war, Wilkinson returned to the Philippines in 1946 to rebuild the Davies operations, and became President of T. H. Davies and Company, Far East Limited, in 1947, then Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of T. H. Davies Limited in 1962, with headquarters in Honolulu and Manila.

Wilkinson died in London on 2 July 1965. His awards include: United States Legion of Merit (1943); O.B.E (1945); C.B.E. (1957).

Extent

8 archive box(es)

Language of Materials

English

Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of G. H. Wilkinson were given to the Archives Centre in December 1974 by his son Rupert Wilkinson. The original of the first war journal (WILK 1/1) was given to the College in May 1976 by Mrs Mariana Berry.

General

This finding aid was converted from an existing catalogue by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2004.

Date information

DateText: The majority of files date from 1942-45.

Originator(s)

Wilkinson, Gerald Hugh

Date
2004-06-11 10:24:47.653000+00:00
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Contact:
Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.