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James W. Willox Papers

Identifier: MS 00218

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Scope and Contents

Diary, 1919, of James W. Willox, a private from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who served in the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force in Iraq during World War I.

Primarily contains photographs from Willox's time in Iraq, including photographs of himself, his fellow soldiers, captured Iraqi soldiers, and native Iraqis performing their daily activities in Bahgdad. There are also photographs of buildings, a wedding, a soldier from India, among many others. Many of the photographs have a short description.

There are also diary entries, primarily from January 1919, which ended when Willox was "fed up of keeping diary." Also includes a postcard and a letter that Willox wrote to his parents, as well as an undated newspaper clipping which states that Willox died of pneumonia in a British hospital.

There are also seven newspaper issues from 1918 to 1919, including issues of the Baghdad Times, the Basrah Times, and The Arab. Some of the issues are in English while other issues are in Arabic.


  • Creation: 1918-1919


Language of Materials

English Arabic

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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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Armed Conflicts & the Military in the Special Collections Research Center

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Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in November 2012.

Guide to the James W. Willox Papers
Benjamin Bromley
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository