Wootton Diary Vertical File Manuscript, 1915-1924 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
British clergyman's diary, unsigned, covering several months in 1915-1916 and a trip through the Middle East in 1924. Genealogical notes at the end of the diary indicate that the author's surname was Wootton, but his first name remains unknown. His wife's name was Ada. The first section (18 pp.) covers the author's return from India in October, 1915, and his path to securing a chaplaincy, through January, 1916. The author later mentions serving at Abbeville, France, for five months in 1917. The second section (75 pp.) depicts a journey in April, 1924 (year determined from internal evidence), from India to England, by ship, train, and automobile, passing through Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and France. The author describes in detail his visits to Baghdad, Damascus, Jerusalem and other Holy Land sites, and Cairo, including a visit to the Egyptian Museum to see the newly exhibited artifacts of Tutankhamen.
Also includes two World War I medals on ribbons, and a one-page note on mileage from Karachi.