George E. Wilson World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Consists of one pocket diary, 3.5 by 5.5 inches, covering the period from January to June, 1919. Wilson served as private first class cook and guard in the 203rd Company of the 102nd Military Police Battalion, stationed in Paris. Diary includes entries describing daily routine, including meals prepared as mess cook; recounting latest rumors from peace talks; describing sights seen in Paris; and describing punishment for various breaches of discipline, including minor fights and violations of dress code.
Also includes honorable discharge document, in leather holder; one unidentified photograph, presumably of Wilson; one postcard showing the entrance to the camp where Wilson was billeted; and one packet of souvenir color postcards from Camp Lee in Petersburg, Virginia.