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Collection Number: 05420

Collection Title: Henry Tracy Lilly World War I Scrapbooks, circa 1920

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Abstract Henry Tracy Lilly was born in Alabama in 1897 and attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., graduating in 1918. During World War I, he served with Base Hospital #65, which was organized in North Carolina in 1917 and arrived at the Kerhuon Hospital Center near Brest, France, in 1918. Following the war, he returned to Davidson College where he was an English professor, 1926-1966. Lilly died in 1973 and was buried in Davidson. The collection consists of two scrapbooks containing photographs documenting Lilly's military service in World War I. Each scrapbook has numerous photographs taken at the Kerhoun Hospital Center. Included are photographs of building interiors and exteriors, general hospital grounds, the surrounding landscape, and the hospital cemetary. Other photographs show soldiers, hospital staff, and the arrival of injured soldiers from the front lines. The scrapbooks also contain photographs of the British front lines near Rheims, France; remnants of battles, including bombed-out buildings, tanks and airplanes, abandoned trenches, and the bodies of German soldiers in the field. The scrapbooks also document Lilly's extensive travels throughout France during the war to places such as Quimper, the Cote d'Azur, Lille, the Forest of Argonne, Paris, Versailles, and Boulogne, and to locations in England and Scotland. Many of the photographs have captions that give location information. One scrapbook also contains a page of detailed statistics about the Kerhoun Hospital Center, including the number of staff at the hospital and total hospital capacity.
Creator Lilly, Henry Tracy, 1897-1973.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Henry Tracy Lilly World War I Scrapbooks #5420, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Edward G. Lilly Jr. and Nancy Cobb Lilly of Raleigh, N.C., in May 2009 (Acc. 101100).
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Henry Tracy Lilly was born in Alabama in 1897 and attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., graduating in 1918. During World War I, he served with Base Hospital #65, which was organized in North Carolina in 1917 and arrived at the Kerhuon Hospital Center near Brest, France, in 1918. Following the war, he returned to Davidson College where he was an English professor, 1926-1966. Lilly died in 1973 and was buried in Davidson.

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The collection consists of two scrapbooks containing photographs documenting Lilly's military service in World War I. Each scrapbook has numerous photographs taken at the Kerhoun Hospital Center. Included are photographs of building interiors and exteriors, general hospital grounds, the surrounding landscape, and the hospital cemetary. Other photographs show soldiers, hospital staff, and the arrival of injured soldiers from the front lines. The scrapbooks also contain photographs of the British front lines near Rheims, France; remnants of battles, including bombed-out buildings, tanks and airplanes, abandoned trenches, and the bodies of German soldiers in the field. The scrapbooks also document Lilly's extensive travels throughout France during the war to places such as Quimper, the Cote d'Azur, Lille, the Forest of Argonne, Paris, Versailles, and Boulogne, and to locations in England and Scotland. Many of the photographs have captions that give location information. One scrapbook also contains a page of detailed statistics about the Kerhoun Hospital Center, including the number of staff at the hospital and total hospital capacity.

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2 items.
Photograph Album PA-5420/1

Scrapbook, circa 1920 #05420, Series: "Henry Tracy Lilly World War I Scrapbooks, circa 1920." PA-5420/1

Mostly photographs of Kerhuon Hospital Center and the surrounding area, but also including photographs taken during trips to Paris, Versailles, England, and Scotland. The scrapbook also contains one page of statistical information about the Center, including the number of staff at the hospital, total capacity, and other related information.

Photograph Album PA-5420/2

Scrapbook, circa 1920 #05420, Series: "Henry Tracy Lilly World War I Scrapbooks, circa 1920." PA-5420/2

Photographs that captions indicate were taken by another person, along with photographs taken by Lilly. Photographs by another person include battle scenes, aerial photographs, military figures, and German and Allied airplanes and artillery. Photographs taken by Lilly document his travels through France and England.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Martin Gengenbach, August 2011

Encoded by: Martin Gengenbach, August 2011

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