Far from Home: A Memoir of a Twentieth-century Soldier

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University of Calgary Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 374 pages
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Far From Home recounts the life of a soldier who grew up in 1920s Calgary and became an officer in the Canadian army who travelled the world. Williams offers a vivid retelling of growing up in Calgary during the depression. Following the outbreak of war in 1939, Williams was sent to England as an untrained, but enthusiastic, amateur member of the Canadian army. During his thirty-three years in the army, Williams experienced wars in Europe and Korea and served in Canada, Germany, the United States, and England. With an uncanny memory, Williams tells tales of meeting various famous and unknown people of the twentieth century, including the Royal Family, John Diefenbaker, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, among others. Williams transition from "the most untrained officer in the army" to an army officer at home in the Pentagon, along with the culture shock of moving from a relatively simple upbringing to the sophisticated life of an international officer, is told with great humour and rare insight into the human side of the military life.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Boyhood
1
Chapter 2 School
22
Chapter 3 Bowness
37
Chapter 4 Outdoor Life
51
Chapter 5 High School
60
Chapter 6 Air
69
Chapter 7 Growing Up
85
Chapter 8 Amateur Soldiers
114
Chapter 15 Staff Course
217
Chapter 16 France
227
Chapter 17 Winter
243
Chapter 18 1945
256
Chapter 19 Peacetime
275
Chapter 20 Korea
282
Chapter 21 Washington
310
Chapter 22 Germany
319

Chapter 9 Calgary
128
Chapter 10 To England
142
Chapter 11 Aldershot
152
Chapter 12 Regimental Duty
164
Chapter 13 Divisional Headquarters
175
Chapter 14 On the Fringe of War
187
Chapter 23 Canada
329
Chapter 24 London
342
Epilogue
349
Glossary
358
Index
359
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About the author (2003)

Jeffery Williams is the Governor General's Literary Award winner of the 1983 Non-Fiction Award for his biography of Field Marshal the Viscount Byng of Vimy. Committed to the interests of veterans, he represented the Royal Canadian Legion on the executive of the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League.

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