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Biography & Autobiography Military

Far From Home

A Memoir of a Twentieth-Century Soldier

by (author) Jeffery Williams

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Military, Historical, Canada
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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Jeffery Williams offers a vivid retelling of his childhood in Calgary during the depression, followed by the outbreak of war and his enthusiastic enrolment in the Canadian Army. First sent to England in 1939, eager and untrained, Williams went on to a thirty-three year career, experiencing wars in Europe and Korea, and serving inCanada, Germany, the United States, and England.


With an uncanny memory, William recounts his fascinating history with remarkable people both famous and unknown, including the Royal Family, John, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Jeffery Williams’ transition from "the most untrained officer in the army" to a man equally at home on the field or in the houses of government, and the bumps and shocks of growing from a simple upbringing to the sophisticated life of an international officer is told with great humour and rare interest. Far From Home is a rare insight into the rarely seen human side of military life.

About the author

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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