Biography of James (Jim) Roland Calder

Portrait, Jim Calder, 1940Summary A biography of James (Jim) Roland Calder, service no. C5464 RNVR NZD, one of six biographies of Canterbury veterans of World War II written by Kim Newth.

Jim Calder was just 17 when he saw the ships of the First Echelon, led by the battleship HMS Ramilles, leave Wellington bound for Egypt. It was an extraordinary sight for the young man, who had been called up for sea training just a few weeks before. Jim was aboard the HMS Wakakura when he witnessed this memorable event. His subsequent naval service saw him put to work as a range taker on HMS Monowai before he volunteered for what was highly secret work in the field of submarine detection. By March 1944 he was commissioned and finished the war as a Temp Sub Lieut.

Collection location Digital collection; private collection.

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Additional information

Kim Newth applied for and received the Canterbury History Foundation: 2014 Canterbury Community Historian Award after seeing the photographic record created by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers for their nationwide WWII Veterans Portrait Project. These portraits were gifted to the RSA and form an archive of images for veterans, families, communities and New Zealand's generations to come. With the award Kim Newth was able to add biographies to some of the portraits, to uncover stories behind the faces. Christchurch members of NZIPP helped put Kim in touch with some of the veterans they photographed.

The collection includes the biographies written by Kim Newth, interview files, and some images.

Related pages

Personal reminiscences by Jim Calder



This material has been supplied to Christchurch City Libraries by Kim Newth.