Biography of Evan "Snow" Williams

Portrait of Snow Williams, J ForceSummary A biography of Evan "Snow" Williams, service no. 639543, one of six biographies of Canterbury veterans of World War II by Kim Newth.

Too young to enlist for overseas service when war was declared, Evan Williams instead chose to join the Home Guard in 1941. Guided by seasoned World War One veterans, the 16-year-old learned fast and was soon to discover an innate talent for command. By 1945 he was training other men to fight and the following year left for Japan to serve with ‘J Force’, the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2 NZEF) as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan.

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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.

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