The Second World War once more allowed New Zealand soldiers to compare themselves with others and identify their own unique characteristics. They came to think of themselves as good at war because they were hard men toughened by the outdoors life. One of their number, Charles Upham, was twice awarded a Victoria Cross, and this photograph was used for the title page of his biography, published in 1962. The image suggested that the man who was so strong and fearless on the battlefield had developed his character in the high country of Canterbury.
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Reference: Kenneth Sandford, Mark of the lion: the story of Captain Charles Upham, VC and Bar. London: Hutchinson, 1962.
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