WWII veteran returns to shores of Pacific

John Williams will be returning to the Pacific this year to recall the role he played during WW2 Credit: Big Lottery Fund

A World War II veteran from north Wales is to return to the shores of the Pacific to recall the role he played during his service.

John Clifford Williams from Betws Gwerfil Goch near Corwen will fly to Australia later this year thanks to a scheme being run by the Big Lottery Fund called Heroes Return 2.

Cliff as he's known to family and friends was called up to the Royal Navy in 1942 and sailed on the Dominion Monarch troopship, one of the fastest ships of her time during the War.

He returned to Britain in 1946 having worked at Royal Naval Repair Base in Sydney.

John Williams was 17 when he was called up to the Royal Navy in 1942 Credit: John Williams

The Big Lottery Fund say it's extending the scheme until 2015 - the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII - and is appealing for more veterans to come forward who want to return to the served at during the war.

The cash to make this happen has come from the Big Lottery Fund and the 82-year-old's trip is scheduled for October.

The scheme - Heroes Return 2 - has also been extended to June 2015 - the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and the BLF wants more veterans to come forward to make the most of the limited opportunity.