Welcome to our website, which is in honour of Allied Veterans and their fallen comrades who served in Greece in World War Two.
Our aim is to:
- create awareness and understanding of the ill-fated Greek Campaign
- promote the ongoing work and activities of ‘The Brotherhood of Veterans of The Greek Campaign 1940 to 1941’ for veterans and their families.
Over 20 years since it was founded by Edwin Horlington MBE, the Brotherhood continues to be very active due to the hard work and dedication of Edwin’s daughter Janet Parkin (formerly Buttery, née Horlington) and, until recently, our President Frank J Gill (Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers).
The 1941 Greek Campaign has been commemorated with a memorial service, attended by veterans and their families from the UK, in Kalamata in May every year since 1994. We also hold an annual service at the National Memorial Arboretum in the UK every September.
Update: UK Reunion 80th anniversary Saturday 11th September 2021
This year’s service will be held in the Greek Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield on Saturday 11th September at 11.30am or, if wet, at 12 noon in the Chapel. (Please note the NMA website currently states 11am start which is incorrect). Arrangements at the Arboretum are a little different this year. All visits must be pre-booked – within the two weeks leading up to 11th September, no earlier. If booking on-line the email address is thenma.org.uk. If you are arriving by car, please note that one ticket is required per four wheeled vehicle and all passengers are included in the ticket. If you cannot book on-line then phone the NMA 01283 245 100. Most facilities are open: restaurant, coffee shop etc.
After the service, we have made arrangements for a buffet lunch (at a modest cost per head) to be provided for us at a local venue, not far from the Arboretum. If you wish to join us for lunch, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will you send you the details. We will need to know numbers in advance for catering purposes.
Sharing veterans’ stories in the 80th anniversary year
Our Archive is now available to view on our website. For every veteran listed we provide a summary record. For others, we also have a copy of their POW questionnaire/debrief. For the rest, we have a comprehensive story including Pre-Greece, Greek Campaign, Post-Greece and sometimes a Post Script about life after the war. In honour of the 80th anniversary year, we are publishing a series of posts featuring different veterans.
Veteran Story: Ronald Ramsay
This week, we are pleased to feature Ronald Ramsay, who was a radio operator with the Levant Fishing Patrol from late 1943 to April 1945.
His son, Kevin Ramsay has very kindly provided us with a copy of this incredibly comprehensive and personal account comprising 298 pages covering his father’s time in the war (and afterwards) including: radio operator’s log for the 1944 operation “Noah’s Ark”; 40-50 photographs; various letters and passes; photos of his time in the Middle East as well as other correspondence, maps and memorabilia. Please click on the link below and scroll down to STORY where you will be able to read about Ron’s experiences.
Ron’s story also refers to Sergeant-Major Medley of the QO 4th Hussars as well as photos and reference to Ronald Haggar who served as a wireless operator with SOE. Please click on this link which will take you to the Ronald Haggar Imperial War Museum interview
News (please click on links below and see News section)
- Famous people who were also veterans of the Campaign
- Kalamata City Council commemorates 80th anniversary
- Announcing WW2 Greek Veterans and Campaigns Facebook Group
- Veteran Story: (David) Allan Slocombe
- Veteran Story: Major Ralph Ford Tredre
- Veteran Story: Ernest Chapman aka Kiriakos
- Veteran Story: Edgar Harrison
- Veteran Story: Dai Davies