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.
Funding The Brotherhood activities
Funding The Brotherhood activities is not something we have talked about. As you may or may not be aware, although informal and run by members who are volunteers, The Brotherhood does have regular outgoings. These are ‘third party’ costs and expenditure relating to our annual services in Kalamata and Lichfield; the website; our newsletters as well costs involved in the upkeep of the Greek Grove at the NMA. However, we have no regular source of income. Unlike other organisations, we do not charge a membership fee or request annual subscriptions.
Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have benefitted from donations from members, some of which have been very generous. However, unlike our outgoings, these donations are by their very nature ad hoc. The refurbishment of the Greek Grove in 2018 significantly depleted our funds which means we are starting to look at new and different ways to finance The Brotherhood’s activities going forward, particularly to ensure the future of our memorials. At this stage, we would welcome your views and ideas. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Jack Dean
This week, we are pleased to feature Lance-Sergeant Jack Dean, 292 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
Sources for Jack Dean’s story come from personal correspondence with his widow Iris and by cross-reference with Ken Millington’s account in the BBC’s Peoples’ War series – Ken was also a Sapper in 292 Coy RE. Other ex-members of 292 Coy contributing to the Brotherhood archives and with relevance to Jack Dean’s own experiences are Allan Slocombe, Ernie Carroll and Malcolm Young.
Much more data is held in Jack’s Archive at the 2nd World War Experience Centre at Otley, West Yorkshire. These include many documents and photographs plus some medals, including the Greek-awarded Campaign Medal.
Jack and Iris were keen members of The Brotherhood and greatly appreciated the chance to meet up with other veterans in both Kalamata and UK.
Please click on the link below and scroll down to STORY where you will be able to read about Jack’s experiences.
News (please click on links below and see News section)
- 80th anniversary commemoration Saturday 11th September 2021
- 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: Leslie Donald Haslewood
- Veteran Story: Ronald Ramsay
- 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