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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.

30 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.

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.

Read Jack Dean’s Story

Funding The Brotherhood activities

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, the refurbishment of the Greek Grove in 2018 significantly depleted our funds which means we are looking at new and different ways to finance The Brotherhood’s activities going forward, particularly to ensure the future of our memorials. We are currently canvassing views and ideas.  Please feel free to email any thoughts to us at greekveterans@gmail.com

News (please click on links below and see News section)

Please take a look at our sections on ‘Royal Navy’ and ‘SOE in Greece’

The image from we have used to illustrate our website (see above) is from a photograph entitled ‘Allied Troops entering Kalamata, 26 April 1941’ by an unknown photographer.