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.

Kalamata City Council commemorates 80th anniversary

Kalamata City Council has marked the 80th Anniversary with two events in May. The first event was held Thursday 13th May with a commemorative evening including speeches and a lecture on “Historical Elements of the Battle of Kalamata” by Dr Marios Athanasopoulos of the Philology Department, University of the Peloponnese. The event is available to view on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/dimoskalamatas
The second event took place Friday 14th May with a wreath laying ceremony and speeches at the memorial in Kalamata. Photos of the ceremony can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/kalamata.gr

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: Edgar Harrison

We are pleased to feature Edgar Harrison OBE MC BEM this week. A truly incredible veteran and early member of The Brotherhood, Edgar was awarded the British Empire Medal (Mil) for gallantry at Kalamata; Military Cross for conspicuous service in Yugoslavia; MBE in 1958 for service to communications in Moscow and OBE in 1974 for service to Diplomatic Wireless Communications.  A member of MI6 (Section VIII) Special Communications unit he was Churchill’s personal radio operator. Fellow MI6 operator Geoffrey Pidgeon wrote about Edgar in his book “Edgar Harrison – soldier, patriot and ULTRA Wireless Operator to Winston Churchill”. Please click on the link below and scroll down to STORY where you will be able to read about Edgar’s experiences.

Read Edgar Harrison’s Story

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.