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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.

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. David Sanderson, Chairman of The Brotherhood and Janet Parkin, Secretary, participated by zoom and made short speeches. The Defence Attaché, Captain Alex Bush RN was represented by Sqn Ldr Marcus Fountain.
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. A speech prepared by Janet Parkin was given by Jane Thomas and a poppy wreath laid on behalf of The Brotherhood by Di Billinge. Sq Ldr Marcus Fountain laid a wreath on behalf of The Government of the United Kingdom. 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: Jack Wentworth Ansell

We are pleased to feature Jack Ansell’s story this week. Jack was a keen member of The Brotherhood and author of the book ‘Khaki and Cowdung’. Jack appeared in a recent BBC VE Day programme where he talked about his time as a PoW including the book of poems he put together on behalf of his fellow PoWs, having found a typewriter discarded by the Germans when they left the camp on 8th May 1945. “Whilst waiting, with several thousand other former British prisoners of war to be repatriated to the United Kingdom, I set up shop with my typewriter. Men came to me with these poems written on scraps of paper for me to type out”. 

Please click on the link below and scroll down to STORY where you will be able to read about Jack’s experiences. You will find the book of poems within his PostScript. We also include a link to the article we published last year.

Read Jack Ansell’s Story

Jack Wentworth Ansell featured in BBC VE Day programme

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.