Records for 500 Greek veterans now on website

We now have records for 500 Greek veterans on our website, supplied from our archive. See the section headed ‘Greek Veterans’ for a list of all the names and links to their records. Please email us at greekveterans@gmail.com if you would like to know more about the veterans listed or you would like to provide us with information on these or other veterans (not mentioned here). We will forward all requests and any new information to our Archivist Noah Scott for his attention.

Records for 492 Greek veterans now on website

We now have records for 492 Greek veterans on our website, supplied from our archive. See the section headed ‘Greek Veterans’ for a list of all the names and links to their records. Please email us at greekveterans@gmail.com if you would like to know more about the veterans listed or you would like to provide us with information on these or other veterans (not mentioned here). We will forward all requests and any new information to our Archivist Noah Scott for his attention.

Congratulations to Frank Gill on his 100th birthday

The Brotherhood of Greek Veterans would like to congratulate Frank Gill, our President, on his 100th birthday. A number of us were delighted to be able to join Frank in celebrating his centenary at a party held in his honour, hosted by his family in Cheshire. Frank was on fine form and very pleased to see everyone. As a present from the Greek Veterans, Janet Parkin, our Secretary, presented Frank with a beautiful photo album featuring key moments and memories from his time in the Brotherhood. If you would like to send a 100th birthday greeting to Frank please email us at greekveterans@gmail.com and we will forward this on.

Sadly our dear friend Nikos Zervis has passed away

We very saddened to hear that our very dear and great friend in Kalamata, Nikos Zervis, died on the 15th February, aged 92. We will publish a proper tribute to Nikos in due course.  However, in the meantime, we are in the process of trying to organise a short service for Nikos, to pay our respects in May, when we will be in Kalamata for our annual commemoration of the 1941 Greek Campaign. If you would like to know more or wish to join  us at this service please get in touch at greekveterans@gmail.com

Very sorry to announce death of (David) Allan Slocombe

(David) Allan Slocombe – RE, 292 Army Fld Co, PoW 5266, Taken at Kalamata. Marburg 2 years, then on farm in Austria for  2 years.  Man of Confidence, who died on 22 November 2018, aged 99. Allan was a very active member of the Brotherhood, having been a regular, with wife Peggy, at both the UK and Kalamata reunions and he usually carried the standard at both ceremonies. He was a lovely man with a great sense of humour and will be greatly missed.

Improvements to The Greek Grove, National Arboretum

A major programme of works has now been completed to renew and upgrade ‘The Greek Grove’ at The National Memorial Arboretum.

This included: gravel being replaced by premium turf; paving stones replaced by limestone slabs: poles cut down to ground level and ground out;  the willow dug out and the stumps ground out; and twelve cupressus sempervirens planted around the perimeter.

We have been very fortunate in that these improvement works (ground preparation, removal of posts and gravel, laying of turf, tree planting, watering in of turf) have come about through the sheer hard work and dedication of large number of volunteers and Arboretum staff.

The improvement works, although desperately needed, have proved to be quite costly. And at the time of writing this entry, this cost is being underwritten by one of our  members. If you would like to make a donation to The Greek Grove improvement works  or would like to sponsor a tree please get in touch with us at greekveterans@gmail.com

New book on SOE in Greece: The Extraordinary Life of Mike Cumberlege SOE

We are pleased to recommend a fascinating new book involving the SOE in Greece: The Extraordinary Life of Mike Cumberlege SOE by Robin Knight. This is the  first ever biography about Lt Cdr Mike Cumberlege DSO & Bar, Greek Medal of Honour, who was murdered in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp some time between February – March 1945. Mike Cumberlege served on the staff of General de Gaulle in London and in a number of undercover roles in Crete and Greece, before being captured during a second attempt to block the Corinth Canal in 1943. Robin Knight has gathered together unique material from Cumberlege’s family and others, to tell the story of Cumberlege’s life. Containing a good selection of photographs, our own archivist Noah Scott is credited with a contribution, along with many others. 163 pages. Hardback published by Fonthill Media LLC.