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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward this on.
Eric Bardsley died 22nd March 2019, aged 99. Eric had been a member of the Brotherhood since 1998 and had attended the annual UK services at the National Arboretum until very recently. A lovely man who will be greatly missed.
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 email@example.com
(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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The date of the Service of Commemoration for the 78th anniversary of the 1941 Greek Campaign in Kalamata has been set for Tuesday 14th May 2019. Should you require more information or wish to join us for the service, please get in touch with us by email at email@example.com
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.
We now have records for 483 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If anyone has information on Major Henry Hill, please get in touch with us via email at email@example.com. His daughter is conducting research into her father’s time in Greece and Turkey.
Major Henry Hubert Hill was commissioned on the 1st July 1938. He was with the Royal Fusiliers. He volunteered for SOE and joined them in June 1943. He was parachuted into Greece on the 11th August 1943. He worked ferrying food etc. which was brought in from Turkey in caiques up to the fighters in the mountains. Later he was transferred up into the mountains.
Also in May 2018, the Municipality of Pylos Nestor and the Pylos-Methoni WW2 Memorials Organising Committee of Australia arranged for the unveiling of two memorials commemorating and honouring those who lost their lives as a result of submarine attacks on two ships, which were taking allied PoWs from Libya to Italy, off the coasts of Pylos and Methoni in 1941 and 1942.
The ceremonies took place in Pylos and Methoni on Sunday 6th May and were well attended, including members of the Brotherhod who were in Greece for the annual Kalamata ceremony.
These memorials form part of an initiative, supported by Jim Claven, an Australian journalist and historian, by Melbourne’s Panpyliaki and Pammessinia Brotherhood to develop a commemorative trail of memorials to Anzac troops at a number of locations across Greece.