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For those of you who are new to our website, please click on the link to ‘follow’ us. This will mean that in future, new ‘posts’ can be sent  directly to your email address/inbox as soon as they are published on the website, including updates on our Kalamata and Lichfield services.

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Announcing WW2 Greek Veterans and Campaigns Facebook Group

We are pleased to announce that a new “members” only Facebook Group for Veterans of WW2 in Greece has been created. The aim is to foster day-to-day communications, exchanges and information between Group members concerning the second World War in Greece. The group, which is a private closed group, already comprises over 100 members. If you are a Facebook user and care to join, the Facebook page can be found using the following link address:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ww2greekveterans

We hope that Facebook will bring the Greek Campaign to a larger audience and we see it as a valuable addition to our communications for the future. The Brotherhood is delighted to be associated with this new initiative, which we are sure will uncover new information in this special 80th Anniversary year of the events of 1941. Should you have trouble finding the Facebook Group and/or have problems joining it, please email us at greekveterans@gmail.com and we will pleased to assist you.

Update on Kalamata 80th anniversary of The 1941 Greek Campaign

The date of this year’s service is planned for Tuesday 18th May 2021. We are hoping that travel restrictions will be eased by then and travel to Kalamata will be possible, and that arrivals in Greece will not have to self-isolate as they do at the moment. We should have a better idea by Easter and will update you when we know more. In the meantime, you  should be able to check which airlines will be flying to Kalamata or Athens and also hotel options. We will keep you posted.

Farewell President, Welcome Chairman

As you will be aware, our President Frank Gill, sadly died on 25th November 2020.  Frank, a veteran of The Greek Campaign was only our second President, following on from our first President, Edwin Horlington MBE, founder of  The Brotherhood.  It was fitting that a veteran was our President but now that can no longer be the case. Instead, we have decided to appoint a Chairman. We are very pleased to announce that our first Chairman will be David Sanderson.  David is the son of Trooper Eric Rockliff Sanderson of the 4th Hussars, PoW October 1941.

 

 

Records for 532 Greek Veterans now on website

We now have records for 532 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.

Sad news: Frank Gill, our President, has passed away

Frank Gill 26.7.1919 – 25.11.2020

L/Cpl,  580 Army Troop Coy, Royal Engineers.  Service no 2051895. Severely wounded aboard yacht Hellas in Piraeus Harbour air raid 24.4.41. Captured in hospital Athens 27.4.41. PoW 22781

We write this with a heavy heart because we are writing to let you know the very sad news that Frank, our President, died on Wednesday 25th November 2020. Aged 101, Frank passed away, peacefully, at the care home where he had been living since Spring.

Frank had been a member of the Brotherhood since the early 1990s.  He and his late wife Madge, attended the UK and Kalamata reunions regularly. In fact Frank organized the UK reunions and Edwin Horlington organized the Kalamata reunions.

Frank often acted, along with Jock Watt, as a standard bearer at the services.

Frank took over as President of the Brotherhood from Edwin Horlington in 2006.  Sadly, with Frank’s passing there are no longer any veterans of the 1941 Greek Campaign within the Brotherhood.  It is the end of an era, but not the end of the Brotherhood.

Frank’s war time experiences are covered in two separate chapters of the book ’Tell  Them We Were Here’. He also wrote about his life experiences in his book  ‘A Letter to My Daughter’.

Those of you who had ever met Frank will know what a really special and remarkable man he was.  Very caring, great sense of humour and very good orator.  He continued to give speeches at Kalamata and at the Arboretum which, due to his failing eyesight, he had to learn by heart.

It was truly a privilege to know you Frank and we will miss you very much. Rest in Peace.

If you wish to send a message of condolence, please email us at greekveterans@gmail.com and we will forward these on to Frank’s family. 

Records for 511 Greek Veterans now on website

We now have records for 511 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.

Books added to Resources section of the website

We have added more books to the Resources section – as recommended by our members :

Platon Alexiades, Target Corinth Canal 1940-1944, 2015

Stanley Casson, Greece Against the Axis, 1941

Robert Crisp, The Gods Were Neutral, A story of the Greek Campaign 1941, 1960

Roger Field, Geoffrey Gordo and N. Creed, Rogue Male, Sabotage and Seduction behind Enemy Lines with Geoffrey Gordon-Creed DSO, MC, 2012

Adrian Gilbert The Imperial War Museum Book of the Desert War 1940-42

Francis S. Jones, Escape to Nowhere, 1952

Francis S. Jones, Hit or Miss, The Adventures of Driver Randle Barlow, 1954

Michael Woodbine Parish, Aegean Aventures 1940-1943 and the end of Churchill’s Dream, 1993

Miles Reid MC, Last on the List, 1974 (first written in 1942 when events were still fresh in his mind).  Interestingly, there is mention in the book of a Trooper Cooper who turns out to be L/Cpl Francis Herbert (Sherry) Cooper 4th QO Hussars, later PoW, the husband of Dora and the father of Cyril. Cyril  has attended our UK Reunions regularly with Dora.