Episodes & Studies Volume 2
WHEN Captain Upham and I were in Athens in April 1952 as the New Zealand representatives at the unveiling and dedication of the Memorial erected by the Greek people to soldiers of the British Commonwealth who died in Greece, we found that our men had left a very great reputation. Queen Frederika said to me: ‘The Greek people think your soldiers were all gentlemen. They were brave and kind.’ This reputation was earned by the New Zealand Division, which fought with high credit in the brief campaign of 1941, by the men who escaped after capture then or in Crete, and who wandered for months or years before getting back to Egypt, being recaptured or perishing, and by the volunteers who returned to Greece on desperately hazardous ‘Special Service’. It is a great satisfaction to put on record the services of some of these brave soldiers.
New Zealand should be grateful to the Greek people who helped and sheltered her men regardless of the deadly penalties they risked.
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