A WHALLEY war veteran has been presented with his long awaited Second World War Greek campaign medal by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Mr Dennis Mendoros.
Sam Brearley (98) was presented with the medal at a special service in Ribble Valley Borough Council Chambers which Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Simon Hore and his wife Grace Hore, along with last year’s mayor Coun. Lois Rimmer, attended. The vicar of Clitheroe Parish Church, the Rev. Andy Froud, also conducted prayers during the service.
Members of Clitheroe Youth Forum instigated a campaign to obtain Sam’s medal as part of their Roll of Honour project for those killed in the Second World War from Clitheroe. The group’s website (www.rvremembrance.co.uk) lists all those killed from across the Ribble Valley and other information about what part the area played in the war, who fought and who survived.
Sam was in the Royal Army Service Corps, 1st Armoured Brigade 2nd Division as a corporal. Signing up in 1940, he and his division landed in Piraeus, Greece, in March 1941, then fought the Germans in Edessa, Yugoslavia before having to retreat. They were later captured in Kalamata, Greece, on April 28th, 1941.
Sam then spent the rest of the war in numerous German Stalag camps. His major role in the various camps was to stage theatrical productions for the hundreds of men in each camp, which helped to keep the men’s morale high.