Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson helps Thornton war hero


Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was delighted he has been able to help Thornton war hero Frank Gill to secure a Red Arrows honorary fly-past to mark the 70th Anniversary of World War II's Greek Mainland campaign.

As many as 2,888 people were killed in the two-three week conflict with thousands wounded and 10,000-15,000 taken prisoner.

Although the bloody campaign has now been largely forgotten, reports have been written saying the Mainland Greek battle was 'worse than Dunkirk'.

Campaign Veteran Frank Gill called on Bill Esterson for help to get the sacrifice of the thousands remembered.

Bill immediately contacted the Ministry of Defence to call on them to give the anniversary the significance it deserves.

Bill said: "Those men who fought, who died or were injured in campaigns like the Mainland Greek Campaigns of World War II should be remembered by us all.

"That's why I was more than eager to help Mr Gill and his fellow veterans to ensure that this occasion is marked correctly.

"As Mr Gill has explained, the Mainland Greek Campaign was largely brushed under the carpet at the time. But we cannot let the bravery of those men who fought and those died for us be forgotten."

Bill said he was delighted that the MoD has agreed to commemorate the occasion.

Bill said: "Mr Gill is a 92 year old veteran who wants to see the sacrifice of his friends and colleagues remembered 70 years on. I share his wish.

"So I am very pleased that we have been able to get an RAF fly-past at the memorial event and that the Royal Navy is sending a ship to Greece for the occasion.

"We cannot allow the events like the World War II campaigns on the Greek Mainland to be forgotten. It is thanks to Mr Gill and his colleagues that we continue to remember what they went through and the ultimate sacrifice which so many made."

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