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The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.
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The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.
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The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.

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The outstandingly well documented Second World War Fall of Greece 1941 Prisoner of War long service group awarded to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Regimental Sergeant Major J.P. Garvey, Royal Engineers, a pre-war regular who served in France in 1939 to 1940 and then in Greece, being taken prisoner of war on 29th April 1941 when serving as an Ordnance Survey specialist in Triggernometry with the 21st Survey Company.  

Group of 4: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; War Medal; Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVI 2nd type bust; (1864370 W.O.CL.1. J.P. GARVEY. R.E.), mounted swing style as worn.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the following quantity of original ephemera: 2 x Regular Army Certificate of Service Red Book; Soldier’s Service and Pay Book - wartime version; a further four original Soldier’s Service and Pay Book’s (Active Service) for the periods - April 1945 to January 1946 - May 1946 to November 1947 - December 1947 to March 1949 - and - March 1949 to November 1949; four Soldier’s Service and Pay Books from various stages of his career; 22 original photograph of recipient, a sometime others taken throughout his career, some when a prisoner of war, and posted home on German postmarked cards; photograph of recipient and others taken whilst prisoners of war in a camp; a large quantity of pension paperwork and other related correspondence, all housed in a file titled ‘Army Pension’.

John Patrick Garvey was born on 11th October 1903 in Saint John’s, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland, and worked as a surveyor in ordnance, before enlisting into the British Army at Winchester on 28th November 1925, and joining as a Sapper (No.1864370) the Royal Engineers.

Garvey was posted to Egypt from 29th September 1930, and then home again from 7th April 1931, before being posted to Sierra Leone from 10th March 1937, and home again from 14th September 1939, arriving back in the United Kingdom shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War.

As a member of the 21st Survey Company, he was then posted to join the British Expeditionary Force in France from 15th September 1939, before being posted home again from 15th February 1940, and then moving to the Middle East from 2nd March 1940, and then saw service in Greece from 4th March 1941. With the German and Italian invasion of Greece, Garvey was taken prisoner at the fall of Greece on 29th April 1941 when a Regimental Sergeant Major, and then interned in Germany as Prisoner of War No.2371, being housed at Stalag 18A at Wolfsberg near Karnten, and later at Stalag 357 at Oerbke near Fallingbostel.

Whilst a prisoner of war, he wrote a number of cards home, these bearing images of him and others in camp, and gave details of some of those in the camp with him. Repatriated at the end of the war, he was posted home again on 19th April 1945, and having re-enlisted, then saw service with the British Army on the Rhine from 13th May 1946, and where he remained until posted home again on 25th October 1950, having again re-enlisted on 28th November 1947, and then finally discharged on 14th December 1950.