Patrick Leigh Fermor

Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor DSO OBE (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011), also known as Paddy Fermor, was a British author, scholar, soldier and polyglot[1] who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War.[2] He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as A Time of Gifts (1977).[3] A BBC journalist once described him as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene".[4]

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor
Leigh Fermor in 1966
BornPatrick Michael Leigh Fermor
(1915-02-11)11 February 1915
London, England
Died10 June 2011(2011-06-10) (aged 96)
Dumbleton, England
OccupationAuthor, scholar and soldier
NationalityBritish
GenreTravel
Notable worksA Time of Gifts, Abducting a General
Notable awardsKnight Bachelor; Distinguished Service Order; Officer of the Order of the British Empire
SpouseJoan Leigh Fermor, née Hon. Joan Eyres-Monsell
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1940–1946
RankMajor
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsDistinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire