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GIFTED: Travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor as a Major in the parachute regiment. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
GIFTED: Travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor as a Major in the parachute regiment. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The late Patrick Leigh Fermor was an elegant prose stylist and a gifted writer about exotic places he had visited on his travels.

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This was during a long lifetime of wandering which began with an eventful journey as a youth on foot across Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, taking in sojourns in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago.

During the Second World War, as an Irish Guards officer seconded to the SOE (forerunner of the SAS) in Greece and Crete, he led a team that captured the German commander on Crete and spirited him off the island.

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