Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Charity is a charitable endeavour set up in 1989 to help preserve and promote the heritage of the wartime Special Operations Executive (SOE) and related special forces.

Named after Commander Gerry Holdsworth, a leading member of SOE throughout the Second World War, the Charity was established by a grant made by Sir Paul Getty and with the assistance of Viscount Slim, Sir Brooks Richards and Lady Getty (Victoria Holdsworth). The current chairman of Trustees is General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith.

Each year, the Charity seeks to make available a small number of modest grants to researchers and organisations engaged in serious research and commemorative projects relating to the history of SOE and special forces.



Projects supported by the Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Charity


How to apply to  the Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Charity

Those that served

Details of those that served with the SOE during the Second World War