The Gordon Lett Foundation (Fondazione Gordon Lett) is a family foundation dedicated to the memory of Commendatore Major Gordon Lett, Distinguished Service Order, Medaglia Argento [Italy], Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
The Foundation was privately set up in 2001 by members of the Lett family to commemorate the courage and self-sacrifice of the Italian partisans and civilians during the Italian War of Liberation between September 1943 and April 1945.
Gordon Lett was an escaped prisoner of war who became a partisan leader. He was based in the valley of Rossano, in the mountains of northern Tuscany, and owed his life to the Italians who sheltered and fought with him between October 1943 and March 1945, when he was ordered back through the front line to prepare for the final push against the Germans and Fascists.
The foundation does not accept donations. It is funded purely by the Lett family. The current Chairman of the Foundation is Commendatore Brian Gordon Lett QC, Gordon Lett's son.
commemoration & REsearch
The Foundation commemorates the fallen by laying wreaths at appropriate monuments in Italy, by helping to establish new monuments, and by organising commemorative services and events. It commemorates the courage of those who survived by researching the files of the Allied Screening Commission, presently held in the US National Archives in College Park, Maryland, and also by research at the UK National Archives, Kew, London.