We have recieved news from the Canadian Ambassador to Greece, Mr Robert Peck, that the Canadian Govenment is planning to erect a monument to the Canadian nurses who served on Lemnos in 1915.
He reports that they have been in discussions with local authorities, a site has been identified and there is an expectation that it will be erected and unveiled during the Centenary year. A great boost to Lemnos for 2015.
70 Canadian nurses served in the 1st and 3rd Canadian General Hospitals on Lemnos in 1915, nearby to the Australian Hospitals with their 130 nurses. Two Canadian nurses sadly died during the campaign - the only nurses to die during the Gallipoli campaign. For further information on the Canadians on Lemnos, click here.
|Canadian Matron Jaggard's grave at Portianos Military Cemetery. Photo Jim Claven 2013|
Members of our Committee have been in discussion with Canadian authorities regarding this proposal for many months. We were very keen to see this memorial erected on Lemnos.It will become another great element on Lemnos' Gallipoli trail.
Will keep you posted on developments.
I have written to the Amabassador on behalf of our Committee to congratulate him. Well done Ambassador Peck and the Canadian Government.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee