|Skyros houses. Painting by George von Peschke|
Skyros - Island of Refuge
by Jim Claven
|A recreated living room on Skyros, in Athens' Benaki Museum. Photograph Jim Claven 2013|
|Traditional dress on Skyros, in Athens' Benaki Museum. Photograph Jim Claven 2013|
|George von Peschke and his wife in traditional Skyriot costume.|
|Warrant Officer Milton Boutler. AWM|
|Escaped New Zealand soldiers with a Greek caique fishing vessel in the western Aegean - not unlike the experience of Milton Boulter. AWM|
|Skyros Town houses and roofs. Note the closeness of the houses and the winding streets of the town.|
Sub-Lieutenant Brooke was a famous young poet, steeped in a classical education. Joining the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, he was headed for the Gallipoli landings when he and his comrades were diverted to Tresbourkes Bay on 17th April.
His unit included a number of Australians and New Zealanders. While in the Bay, they practiced their landing techniques and marched across into the valleys that surrounded the harbour.
On the evening of the 23rd he was carried the two hour walk from the harbour to the grave by a party of twelve Australians in Brooke’s unit. The service was attended by his company commander Bernard Freyberg, who would become one of New Zealand's most decorated soldiers.
|Unveiling of the memorial to Rupert Brooke, Skyros, 1931.|
Last April, Neos Kosmos published this story in its Greek language edition. To read this article in Greek, click here.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee