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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Peter Fitzsimmons' Gallipoli Interview

Recently author Peter Fitzsimmons spoke at a literary event about his new book - Gallipoli. This was replayed on the ABC's Tony Delroy program on 28th January 2015.
To listen the program, follow the link to the program titled "The Far North-West and a Beach in Turkey,
January 28, 2015", by clicking here.
Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Monday, 12 January 2015

Lemnos Hero - Blackburn's Private Edward Tozer

The above image is of a digger playing the Last Post at sunset aboard the HMAT Euripides as it sailed from Australia to Egypt, Lemnos and Gallipoli. It was taken by a merchant seaman, Denver Wood Wansey, and is held by the Australian War Memorial.
As this ship sailed to war, aboard was one Private Edward Tozer of the 4th Battalion, AIF. A nearly 24 year old railway worker from Blackburn, Tozer would serve at Gallipoli and France - and on Lemnos.
But for Tozer and his time on Lemnos - at Sarpi and the villages nearby - is of special resonance.
For Tozer would return to Australia after WW1 and one of his relatives would marry someone from the land he had walked in 1915.
The story of Edward Tozer and how later his family would marry into the Tarlamis family from Tsimandria and Agariones - villages not far from the Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi - encapsulates the link between Australia and Lemnos through the Anzac story.
More to come on the Tozer-Tarlamis story.
Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Ballarat RSL Briefing

Avenue of Honour Victory Arch, Ballarat. Photo Jim Claven 2015
Today members of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee attended the Ballarat RSL to provide them with an update on our work to commemorate Lemnos and its role in the Gallipoli campaign.
We met with Ms Alexandra Tascas, President of the Ballarat RSL.
We discussed the possibility of the Ballarat RSL hosting our Photographic Exhibition during the Centenary year.
We took the opportunity to view the Ballarat RSL's historical collection and displays. These included a nurses uniform and also a section including Ballarat Nurse Gertrude Munro, who served on the Salonika Front in WW1 and who died of illness. She is buried in Thessaloniki's Mikra Military Cemetery.
Sister Gertrude Munro display, Ballarat RSL. Photo Jim Claven 2015

Sister Gertrude Munro display, Ballarat RSL. Photo Jim Claven 2015
Sister Gertrude Munro display, Ballarat RSL. Photo Jim Claven 2015
Ms Tascas served as a nurse in the Australian Army. Her father was from Kato Kleines in northern Greece.
The Ballarat Region and Lemnos At least two Ballarat nurses are recorded as having served on Lemnos in 1915. These were Staff Nurse Isabel Curnow and Staff Nurse F Hudson. At least seven servicemen connected to the Ballarat area are buried on Lemnos - Sebastopol’s Corporal Charles Edward Gunn of the 21st Battalion, Learmonth’s Private Donald Alexander Gordon Chisholm of the 23rd Battalion, Nerriwa’s Private Henry Joseph Stevens of the 23rd Battalion, Wendouree’s Private James Leslie White of the 22nd Battalion, Kyneton’s Private James Williams Sims of the 15th Battalion, Ararat’s Private William Edward Withers of the 22nd Battalion and Berrybank’s Gunner Louis Stephen Crawforth 2nd Brigade Australian Field Artillery.
Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial Commissioned - Media Announcement

Peter Corlett's emerging Lemnos Gallipoli memorial sculptures, Peter Corlett’s Melbourne studio, January 2015. Photograph Jim Claven 2015

The thousands of Anzacs – soldiers and nurses – who served on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign will finally have a lasting and appropriate memorial commemorating their memory erected in Australia.
Melbourne’s Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee celebrated the end of 2014 with the formal commissioning of its memorial to the role of Lemnos in Australia’s Gallipoli story. Along with the Committee’s other associated projects, this will make a unique and lasting contribution to the Centenary of Anzac in 2015.
As the base for the campaign in 1915, the Anzacs who served at Gallipoli all spent time at Lemnos whether in practising for the landings, as a place of rest or in its field hospitals. Along with doctors, orderlies and other medical staff, some 130 Australian nurses served here – the first contingent of Australian nurses to serve in field hospitals. And 148 Australians and 76 New Zealanders lie buried here amongst the 1,233 Commonwealth war dead in its two military cemeteries.
At their final meeting for the year, Lee Tarlamis, their President, informed the Committee that sufficient funds had been raised to commission the memorial.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee end of year meeting and celebration, John Rerakis’ Philhelene Restaurant, 4 December 2014

The Committee has raised over $200,000 to date towards the memorial. Although further funds are still needed to complete the memorial and its associated projects, we have sufficient funds to proceed with the commissioning of the memorial.
Support from Government and the Community Acknowledged  
Mr Tarlamis said that the Committee had been successful in its various funding submissions, and had received funding from all levels of government. The Committee had also received significant donations from two trade unions in honour of their former members who fought at Gallipoli.
“It is particularly fitting that the memorial will recognise the service of Corporal George Knight, an electrician from Albert Park, who lies buried on Lemnos. Our memorial will recognise the role of Australia’s nurses and ordinary diggers, like George”, Mr Tarlamis said.
He pointed to the support from the dedicated Committee membership and the wider community, both from organisations and individuals. He especially thanked the City of Port Phillip, the Lemnian Community of Victoria, the Hellenic RSL Sub-Branch, the Pontiaki Estia, Coburg’s Marble Centre Exclusive, as well as Terry Paule and Nick and Sophia Kambouris for their support.
He also thanked all those individuals across the Victorian community who have supported the work of the Committee through purchasing its $5 memorial badges, $10 posters and other fundraising items as well as those who have attended our functions and events - including representatives of the Melbourne Nurses Memorial Centre and Alfred Hospital Nurses League.
The Memorial Statue Design
The memorial statue consists of a larger than life-size nurse and injured soldier, on top of a sandstone plinth, on which will be engraved the names of many of the Lemnos villages visited by the Anzacs. The inscriptions will be in Greek and English. The memorial will be completed by the addition of an information board and two flag poles.

Peter Corlett with his emerging Lemnos Gallipoli memorial sculptures, Peter Corlett’s Melbourne studio, January 2015. Photograph Jim Claven 2015
The sculptures have been designed by and are being created by Australia’s pre-eminent commemorative sculptor, Peter Corlett, OAM.
Head and shoulders of the nurse statue.Peter Corlett’s Melbourne studio, January 2015. Photograph Jim Claven 2015
Mr Corlett, who has commenced production of the sculptures, has long been inspired by the sculpture of Classical Greece and his design will resonate with those familiar with the bronzes of Ancient Greece. He said that this would also be reflective of the references to Ancient Greece in the writings of many of the Anzacs in 1915.

Some of the inspiration assembled by Peter Corlett to inform his Lemnos Gallipoli memorial sculptures. Photograph Jim Claven 2015
Unvieling Planned - 8th August 2015
It is the intention of the Committee for the memorial to be unveiled at a major ceremony on Saturday 8th August 2015 – one hundred years to the day since the Australian nurses arrived on Lemnos to help the wounded and sick soldiers.
A Major New Commemorative Publication Planned

The Committee is also raising funds to publish a major commemorative publication in conjunction with the memorial.
The publication will contain some of the hundreds of images the Anzacs took in 1915, of their arrival at Lemnos’ Mudros Bay, their preparations for the landings in the waters and beaches of Lemnos, the massive soldier’s camp at Sarpi, the hospitals around Mudros and the cemeteries of Portianou and East Mudros. Most importantly it will tell the story of the interactions between the locals and the Anzacs.

The book is being written by historian and Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Secretary, Mr Jim Claven.
Mr Claven said that there was no existing publication that has focused on reproducing the amazing images from the Lemnos archive and puts these in the context of the Lemnos Anzac story, using the words of the soldiers and nurses who were there, including the interaction between the Australians and the local Lemnian villagers.
“For too long the Lemnos story has been all but ignored in the re-telling of the Gallipoli story. Now is the time to tell the Lemnos story – to honour the service of those who served there in 1915 and those that remain buried there”, Mr Claven said.
The Committee is currently raising funds to make this publication a reality and Mr Tarlamis urged the community to support the publication project.
Events on Lemnos April 2015
The Committee has also been working with the authorities in Lemnos and Athens to confirm arrangements for the commemorative activities that will be held on the Island in 2015. Mr Tarlamis urged all those interested in going to Europe to commemorate the Anzac story to come to Lemnos in April 2015.
“The events planned on Lemnos in April will be memorable – involving the Greek and Australian authorities. While details are being finalised, these will be the best Anzac commemorations ever held on the Island.”
Mr Claven will be leading commemorative tours of Greece in 2015, including tours of Lemnos’ unique Anzac-related sites in April.
Photographic Exhibition Event
Mr Tarlamis announced that the next fundraising event will be held in the New Year – a photographic display of some of the famous images the Anzacs took while on Lemnos.
“These images tell a thousand stories. We are trying to right a historic wrong by giving them a wide viewing, to show them to a new generation who can now appreciate the role of Lemnos in the lives of the Anzacs and this historic connection between Australia and Greece. Watch this space for further details on this major event”, he said.

Creating A Lasting Legacy  
Mr Tarlamis said that the unveiling of the new memorial, the publication of our major new commemorative Lemnos Gallipoli book and the events on Lemnos in April 2015 will be major steps in the well-deserved recognition of Lemnos’ role in Anzac.
Mr Claven added that the Committee hoped that the activities and events will have a lasting legacy for Australia, Lemnos and Greece.
“Through the commemoration of the service of those Australian nurses and soldiers who came to Lemnos in 1915 we hope to re-inforce the deep bonds between Greece and Australia. And hopefully create a path for many Australians to discover and retrace our Anzac links in Greece,” he said.
Contact Us

Anyone interested in supporting these projects through sponsorship or direct donations or taking part in Mr Claven’s tours of Lemnos and Greece contact the Committee Secretary, Mr Jim Claven by email on
Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee