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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Lemmos Gallipoli Committee & Battle of Crete and Greece Council Commemorate Australia's Nurses at NMC Anzac Service

LGCC members at the NMC Memorial. Photo Jim Claven 2017

On Sunday 23rd April, the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee took part in the annual Anzac Day service conducted by the Nurses Memorial Centre on St Kilda Road Melbourne. Also taking part where Melbourne's Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council.
The Nurses Memorial Centre was established after the Second World War to create a living legacy to the Australian nurses who served in WW2 and to support the nursing profession. They have had erected a Memorial to nurses and all service personnel who served in the Second World War. Each year - prior to Anzac Day - the NMC hold a commemorative service at the Memorial.
The NMC has always been a keen supporter of the commemorative work of our Committee, including the erection of our Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park and has hosted presentations on the role of Lemnos and the Australian nurses in the Gallipoli campaign.

The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee - and the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council - were happy to be invited to take part in this important and significant commemoration.
Our President - Lee Tarlamis - layed our wreath - accompanied by Executive Committee member Ms Deb Stewart. As most will know, Deb is the granddaughter of Sister Evelyn Hutt, who served on Lemnos in 1915.
I layed a wreath on behalf of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council.
Other wreaths were layed by a variety of nursing organizations, service organizations, hospitals, legacy and the Australian Red Cross to name a few.
Myself at the NMC Memorial. Photo Christina Despoteris. Photo Jim Claven 2017

Ms Gabrielle Williams MP, layed a wreath on behalf of the Victorian Premier, The Hon Daniel Andrews, MP.
Gabrielle Williams and Lee Tarlamis. Photo Jim Claven 2017

Other members of the Committee who attended were Ms Christina Despoteris, our Vice President, and Malcolm and Gloria MacDonald. Thanks to all for attending.
Lee Tarlamis, Christina Despoteris and myself. Photo Jim Claven 2017

Malcolm and Gloria MacDonald (2nd and 3rd from left) and Deb Stewart and Judith Gunnarsson (5th and 6th from left). Photo Jim Claven 2017
The service concluded with an audio-visual presentation by Ms Arlene Bennett - Vice President of the NMC and Treasurer of the LGCC - on her recent commemorative visit to Banka Island and Radji Beach, Indonesia.
It was also a great opportunity to connect with representatives of the Australian Red Cross (below) who are interested in researching their organisations part in the Hellenic link to Anzac in WW1 and WW2.
Lee Tarlamis (at right) and Gabrielle Williams (2nd from right) with two members of the Australian Red Cross. Photo Jim Claven 2017
Above and below are some photos of the commemorative event- all taken by myself.
Thanks to Arlene Bennett and all at the Nurses Memorial Centre for this beautiful service.


 
Ms Arlene Bennett and other members of the NMC. Photo Jim Claven 2017
 

 
Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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