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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

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Skyros - Island of Refuge - OPA Magazine

A Skyriot wedding.

The Hellenic connection to Anzac touches many parts of Greece. From its mountains, the plains and valleys, across the Ionian and Aegean, to its many Islands, the Anzac's walked across WW1 and WW2. And these stories of Greeks and Anzac's are there to be told. 
Sitting on the edge of the northern Aegean, part of the Sporades group of islands, Skyros sits on the sea-road from mainland Greece to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea beyond. And it has been a place of war and refuge. Skyros is another part of Greece's Anzac trail.

Rupert Brooke

From Homer and Achilles, down to the Anzac's across the First and Second World War, Skyros has played its part as a place of refuge. It is the Island where the famous British soldier and war poet, Rupert Brooke (above), died and was laid to rest in the days before the landings at Gallipoli. And he was buried by an Anzac burial party.
Rupert Brooke's grave on Skyros

And it is where the locals - like so many others across Greece at great peril to themselves and their loved ones - aided escaping and evading Allied soldiers in the wake of the Axis invasion of Greece. One of those was East Malvern’s Warrant Officer Thomas Milton Boulter (below) who came to Skyros in June 1941.
Warrant Officer Milton Boulter, MM. AWM
See, read and download my article on Skyros from OPA! Magazine by clicking here.
Thanks to OPA! Magazine for publishing my article. To read the full edition of the magazine, click here.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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