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ANZAC MEMORIAL PLAQUE UNVEILED IN MOURNIES CHANIA

by Tony | Aug 29, 2019 | News | 0 comments

The Municipality of Chania and the local Council of Mournies in conjunction with the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council today hosted the unveiling of the Mournies Memorial Plaque in the central square.

The B.O.C.G.C.C. would like to thank the Mayor of Chania Mr. Anastasios Vamvoukas, the President of Mournies Council Mr. Fotis Hatzigiannelis for finding the time and the funds to finally place a plaque in the Village of Mournies depicting the memory of gunner James Zampelis, who was the only ANZAC Veteran of Greek descent that died on Cretan soil and has not been located. Thank you to Paul Soug, Eva Gotsis and Jim Claven for the work they did trying to locate the exact location, which is roughly 150 metres South West from the central platia.

The Mournies Memorial Plaque now forms part of the many memorials, sites and plaques that have been placed all over the island highliting important battles, advances, landings and resistance areas making the Battle of Crete one of the most important events in the 2nd World War. The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Chania Mr. Anastasios Vamvoukas, the President of the Mournies Council Mr. Hatzigiannelis and the Chairman of the Battle of Crete & Greece Commemorative Council Mr. Tony Tsourdalakis.

A very big thank you to Reverand Father Ioannis Paxivanakis for conducting the service, and other dignitaries for attending including Mr. Nikos Papadakis, President of the Venizelos Foundation, Mr. James Jordan, Chairman of the Battle of Crete Committee in Sydney, Mr. John Nikolakakis, President of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, Mrs. Eva Gotsis, Vice President of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and many others.

(This article was copied from – Battle of Crete Commemoriative Council website. Please go to their website for more information and articles.)

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All the gunners killed in this Action at Mournies, including Gunner Zampelis, served with the 2/2nd Field Regiment.

Brallos Pass Memorial Cairn Dedication Ceremony – 29th October 2016

View across the plain to the bridge over the Sperkhios River and beyond to Lamia.

Invited guests. Starting 5th from left: Dimitris our caretaker, Australian Ambassador, Vice Governor Phthoitis, Commander Lamia Military, Lt Col Moukas, General of Police & Father Nikos.

L to R. Ruth, Robert,Mal & Neil LENNIE & Mel JOHNSON – family of VX 5824 – D. LENNIE

Wreaths at the Memorial Cairn

Memorial Plaque to 2/2nd Field Regt.

Memorial Plaques to 2/2nd Field Regt – wording in English & Greek

Memorial Cairn

Ruth Lennie, Lt. Col Moukas and Greek soldiers. Australian & Greek National Anthems played.

2/2nd Field Regt. Assoc. Secretary, Mel Johnson delivering a speech.

Memorial Cairn draped with Australian flag signed by 2/2nd Field Regt veterans and descendants of veterans. Rifle placements with helmets is a sign of respect.

Memorial Cairn draped with Australian flag signed by 2/2nd Field Regt. veterans and descendants.  

Brallos Pass Memorial, August 2018 – The concrete surrounds have been completed as was promised by the Vice-Governor of Phthoitis at the Dedication and Unveiling.  

 

Steve & Mary Krytsis, Dimitri Haranzis

 

Brallos Pass Memorial, August 2018 – Dimitri Haranzis and Steve Krytsis