|Australian troops marching through Kalamata, April 1941. AWM|
It will take place at 12.30pm, Sunday 21st May 2017.
The service is in commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the Greek campaign of 1941 and specifically the battle of Kalamata,
This battle took place on the night of the 28th April 1941 on the waterfront of Kalamata. The battle was won but it would be too late - the last major evacuations had taken place and soon the German invaders would overwhelm the defenders waiting to be evacuated.
|Captain Albert Gray. NAA|
For his bravery on that day - leading the charge of the mixed force of Allied troops - mostly Anzac's - along Navarino Street on the Kalamata waterfront, directly into the face of German artillery and machine guns - Albert was awarded the Military Cross.
Another Australian who took part in the battle was Private Max Holbrook Wood of the 2/6th who was awarded the Military Medal.
The New Zealander Sergeant Jack Hinton of the 20th New Zealand Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in this action, leading troops in a flanking movement against the same German post.
They took the German position and captured over 80 German prisoners.
Gray and Hinton would later be captured. Max Wood escaped by heading down the Mani.
Lest we forget.
|Kalamata waterfront, 2016. Photo Jim Claven|
The commemoration is organised by Melbourne's The Society of Kalamata "23 March" and is part of the annual program of commemorative events supported by the Melbourne-based Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council.
All welcome to attend the service.
RSVP by Wednesday, 17th May, 2017
Please advise if you will be laying a wreath at the Memorial
Telephone: 0437 102 960
Postal: P.O. Box 1191, WINDSOR, Victoria, 3181
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee