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Nov 19 2015

Record of British military personnel who died in Crete, 1897 – 1909.

Between February 1897 and July 1909 the total number of deaths among British military personnel serving on Crete appears to have been between 165 and 170. The number is uncertain because no central record appears to have been kept and this figure is derived from an examination of the memorials on Crete itself; details of those who died in Malta as a result of their service on Crete do not as yet appear to be obtainable.

Two commemorative sites currently exist; the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site at Suda Bay, and the churchyard of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni, 42 Odos Knossou, Iraklion. The former has a section for pre-WW1 burials, the latter contains memorials to those who died in Candia (Iraklion) during the European Intervention.

 
In addition. the parliamentary report ‘Return of the number of Sailors and Soldiers Killed or Wounded in War or Warlike Operations carried out by the Government of this Country and Chartered Companies during the Years 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902 and 1903 respectively (exclusive of those carried on by the Government of India) in the same form as the Return granted in Session 1895’, numbers four naval dead and seven wounded on 6th September 1898, none of whom appear to be commemorated on Crete.

Iraklion British Military Cemetery. 2015.

Iraklion British Military Cemetery. 2015.

 

The table linked below gives outline details of those commemorated on Crete and, in one case, in Edinburgh.

British Military Deaths in Crete 1897 to 1909

The table is in alphabetical order of surname and in the case of those buried in Suda Bay, highlighted on the table in yellow,  is based upon details provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. For those buried/commemorated in Iraklion, the information is based on examinations of the churchyard carried out by the author in 2014 and 2015. One person, Colour Serjeant W. Low, 1/Seaforth Highlanders, is not commemorated on Crete, but in St Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh.

A spreadsheet containing some further information for which no room was available here, is available on request.

 

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  1. Barry

    Seems like a disproportionate amount of manpower lost their lives trying to save the hapless Private H Waite from drowning.

    1. Mick McT

      Part of the human condition…ignoring the risk to oneself when attempting to save someone else!

  2. Brian Payne

    This information will be passed onto the Haldane family at Gleneagles.

    BWP

    1. Mick McT

      Thanks, hope it’s of interest/use to them.

  3. Ron Phillips

    Hi! Mick McT, Just an introductory message! Jealousy? I was in training as a Cretan Beach Bum circa 1980’s! Never worked out – washed up on the North Wales Coast. At last found someone interested in the two tiny British Military Cemeteries in Herakleion! (Hope you have met Father Petros?) I even printed my own book about them and gave copies to most of (a few of) the Regiments whose men were buried in the original Aghios Kontantinos British Military Cemetery. Copies also with Herakleion Historical Museum and BSA(Athens unfortunately not Villa Adriane). There was also a Colloquium in Heraklion 2001 attended by many and which I have a copy of my address ably supported by my friend Socratis. I have visited most of the UK Regimental Museums concerned from Devon to Inverness. Hoping you are still enjoying Kriti.

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