Battles of Greece and Crete remembered in Sydney

Published on Department of Defence (author)

Location(s): Sydney

Topic(s): Ceremony and Traditions, NUSHIP Hobart (D39)

Second World War veteran Mr Alf Carpenter with Captain John Stavridis  at Martin Place in Sydney on completion of the Battle of Crete commemoration. (photo: Unknown)
Second World War veteran Mr Alf Carpenter with Captain John Stavridis at Martin Place in Sydney on completion of the Battle of Crete commemoration.

Approximately 500 people attended the wreath laying service for the commemorations for the 76th Anniversary of the Battles of Greece and Crete at the cenotaph in Sydney recently.

The Hon Senator Arthur Sinodinos led nearly 75 wreath layers comprising surviving Anzacs, representatives from New South Wales, local, state and Australian Federal Parliamentarians, Consulates General, Australian military officers, Government and community organizations, schools, families and the general public. 

Amongst the crowd was one of the few survivors of the campaign 100 year old Alf Carpenter. 

He was accompanied by his association members and enveloped by the 2/4th white over green banner as he laid his wreath.

A Royal Australian Navy Catafalque Party made up of sailors from HMAS Penguin and the Parramatta Lancers Band attended in support, and prayers were said by Very Reverend Archimandrite Apostolos Trifyllis and Reverend Bob Durbin.

The service was also addressed by the Deputy Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff Lieutenant General Konstantinos Floros, who came to Australia specifically for this event in Sydney and others commemorating the Anzacs of Greece in other cities. 

The speech of reply was given by Australian Navy Captain John Stavridis, who reflected on the Anzacs of Gallipoli on Lemnos and of Greece and Crete. 

Captain Stavridis is preparing to commission Australia’s newest destroyer, Hobart, later this year and said, despite the intervening years, it was vital to remember the sacrifices made on shores so far from home, which continue today.