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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 March 2015
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Football on Lemnos JIM CLAVEN One of the possible Centenary of Anzac 2015 events that could be held would be a symbolic re-creation of the Anzac Association Football (they referred to it as soccer then) games on Lemnos in October and December 1915. All sorts of sports were played by the Anzacs in WW1 - rugby, cricket, tennis, Australian Rules football. There is evidence that Australian Rules and rugby were played on Lemnos in 1915 but Association Football is the only sport played on Lemnos for which we have documentary and photographic evidence. There are three photographs kept by the Australian War Memorial relating to football on Lemnos in 1915, all relating to the Anzacs. The first is a photograph of British sailors arriving at Sarpi Camp for a football game in October 1915, with the Australians we presume, given that Sarpi was the principal Anzac rest camp on Lemnos in 1915. There are two other later photographs of a game being played between the sailors of the Royal Navy's HMS Hunter and Anzacs of the 6th Battalion in December 1915. This was held as the evacuation of the peninsula was underway, the disastrous Gallipoli campaign coming to its end. I have been unable to find any documents stating the The team from the destroyer HMS Hunter playing a game of soccer against a 6th Battalion team at a camp on the Aegean island of Lemnos. The Greek government lent the island to the Allies as a base for operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Group portrait of unidentified members of the 6th Battalion football team at a camp on the Aegean island of Lemnos. 25th December 1915. Sarpi, Lemnos. AWM C01194 Lemnos, Greece. October 1915. Bluejackets from a British battleship ashore near Sarpi Camp to play football. Portion of field hospital seen on right in background during the operations at Gallipoli. (Donor E. G. Lloyd). AWM Ref C04124 Soccer was played on the Gallipoli peninsula, with evidence this was done in advance of the evacuation to give the impression that the Allies were not evacuating. There are images of 4 Football, Kia-Ora Coo-ee magazine, May 1918. This game is being played at Gallipoli between Allied troops and watched by hundreds of others. results of these matches. It is possible that the dates are wrong and that the photographs all relate to a single game played on December 25, 1915, as part of the Christmas celebrations on the island. Lance Corporal William Dalton Lycett did record in his diary that his Unit (the 4th Field Ambulance) played Association Football against a team from the Royal Scots Territorials on Thursday 23rd December 1915. As he writes, "we got beat 6 goals to 0". *Jim Claven is a historian and secretary of Melbournebased Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. RAN escorts artwork to Lemnos Anzac Centenary project launched in Sydney MICHAEL SWEET A reproduction of the painting The Lemnians by early 20th century artist William Russell Flint has set sail for Lemnos with the Royal Australian Navy to be part of the official Anzac Centenary commemorations next month. The project - co-ordinated by Consul General of Greece to Sydney Dr Stavros Kyrimis and the Lemnos 1915 WWI mythical amazons of Lemnos and the ANZAC nurses of World War I. Guest speakers included Centenary Commemoration Committee - was launched last week at the Art Gallery of NSW, which produced the replica from the original which has been in its collection since 1924. The painting was handed over to the RAN after a special presentation at the gallery entitled 'The Lemnians - Ancient Amazons of Lemnos to the ANZAC Nurses of WWI', which drew on parallels between the ancient Tom Alegounarias, president of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW and Dr Andrew Yip - coordinator of Public Programs at AGNSW. Commander of HMAS Anzac Belinda Wood accepted the reproduction on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy. The RAN will transport the painting to Greece before the Chief of Navy presents the gift to the Mayor of Lemnos as part of Anzac Day commemorations on the island. Consul General of Greece in Sydney Dr Stavros Kyrimis and Commander Belinda Wood of HMAS Anzac with Con Havas, president of the Lemnos Association of NSW, at the Art Gallery of NSW. PHOTO: KAILY KOUTSOGIANNIS.
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