|Australian soldiers and nurses on Lemnos, 1915. AWM|
One of the curious ways that the Island of Lemnos has been remembered and its connection to the Allied soldiers who served there in 1915 is in the names given to future generations.
Today I have discovered two Allied soldiers who served in the Second World War - one Australian and the other British - who include the name of Lemnos in their own names. One wonders what their parents were thinking when they included the name of this Greek Island in the names of their newborns. There is no soldier with either surname buried in either of the two military cemeteries on Lemnos.
But nevertheless to me it is obvious that there must have been some family connection to Lemnos and its role in the Gallipoli campaign. Maybe their father had served on Lemnos or been cared for in its field hospitals in 1915. Lets hope we can find out more about why these soldiers were named Lemnos.
The details of these soldiers are listed below:
Private Charles Frederick Lemnos Power
A soldier with the Second Australian Imperial Force, he was the son of Thomas and Mary Arm Power of Merbein South in country Victoria. His service number was VX47054 and he served with the 2/29th Battalion. He died on the 22nd January 1942, aged 23 and his name is written on the Singapore Memorial.
Gunner Jack Lemnos Gladish
British Gunner 1591274 served in the 433 Battery of the 131 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. He was the son of Lilian Gladish and the wife of Vera, of Histon, England. He died on the 17th September 1944, age 28, and is buried at the Cambridge City Cemetery.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee