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Allied Word War ll Cemetery in Souda

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The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda
The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda
Souda has a sign to the Allied Cemetery. It is an impressive place with row upon row of white headstones and the blue waters of Souda Bay beyond. An enclosure at the entrance of the cemetery contains a register of all those buried here. There are 1,527 graves, illustrating the scale of the battle of Crete. Most were British with a large contingent (447) of New Zealanders and 197 Australians. Dudley Perkins, the New Zealand resistant fighter killed near Laki, is buried in row 15C. His story is written in The Cretan Runner by G. Psychoundakis and Vasili, The Lion of Crete by Murray Elliot. Also buried in the cemetery is the eminent archaeologist J. D. S. Pendlebury (10E). Mr. Pendlebury was the curator at Knossos for the British School in Athens and had been continuing excavations in Crete which were started by Arthur Evans. From 1929, he had travelled throughout Crete and won the friendship and respect of many Cretans. He enlisted in the British army when war broke out and was sent back to Crete to organize the resistance. In 1941 he was executed by the Germans while working for British Intelligence. In his eulogy, fellow Greek archaeologist Dr. N. Platon said: "The soil which you excavated with the archaeologists' pick and enriched with a warrior's blood will shelter you with eternal gratitude".

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The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda
The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda
The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda Bay
The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda Bay
The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda
The Allied World War II Cemetery in Souda
 
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