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The Bigfella
07-09-2008, 11:14 PM
I was scanning a few photos for Jack's POW thread and these were in the pile and while some aren't of the convoy, they may be of interest:

Top left is the Sudanese camel corps, I suspect the top middle and right photos are of the retreat through Greece - where Dad was injured by a Stuka and carried the shrapnel in his forhead until he got proper medical attention in the UK over four years later.

The dhows are labelled Felluca, Great Water Canal (not sure about the latter bit), to the right of them right is the Suez Canal. Next row down is also Suez Canal, the warship is the first HMAS Perth, later (March 1, 1942) sunk in the Sunda straight with the USS Houston. The tall ship is not known, labelled "Alex" - for Alexandria.

Next row of three - left photo is labelled "Refugees, Greece" - others not labelled, but would be same campaign, warship beside the Sphinx is labelled HMAS Brisbane (edit - she looks like a photo I found of Brisbane - but she was a WW1 light cruiser broken up in the mid 30's - so I don't know which ship this actually is!). Warship bottom left is HMS Hasting. I believe Dad went over on the Queen Mary, so I assume that is her bottom right.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/pow4.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/pow5.jpg

John B
07-10-2008, 12:26 AM
My Grandfather was with the artillery in North Africa and Italy, 25 pounder and Quad. His head wound was in Italy. Wounded,he watched Casino from the ajacent peak... my father would know the name of it.

Tom Hunter
07-10-2008, 08:09 AM
If you can find it, there is an excellent book by Robert Crisp: The God's Were Neutral.

Crisp went to Greece, took up a position on the Northern boarder and made freinds with the locals. During the retreat he commanded the last functional allied tank in Greece. After the war he came back and looked up the families he met in 1941.

He was a good writer, it's a very moving book. I think it would be even more meaningful to those with relatives in the campaign.

J. Dillon
07-10-2008, 03:24 PM
Big fella, Is there a local historical society near where you live ?

Those images and notes deserve to be brought to the attention of such outfit . They could duplicate them and preserve them for historians.:)

JD