Despite strong representations to the Greek Government by the Imperial War Graves Commission, the Commonwealth cemetery on the Greek Island of Cos has been moved to nearby Rhodes.
G.V. THE PORT OF COS ISLAND.
TOP.G.V. STREET IN COS.
G.V. COS SQUARE.
G.V. A MAIN STREET IN COS.
S.V. PEOPLE IN STREET.
G.V. ANOTHER STREET IN COS.
S.C.U. A POINTED TOWER.
G.V. PLACE WHERE THE 65 BRITISH COMMONWEALTH TROOPS WERE ORIGINALLY BURIED.
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G.V. THE TOWER OF THE KNIGHTS IN RHODES.
G.V. BRITISH MILITARY CEMETERY IN RHODES. WHERE THE SOLDIERS ARE NOW BURIED.
S.V. HEADSTONES IN THE NEW CEMETERY.
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G.V. PALACE OF THE KNIGHTS IN RHODES.
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Background: Despite strong representations to the Greek Government by the Imperial War Graves Commission, the Commonwealth cemetery on the Greek Island of Cos has been moved to nearby Rhodes.
When the Commission learned that local authorities had granted a request by Mrs. Loukidis to have the cemetery removed, they lodged strong objections through the Commonwealth representatives in Greece.
But, in spite of these objections, the Greek Government upheld the local ruling and arrangements were made to transfer the bodies of 39 British Commonwealth servicemen together with the bodies of 26 others servicemen of unknown nationality.
Watched by Mr.T.S. Gredy, permanent representative in Greece of the Imperial War Graves Commission, the cemetery area was cleared.
On the passage to Rhodes, the bodies of the dead servicemen were accorded full military honours by the Greek Navy and Police.
The occupation of Cos took place during the Second World War soon after the capitulation of Italy.
A small British force was landed in the Dodcenese island together with a number of Spitfires in an effort to secure an advance bridgehead against the German forces in Greece.
Attacked by a superior force of Germans, the Commonwealth soldiers and airmen were unable to hold the island and were either killed or captured.
The site of the former cemetery will be used for the erection of a cafe by Mrs. Loukidis.