Fallen Greek-Australian honoured in Crete

On the 27th of August in the Cretan village of Mournies a plaque was unveiled for fallen solidier James Zampeli.

James Zampeli was of Greek decent and fought for the Australian army in WWII.

James was born in Melbourne in 1912, his family originated from Marantohori, on the Island of Lefkada. He was killed in Mournies during the Battle of Crete when the town was dive bombed. His body was never recovered.

Cretan Brotherhood Vice President Eva Gotsis was in attendance for the plaque unveiling which was an important event, further signalling the close ties between Greece and Australia.

Supporters of the plaque included the Local Council of Chania and the Battle of Crete & Greece Commemorative Council

You can read more about James’ story in this article from the Neos Kosmos:

Lest we forget.