Cyprus.The forgotten soldiers.

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I served out there in 1991/2 with the UN RR - it was amazing how many of the lads (myself included) never even knew about this until we got chatting with some locals in a bar next to the Ledra Palace (Manhattan's if memory serves).

Sad indeed that there is still no real memorial to the lads that died out there due to terrorism. Christ, one of our 'Feet in in-tray' tasks out there was to do up a Macedonian Partisan war grave cemetary not far from Bravo 18 (opposite the Turkish position on Egg Hill), yet as per normal we do not honor our own dead.
 
#3
My dad was out there at this time (1955 - 1958), he was OC the Field Security Section and was instrumental in the deportation of Makarios for terrorist activities.

I was there as a child in hirings around the island, we had to move every 6 months or so for security reasons, I don't remember a great deal, but remember bits.

The memorial is well overdue.
 
#4
Funny how thing appear as well.

My Uncle was in Malta during the "hard" times in Cyprus but was posted to Cyprus just after.

he often stated that people in the UK had no idea what was going on and how many died.

He also used to say that Malta was a shite hole and Cyprus was a great post as there were no tourists then :?
 

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#5
Lawrence Durrell's book 'Bitter Lemons' has some interesting background into how the terrorism got started.

Quite a few British and Commonwealth graves in Greece from when we tried to save Greece in 1941 (we also helped to save Greece from Communism after the war was over). Clearly all we get for it is small-minded bigotry.
 
#6
I beleive there is still one British Officer "MIA" - a major I think. The name escapes me but I seem to recall he was a colourful and courageous character on the Int side whose body has never been found? Anyone recall his name (or the story for that matter)?
 

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My old regiment served out there, in 1958, I believe they relieved a Scottish regimen. And again in 1962-64. When 4 months after their return they were shipped off again for over a year to Far East.

There is a quite old film, 'The High Bright Sun', starring Dirk Bogarde which is about the only film to mention the EOKA troubles and Cyprus.
 

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Vimeiro said:
In the film 'The League of Gentleman' the character played by Bryan Forbes, IIRC, was cashiered for shooting EOKA suspects.
I knew there was something about him that I liked.
 
#10
Possibly the last time that we operated with not too much attention to Marquis of Queensbury rules. I cannot even remember the colour of any RoE card we had!
Nearly everything that was done involved us vs. Greeks. Occasional involvement with Turks but they were very strong against the Greek side. I suppose the worst effort (that ever came to light) was when a unit was taking a crowd of Greek demonstrators into the country to cool them down. Long walk hone gave them time to think. On this occasion, they dropped the Greeks off in a Turkish village. Come the morning, the fields bore a strange fruit as KKK used to say.
I can understand any local resistance to memorials. As ye sow, so shall ye reap
 
#13
I was at RAF Troodos late 80's and just outside Troodos village (just beyond where you turn up towards Mt Olympus) there is another small British Military graveyard containing service personnel and their families from the 1800's. I believe the majority of the personnel there were members of engineering regiments who constructed the original road up the mountain.
 
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OldRedCap said:
Possibly the last time that we operated with not too much attention to Marquis of Queensbury rules. I cannot even remember the colour of any RoE card we had!
Nearly everything that was done involved us vs. Greeks. Occasional involvement with Turks but they were very strong against the Greek side. I suppose the worst effort (that ever came to light) was when a unit was taking a crowd of Greek demonstrators into the country to cool them down. Long walk hone gave them time to think. On this occasion, they dropped the Greeks off in a Turkish village. Come the morning, the fields bore a strange fruit as KKK used to say.
I can understand any local resistance to memorials. As ye sow, so shall ye reap

We served at a similar time OldRedCap, me slightly after you.
Some wise words there, as we sowed so shall we reap.
I never served in Cyprus but of course I knew many blokes that did.

I personally think that the National Service blokes did a magnificent job.
It is a shame that they are largely forgotten. But as Shakespeare said' t'was ever thus'.
 
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Hoochie said:
I served out there in 1991/2 with the UN RR - it was amazing how many of the lads (myself included) never even knew about this until we got chatting with some locals in a bar next to the Ledra Palace (Manhattan's if memory serves).

Sad indeed that there is still no real memorial to the lads that died out there due to terrorism. Christ, one of our 'Feet in in-tray' tasks out there was to do up a Macedonian Partisan war grave cemetary not far from Bravo 18 (opposite the Turkish position on Egg Hill), yet as per normal we do not honor our own dead.
My bold, i think with the recent conflicts we have started to have honour our dead, take the Memorial Wall in the COB Basra. It contains every name of every soldier and contractor who has died in support of operations within th former MND(SE) AOR.

Every brick of the wall is being removed and flown back to the UK so that the wall can be rebuilt.
 
#19
I can see the logic that a better location for a suitable memorial is needed. I am also not surprised that a proposal to locate it in the Republic of Cyprus would be rejected out of hand by the Government because that sort of mindless pettiness is regretably the norm for the political class of Cyprus.

Surely the best way forward is not to go to North Cyprus when it is just an illegal government playing political games. The best way forward would be to go to the Sovereign Base Authority and create a fitting memorial on the SBA which is and should always remain British Territory. Or have the SBA already rejected this in an effort to appease the ROC?
 
#20
Feels strange reading this post my old step dad did a national service tour over there then went reg and did another tour.He always said to me that it was the best time of his life mind you when he popped his clogs and the wil came out i found out he had left most of his estate to two "love children" he had out there needless to say my mother was not best happy no bloody wounder we went over there every year. Its about time the sacrifice of the troops was remembered by a memorial, we have got to many unremembered fallen comrades around the globe.
 

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