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BerichtGeplaatst: 05 Apr 2011 23:50    Onderwerp: Malta salutes 270 fallen Anzacs Reageer met quote

Malta salutes 270 fallen Anzacs

UNDS are being raised to erect a memorial to more than 270 Anzacs who are buried on the island of Malta.

Supporters of the plan say many Australians do not realise that Gallipoli veterans were buried on the Mediterranean island.

It is believed it will be the first Anzac memorial erected outside of Australia, New Zealand and at Gallipoli, Turkey.

Many wounded Anzacs were evacuated to Malta from Gallipoli in 1915 when the island earned the title "Nurse of the Mediterranean".

A 6m-high monument - which will cost about $200,000 - is being designed and sculpted by Gianni Bonnici, and will be erected in the Argotti Botanical Gardens in Floriana, Malta.

More than 4000 wounded soldiers were evacuated from Gallipoli and in hospital in Malta. Many passed away on the island and their remains returned to Australia and NZ, but there are about 200 Australians and more than 70 New Zealanders still buried there.

A fundraising dinner dance is being held at Findon tonight to raise funds to complete the memorial.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have written letters supporting the memorial, which will be read out at the fundraiser.

In her letter, Ms Gillard says Australia and Malta share a proud history of standing together in the face of war.

Part of the proposed Anzac memorial for Malta.
Source: AdelaideNow



"These bonds were forged during the fateful Gallipoli campaign of 1915 - a campaign which profoundly impacted Australia's national identity," she says. Mr Abbott has described it as "a worthy venture".

Malta War Memorial Committee chief executive Charles Figallo said yesterday it was a project dear to the heart of the Maltese.

Mr Figallo said between $120,000 and $150,000 had been raised so far in Australia and Malta towards the cost of the Anzac memorial, which may attract more visitors to

the island.

"Everyone goes to Gallipoli to honour the Anzacs, but no one goes to Malta to honour the 300 who are buried there," Mr Figallo said.

Honorary Maltese Consul for SA Frank Scicluna said that for many Maltese commemorating the Anzacs, who are buried on the island, was "a way to say thank you to Australia".
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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Mrt 2015 18:55    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

QUIET CORNERS OF A FOREIGN ISLAND Ė PART ONE

There are three main cemeteries on Malta with WW1 graves, although there a few other isolated graves in other cemeteries.

Two of them are the Pieta Military Cemetery, and the Cappucini Naval Cemetery at Kalkara. The third is the Addolorata Cemetery in Paola. The CWGC has printed several leaflets about the cemeteries on Malta which are available either at the main tourist office in Valletta or in the individual cemetery offices.

There are 1947 WW1 deaths recorded on Malta by the CWGC. There is little topsoil on Malta so many sailors and soldiers are buried two or three in a grave marked by horizontal slabs as graves had to be cut out of the rock. Not all those who died during the Great War are buried in CWGC graves. In fact the variety of grave styles and sizes is what makes these Maltese cemeteries so interesting.

Voor de rest van het artikel en voor deel 2 klik op:
http://www.firstworldwarcentenary.co.uk/quiet-corners-of-a-foreign-island-part-one/
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