1st Border Regiment, Crete 1897 (forum archive)
|Posted by plbramham » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:09 pm|
|The Border Regiment 1st Battalion, while based in Malta in 1897, sent two companies to Crete - I wondered why?
In 1896 a rebellion against Ottoman rule erupted on Crete, resulting in The Greco-Turkish War of 1897. Greek troops landed on the island. The protecting powers Britain, Russia, France, & Italy imposed a blockade and landed 3,000 troops dividing Crete into four zones in which each power kept the status quo and, following Ottoman approval, established control and forced the Greek army to leave the island. Fighting on Crete ceased and the island was given autonomous status within the Ottoman Empire. On 25th August 1898, following the appointment of Stylianos M. Alexiou as the first Christian director of the Revenue Service, rural Turks and Bashibazuks (irregular Turkish troops) attacked new clerks on their way to work at the customs house, and their British detachment escort. Around 700 Cretan Greeks, 17 British soldiers and the British Consul in Crete were killed. The Powers executed the Turkish ringleaders of the riots and decided that all Ottoman influence on Crete had to end. On November 3 1898, under the orders of the Powers, the Turkish troops began withdrawal from the island.
For full details of Crete during this period go to: http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/journals/journal-of-modern-greek-studies
|Posted by plbramham » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:35 pm|
|Just discovered if you use the link it sends you go to the general library site which requires a password to access. To go directly to the individual document, (PDF file) type in the search bar: " muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/journals/journal_of_modern_greek_studies"
Interesting that the regiment were back on Crete less than 50 years later during WW2!
|Posted by CockneyTone » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:47 am|
|Missed this when you first posted it, thanks for this as info on the Occupation can be hard to find, my Grandfather was in one of the Companies that were involved and my enquires previously have drawn a bit of a blank, even with a Local guide that I enquired with!