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26) Cathy Jewell  Female
Location:
Somerset, UK
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Friday, 17 April 2015 18:08 Host: host-92-6-244-149.as43234.net

My Grandmother's cousin was Paul Hunter, chief officer on the Empire Patrol at the time. Paul spoke to me only once of this terrible day when with tears in his eyes he recounted having to throw people into the sea to escape the acrid smoke. He received an MBE for his actions that day, but his pride in this honour was greatly marred by the terrible loss of life and that he had not been able to save more people. Reading your excellent website and seeing how so many of the survivors rebuilt their lives I am sure would have restored some of his pride.
25) Andrew Raikes  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:48 Host: 5ad3878e.bb.sky.com

My father, Henry Raikes. passed away 5 years ago, and my mother last year. On going through some papers, I came upon a letter written to my mother (then girlfriend) where he describes very movingly the rescue efforts. He was a coder on HMS Mermaid at the time. He also describes what it was like for a wholly male compliment to have to look after young children with no English. Shame I didn't find this web site when he was still alive, but having said that, he never really spoke about the war, though I do know he found it traumatic, so reading the letter, was the first I knew about it, and his involvement.
24) Dennis Ellis 
Location:
Victoria, Canada
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Sunday, 17 March 2013 04:56 Host: S0106602ad094eb2d.gv.shawcable.net

My father Norman Ellis was an aircraft electrician on board HMS Trouncer at the time of this incident. One thing he mentioned was that the large amount of camp-cots on board and utilized in making the hanger into a barracks/hospital, normally would not have been there. The ship was being utilized to transport additional supplies needed elsewhere. A fortunate hapenstance.
23) Ron Tully  Male
Location:
United Kingdom
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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:20 Host: host-92-17-83-102.as13285.net

Hi There,
I was wondering if any one could help, I was going through some papers of my late farther and came across a paper clipping regarding the Empire Patrol, me and my farther were estranged for many year but In his later life we remembered him telling us a story about the Empire Patrol, my farther served on board HMS Mermaid, this is a long shot but I'am trying to put some things together about my late farther, he told me and my wife about this disaster and that he saw a baby in the water and that he jumped in to rescue the baby but was told off for doing so. as i mentioned this is a long shot but it would be great if somebody, as remembered. as it mentions in the guestbook people never forget.

regards Ron
22) Ioannis Christodoulou  Male
Location:
Greece
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Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:10 Host: o0x11w.static.otenet.gr

Thank you very much for the site. My grandparents lost their two children (Christos & Despina Christodoulou) in this terrible tragedy. So sad...
21) Mike Baillie  Male
Location:
UK
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 13:11 IP: 212.183.140.2

Thank you all for allowing me to solve a mystery that has been with me since visiting your beautiful Island under unusual circumstances in Feb 1979. May you and your families enjoy peace and happiness for all the generations to come, which you so richly deserve. God bless you. Mike.

"IN ARDUIS FIDELIS"
20) Tina Panigiris  Female
Location:
Sydney NSW
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 07:19 Host: 220-244-121-51.static.tpgi.com.au

My Father-In-Law's(Peter Paul Panigiris,God rest his soul) sisters were on the boat, who one of them (Despina Mavrou, nee Panigiris) to this day lives with her family on Castellorizo. The other sister (Elizabeth Fountas nee Panigiris) lives in Adelaide South Australia. Thea Elisabeth left her 6 week old baby on the burning boat, as she gave up on trying to get through the flames and black smoke. In seeing this, her sister Despina immersed herself in water and went back to look for the baby, She found him (a boy named Paul who lives in South Australia with his own family) and put him in the front part of her dress lifting it up and clenching it with her teeth to form a pouch. they were saved, and I've heard this story many times in my 30 year marriage to my husband George Peter Panigiris. I find listening eagerly everytime that story is told (being from Cazzie descent myself, my grandparents were Eleutherios Amigdalos and Despina Karpathio), with sadness for the lives lost, but with admiration for such a strong woman as Thea Despo.
19) Ted Else  Male
Location:
Uk
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Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:55 Host: cpc8-duns6-2-0-cust506.9-3.cable.virginmedia.com

An excellent web site, more so interesting as a member of ours was there.
18) Ross Savvas  Male
Location:
Adelaide
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Sunday, 29 May 2011 12:59 Host: ppp121-45-99-10.lns20.adl6.internode.on.net

Thank you for a very informative site. Many memories of my YiaYia and Mother telling me about the sinking of the Empire Patrol
17) Dalia Ioannides  Female
Location:
Melbourne, Australia
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 01:40 Host: c210-49-92-119.dandn3.vic.optusnet.com.au

Every time I enter this site I find something new and interesting to read.
Keep up the good work.
16) James Mather 
Location:
UK
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Sunday, 27 February 2011 18:22 Host: 79-68-64-4.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com

Very interesting website.

My grandfather, Mervyn Llewellyn Mather, served as Chief Engineer on MV Empire Patrol in the period before the disastrous passage.

Good wishes.
15) Gus Kazaglis  Male
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Monday, 21 February 2011 05:40 Host: c122-106-227-240.belrs3.nsw.optusnet.com.au

This record is a moving living tribute to all those associated. Thankyou.
14) Victoria Kazaglis Gallagher  Female
Location:
Sydney
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 08:26 Host: 60-241-171-241.static.tpgi.com.au

Thank you for keeping the history alive. Without you keen historians our heritage would be lost with time. Thank you for the pleasure you have created by finding out about our past.
13) Kristella Christodoulou  Female
Location:
Brisbane Australia
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Saturday, 30 October 2010 18:08 Host: cpc3-mort5-2-0-cust425.croy.cable.virginmedia.com

Congratulations on the website... what a wonderful tribute to this terrible tragedy....
12) Irene Adgemis  Female
Location:
Melbourne, Australia
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Friday, 29 October 2010 11:20 Host: CPE-124-190-197-31.dqnt1.win.bigpond.net.au

Special thanks for all the effort that has been made to document this tragic event in Kastellorizo's history.

My late aunty Chrysanthi (Agapito)Fermanis perished in this tragedy at the tender age of appx 5 years old.
My mother and her living and deceased siblings have endured this heartache their whole life and it has had a profound effect on all of them especially their late Mother Eipivi who was forever depressed until she also passed away in her early 50's.
Sincere thanks on behalf of the Late Agapito & Eipivi Fermanis and their respective families
11) patricia Manolas  Female
Location:
sydney, Australia
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Tuesday, 7 September 2010 01:09 Host: CPE-58-170-8-38.lns7.ken.bigpond.net.au

Extremely interesting . Well done.
10) Elizabeth (Zambetta) Exintaris  Female
Location:
Australia Melbourne
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Sunday, 5 September 2010 11:47 Host: 203-158-38-242.dyn.iinet.net.au

Dear Dr Paul Boyatzis, Allan Cresswell, Nicholas Pappas - Congratulations to you all and all your team for providing such historical data. My grandmother and great great mother were on board and perished. I always wanted to know what really had happened and you have provided me with all the links to my family. My father Paraskos Exintari was in tears today reading rhia. It was a beautiful father days present for him to remember his mum and his family. Thank you so much for providing a photo of my grandmother. I will copy and try to get it reconstructed in some way. Thank you once again.
Elizabeth
9) Alexandra Elkington (Kambouris  Female
Location:
Toowoomba Queensland
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Saturday, 12 June 2010 10:09 Host: CPE-124-185-14-12.lns7.cha.bigpond.net.au

This is such a moving story. I have just come back from Kastellorizo and found it so beautiful. I can feel for those who come home and found their homeland not as they left it. For the 33 who died words can not express my sorrow.
Congratulations for such a great book.
8) Fermanis, Gary George 
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Sunday, 6 June 2010 10:44 Host: 110-174-3-102.static.tpgi.com.au

Thank-you for this moving and informative web site.
7) Dalia Ioannides  Female
Location:
Melbourne, Australia
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Friday, 28 May 2010 07:34 Host: c210-49-68-214.dandn3.vic.optusnet.com.au

(7) Congratulations Allan and thank you for keeping alive the memory of the Empire Patrol.

The story is one that most Kastellorizians will remember by word of mouth from family members who experienced the disaster. With your impeccable website, new generations of Kastellorizians will perpetuate the memory.

As a survivor of the disaster, our Mum (Glikeria Stavrou nee Athanasiou) God rest her bless├ęd soul, would have been impressed and proud to know that the story lives on.

The website is a treasure and your work is very much appreciated.
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