On HMS Phoebe after Crete evacuation

Lucky boys: engineers from 19th (NZ) Army Troops Company on board the cruiser HMS Phoebe after being evacuated from Crete, 1 June 1941. Left to right: Norman Jull, Snowy Close and Harry Gregory.

The Phoebe was the last ship to evacuate troops from Sfakia. It had been dispatched to Crete after New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser asked that British naval authorities send an extra vessel on the final night of evacuation (31 May).

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barbara kalmoutis

Posted: 07 May 2011

I am wondering if there has been any response to posting 4/11/2011 re HMS PHOEBE by Patti...Thank you

Patti

Posted: 12 Apr 2011

I'm looking for any survivors of the Battle of Crete that were evacuated on the Phoebe, from Sfakia to Alexandria. I have a friend, who is 92, and her husband, now sadly passed, who was Greek and was evacuated with the New Zealand contingent from Crete. Although not standard procedure, he being Greek, he should have stayed behind, but he saved the life a New Zealand soldier, and the soldier told him that in return he would save his life. Somehow Peter was able to get on the Phoebe for Alexandria. Peter's widow is researching the Battle of Crete, as there is an upcoming anniversary. I would appreciate any information you might have. Regards Patti O'Brien