Remembering and honouring those who fought for Liberty
Remembering that millions had perished and some of the world’s greatest cultural heritage was destroyed and damaged through war, makes this 75th Anniversary more than exceptional.
My family, being one like many countless ordinary people, who fought the enemies of darkness, the Nazis and their accomplices, all over Planet Ocean’s Seven Seas and others all over mainland Europe, Africa and in the United Kingdom, managed to survive despite some losses. Some of them have been captured during the Naval War – particularly the one “conducted” by the Merchant Navy with the Convoys, some ships were torpedoed, but still managed to survive. One of them was my late father Nicholas Faraclas serving as Chief Officer on board the s/s Tony of his cousin John of the Chandris Family. His brother Elias was arrested in Capo Verde serving as chief officer too on board another Chandris’ vessel, the s/s Aghios Vlasios, and the eldest brother John Faraclas was unscathed, serving as master on board the s/s Isobel – yet another Chandris vessel. Their brother-in-law, Chief Engineer Constantis Democretus Pithis, after his vessel sunk, was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese in Java… Another vicim of the family uncle Sideris Christopher Filippakis, serving as Boatswain on board the s/s P. Margaronis – she went down wih all her crew on March 1940…
My mother, Marcella Faraclas-Kostalas, who has just passed away on the 16th of March, worked behind enemy lines in the Gestapo office on the Nazi occupied Island of Chios and at same time with her brother, captain Venizelos M. Costalas, had a wireless in the loft of their grand-parents’ the Margaronis’ Family house, transmitting all movements of the enemy to the British Forces. She was beyond suspicion! She was decorated in 1949 with the King’s Medal for Courage, from the Chios and the Greek State recently… Another victim from my mother’s family was uncle Sideris Christopher Filippakis, serving as Boatswain on board the s/s P. Margaronis – she went down with all her crew on March 1940… I will stop here as the list will never end…
Greek Shipping, owners and seafarers together with many British seafarers and others from other nations serving on board Greek owned ships suffered more losses than any other nation; never forget this!
The War at Sea was a very difficult one and well fought prompting Sir Winston Churchill to call the Merchant Navy the Fourth Weapon of the War. Alike then, today’s Seafarers are fighting another War against Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to keep the supply line of humanity alive!!!
Let us “fight” for Peace now, as still there are some dark forces trying to exploit humanity and make it a mess again; hope the above serves as a notice so they comply or else !