Email Tributes

 

E-mail tributes

 

I have included below a small selection of the over 200 e-mail tributes received following Tony’s death.  I hope reading them will bring back fond memories.

If your e-mail tribute has not been included, and you would like it added, please let me know.

Ann Trewartha


From: JoHazelby@aol.com
To: fennyscrete@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 09:51:59 EST

Shattering news. Tony was a wonderful man who brought pleasure to a lot of people, and he will be sorely missed. Thanks to him I am now doing an OU course in Ancient Greece and Rome, at the age of 84. He kept my mind active and cared for me on many study tours. I find it hard to accept that I will never see him again.

Jo Hazelby

 


From:  Elaine E Barnett <elaine.barnett@lineone.net>
To:  "Tony Fennymore" fennyscrete@hotmail.com

 

We were so very, very sad to hear of Tony's death.  We first met Tony many years ago in Chania on one of 'Fenny's Tours'.  It was wonderful and we were inspired by his enthusiasm for the history, architecture and culture of the wonderful island of Crete.

We live on Crete for 3-4 months a year and, whenever there, would always give him a call and then meet up for a drink or a meal.  We will miss the banter over a glass of wine looking out over the harbour that he so loved and his larger than life character.

We held a party at our house last October and were so glad that Tony could make it.  We can still see him stomping around our courtyard to 60’s music, arms waving and laughing.  That was the last time we saw him.


I had finally managed to book myself on the Peloponnese Tour in April and was so looking forward to spending a week in his company and listening and learning again from the great man.  Sadly it was not
meant to be.

Walking down Theokotopolou Street in Chania will never be the same.  Banging on the door, Tony throwing the keys down and shouting 'catch' at the top of his voice and then a great laugh and joke about 'ladies of the night'!  He will be greatly missed.

Elaine Elizabeth and Terence John BARNETT
The Gardens, Moreton Road, Buckingham MK 18 1PE
Tel: 01280-815385


Tony was a GOLDEN MAN, a life enhancer. I'm not looking forward to Chania without his great company.

John Craxton (Painter)


From: "Karen " <karen@darvilles.co.uk>
To: "'Tony Fennymore'" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 10:12:37 -0000

We are writing to say how very sorry we are to hear about Tony.  It was such a shock.  We are all so very sad. He was such a lovely man, so kind, generous and passionate about his music and Greece etc.  All of us loved him dearly.  We feel as though we have lost a family member as we all go back such a long way.  He will be sorely missed in Windsor and in Chania.

  

Karen, Delyth and Tonya   xxx

  


From: Jane Earl <jane.earl@bptms.co.uk>
To: "Tony Fennymore" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
CC: m.earl3@ntlworld.com
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 09:37:16 +0000

We are so sad.  Tony was a great character who we met several years ago in Crete, and we seemed to bump into him wherever we went.  He will be deeply missed.


Tony's knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Crete was infectious and inspiring, and we were looking forward to making contact again this year.  Rest assured we will raise a glass in his memory in one or more of his favourite places.

Mike & Jane Earl

  


From:  Dorothy Stannard <dorothy@insightguides.co.uk>
To:  fennyscrete@hotmail.com
Date:  Tue, 6 Feb 2007 10:02:43 +0000

 

I am very, very sorry to hear of Tony’s death.

He worked for us on a number of occasions over the years, updating our guidebooks on Crete.
He was incredibly knowledgeable, very professional, and always a pleasure to talk to.

We will miss his help and support.


Yours sincerely,

Dorothy Stannard

Executive Editor, Insight Guides

 


From:  Elizabeth Boleman-Herring <greecetraveler@verizon.net>
To:  Tony Fennymore <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject:  Re: Sad News

 

I am so, so sorry to hear this sad news.  I was a fellow Insight Guide author on Greece, along with Tony, as well as a lifelong philhellene. . .but Tony was my jazz-musician-husband, Dean's, and my good friend as well.  We loved him, and had so hoped to see him again this coming fall on Crete.  If he had been seriously ill, we did not know, but we share now in this shock and loss.  He was such a dear, unique, immense, and irreplaceable spirit, and the Universe might have left him with us all a while longer.


All our love,
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring and Dean Robert Pra
tt


From: "Diane Steger" <diflance@otenet.gr>
To: "'Tony Fennymore'" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject: My sympathies
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 16:55:44 +0200

 

This is such a shock and will take awhile to believe

Tony was a great soul, and I am grateful to have known him for the past 20 years.  He will be missed by many on Crete, but remembered with highest regards and much fondness for his great spirit for life, wonderful sayings and warm heart.

Diana Steger

Diana Travel

  


From: "Ross, Jim" <jimross@wiltshire.gov.uk>
To: "Tony Fennymore" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
CC: "Woolnough, Joanna" <JoannaWoolnough@wiltshire.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: Sad News
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 09:20:05 -0000

 

All of the staff here at Urchfont Manor are so sad.  Tony was a much admired and respected tutor.  He was one of those rare people who filled the whole of their space in the world and whose enthusiasm and love of life were very infectious.  He leaves a very large gap.

With kind regards

Jim Ross

Principal Urchfont College


From: "J & D Biddle" <biddle@grecian.net>
To: "Tony Fennymore" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Sad News
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 21:25:43 +0200

 

This is indeed very sad and unexpected news.  Since we moved to Crete some years ago Tony has been a fine friend, and always excellent company.  Widely knowledgeable, always interested to learn something new, to discuss with an open mind and ready to offer advice and assistance.  His profound knowledge of Crete and ability to convey this to others were unique.  We will deeply miss his good company.

Derek & Joanne Biddle

  


From:  "msaurelia smeltz" <msaurelia@gmail.com>
To:  "Tony Fennymore" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject:  Re: Sad News
Date:  Mon, 5 Feb 2007 16:51:49 -0500

 

I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony.  He was my friend.  He was a wonderful man and a true friend.  He saw life as an adventure and lived it accordingly.


Aurelia Smeltz

Pittsburgh, PA.
U.S.A.


From:  "Ammos Hotel" <ammosguest@hotmail.com>
To:  fennyscrete@hotmail.com
Subject:  RE: Sad News
Date:  Mon, 05 Feb 2007 22:30:05 +0200

I knew Tony well and can’t believe it.  He will always be remembered as he was a genuinely nice, very interesting and very educated man.  I think that Chania, a place he so much loved, will be poorer without him.

Nikos Tsepetis
Director of Ammos Hotel
Phone: +302821033003/33025
Fax: +302821031635
Email:ammos@otenet.gr/ammosguest@hotmail.com
http://www.ammoshotel.com

 


I am so, so sorry.

He was a great man; one to be very proud of.

His love of Crete was without equal, and he shall be missed by all who knew him.

Andrew Stelios Jackson Stoddart

Hellenic Book Service

 


From:  Greektravel - Jane Scheib <jane@greektravel.co.nz>
To:  Tony Fennymore <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject:  Re: Sad News


I am shocked and sorry that I will not be seeing my friend and guide this year in his (and my)  beloved Hania.  I send you my sincerest thoughts and wish to tell you that Tony will be very much missed in the community in Hania.   I live in New Zealand and travel to Greece two times a year with tours and always sent my people with Tony on his walking tours or had him come along with us on our "New Zealand" tour around Hania.  He cannot be replaced and I will miss him dearly.  It will not be the same at Suzanna's Taverna or Vassilis cafe on Theodokopoulou Street.

Kind regards, and thank you for informing me.

Jane Scheib

Greek Travel


From Pat and Dave Turner. Canada

Subject:  Re: Sad News
Date:  Mon, 05 Feb 2007 15:04:25 -0800

Dave and I are crushed to learn of this terrible sadness.  Tony is a dear friend of ours (from Chania), we were aware of his health problems over the last few years, but this is a complete shock to us. We had so much yet to do!  So many stories to tell, so many plans to carry out, many meals to enjoy together, so much wine to drink, so much yet to do.  We will miss him terribly.   There will be a hole in Chania, and a hole in our hearts.  Our heart’s are broken.  Fennymore was loved.

Pat and Dave


From: "Capernaros Anna" <ananke@ret.forthnet.gr>
To: "Tony Fennymore" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Sad News
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 13:09:08 +0200

 

I was a good friend of Tony Fennymore and his humour and friendship is a great loss to us all.  I cannot be in the UK for his funeral but will be there in spirit.

Anna Capernaros

ananke@forthnet.gr

  


From:  "Hugh" <hugh@dynol.com>
Reply-To:  hugh@dynol.com
To:  "Tony Fennymore" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Date:  Mon, 5 Feb 2007 20:24:43 -0000 (GMT)


Very sad news, I am sure Crete will be the poorer for his absence.


Tony gave me excellent information of use to my studies of the Battle of Crete which I use in my public talks.

Hugh Davies
Guide and lecturer at Bletchley Park, and frequent visitor to Crete, my favourite place ever.

  


From: Roy Sidwell <royanne@dsl.pipex.com>

Date: 6 February 2007 13:02:09 GMT

To: Tony Fennymore <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>

Subject: Re: Sad News

 

We are very saddened to hear of Tony's death.  We met in Crete (sharing a common interest in Jazz).  He was good company, and we much enjoyed his tour of Chania.  He seemed a very fulfilled man, doing what he did so well.  He was an accomplished and gifted man.

Roy and Anne Sidwell

 


From: Alexia Georgiou

alexia@insightguides.co.uk

Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 10:59:05 +0000

On behalf of us at Insight Guides, I wanted to say that I worked with Tony on the ‘Crete Pocket Guide’ and am very sorry that he will no longer be bringing his dynamism and discerning eye to bear on our future projects.  He will be greatly missed.

Alexia
(Editor)


We are so sorry to hear of Tony's death.  He was a larger-than-life character, who spread joie de vivre wherever he went.

Len Phelps


From:  "Matthew Maggie" <matandmag@hotmail.com>
To:  fennyscrete@hotmail.com
Subject:  My Friend Tony
Date:  Thu, 08 Feb 2007 15:00:00 +0000

Tony was often in my thoughts.  When I first visited Crete, I went on his Town Walk and was inspired by him and his enthusiasm, this place he clearly loved.

From there a friendship grew, I know that he befriended many people with his great warmth.  They thought they were just going to Crete for some sun, and they came away with much, much more.  To me, he was a truly great man.


Matthew Hoare


From: PRoNaylor@aol.com
To: fennyscrete@hotmail.com
Subject: Sad News
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 13:44:50 EST

We were very shocked and saddened to hear of Tony's passing.  Over the past ten years, we have come to know him well: as a friend, as an authorative historian on Hania and Crete, and shared with him a love of old buildings.

He was a huge help when we bought a 400-year old house in Splanzia, Hania's Turkish quarter when, drawing on his FRICS expertise, we asked if he'd be prepared to keep an eye on it during its initial restoration.  For several crucial weeks he willingly did so, refusing any payment, which led us to enjoy his company for a number of convivial dining occasions, as we visited Hania's restaurants.


On its completion, we were delighted to welcome him into our finished house, to enjoy a glass or two of wine, but latterly, sadly, he chose water, as his diabetes and foot injury led him to careful abstinence.  Through all his ill health, he remained his old ebullient and cheerful self, giving little hint of what now seems to have been an increasingly serious battle with a worsening condition.

We saw him at a harbourside taverna last autumn, when he was suffering from a chest infection, though he made little of it.  In memory of such a lovely man, our stays in Hania will be much diminished by his absence.

 
Doris and Peter Naylor 

 


My name is John Wills, and I was the British Defence and Naval Attache in Athens from 2003-06.

We used to meet Tony every Battle of Crete celebration in May each year, and exchange information on British Naval history in Greece, normally over an ouzo or two, sometimes up at the Naval Museum, or maybe at Apostoli's taverna.

It was always a pleasure to pass some time with Tony, but it is our regret that we never took him up on his offer of a tour of hidden Xania.  However, we have a signed copy of his book, and when we return to Xania which we will inevitably do, it will be good to take out the book and follow his trails.

He was a remarkable man. 

   

John Wills


We are saddened to  read on the HPB newsletter of the great loss of Tony Fennymore.

Whilst staying at New Kydonia we have enormously enjoyed Tony's talks & walks and his passion for the island of Crete.  He brought everything alive and Chania became a different place whilst out walking with him.  We will always remember him having a drink at his favourite place on the corner at the end of his walk.  He always said we'd find him there after we had wandered down through the market.  He brought great enjoyment to wonderful holidays.

Ian and Karen Scott and family


From: Lin Dore [mailto:lin.dore@talk21.com]
Sent: 20 April 2007 20:36
Subject: April 2007 - Tony Fennymore

We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Tony Fennymore whom first we first met possibly 8 years whilst staying at New Kydonia.  We have since bought our own place near Chania and Tony's reputation is well known in the area.  Ironically we sat at a restaurant overlooking Chania harbour this Easter Friday facing the Maritime Museum (which he included in his tour), reminiscing about what Tony had said on his tour.  He must have been looking down on us.

We were so enchanted by his love of his favourite subject that we went to one of his talks back in England the following winter.

It is such a sad loss, as unless Lisa and Demetri know anyone who can fill his shoes, it will be the end of an era and so many people will miss gaining an indepth knowledge of the area in Tony's unique style without feeling that they were having a history book thrown at them.

Kind regards

Richard and Lin Dore


From: Bowkrak@aol.com
To: fennyscrete@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: Sad News
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 09:00:19 EST


My name is Perdita Kark,

Tony did many tours in Nafplion, Greece, and would always point out our family place there.  Purely by chance we were there a few years ago, shortly after my father, Austen Kark, was killed and Tony dropped a note in.

My mother, Nina Bawden, my daughter and myself shared a lovely evening with him and his partner Ann and  have kept up an intermittent correspondence ever since.

He was such good company and will be a sad loss.

My sincere condolences,

Perdita


victoria@kyriavic.com
Australia: +61 408 518681
Greece: +30 6977 781340

So very sad to hear the news of Tony's death. I met him in Hania a couple of years ago on a research trip for Lonely Planet and it was always a highlight to catch up with him on subsequent trips. He was one of the place's charming characters and his passion was always inspiring. Hania will be the poorer for his passing.

Victoria Kyriakopoulos
Freelance Journalist & Author
(Greece, Greek Islands, Crete, Best of Athens)
Lonely Planet Publications


We are shocked and devastated to hear of Tony’s sudden passing.  Russell, my husband only spoke to Tony a couple of weeks ago, and he seemed in fine fettle after his last op.

 

Russ had worked with Tony running the 'Adventure Club' from the American base.  They dashed around the Cretan hills in search of antiquities listed in Antique tour guides.  So much energy and passion was thrown into the mix with Tony’s presence.

 

Tony also honoured us by doing a reading from 'The Prophet' at our wedding. . . on a boat.  I have the whole thing on film.  His wonderful delivery sent goose pimples down our spines with his bold Shakespearian voice.  Very emotional for us all.

 

Chania will miss Tony, as a major cultural/social ingredient in Chania and Crete.  He will always live on fondly in our memories over here, with such passion for life, living it to the full every moment.  That is a rare thing.

 

Sadly,

Tiffany and Russell


I met Tony in Crete last May when I was on holiday.  He was very friendly and hospitable.  He invited me to dinner, to one of his tours and sent me to the shop with wonderful weaving.  It all helped to make a memorable holiday.  I am sure that he welcomed many people to Chania in this way.  He was one of life's great characters. It's such a sad loss. 

  

Gill Hawkins

Architect

DfES Schools Capita Design Team, London


I am deeply and sincerely sorry to hear that Tony is not with us anymore.  This is a shock to me, as we cooperated for several years, and his love for Hania and Crete was passed on by him.

Ariadne Troulitaki
Travel Club, Crete


We have known Tony for over 10 years, first meeting him at a lecture weekend in Woburn, not long after we bought the house in Crete where we now live.  He was a great guy and always fun to be with.  We will both miss him a great deal.

   

Sue and Andy Davies


So very, very, sorry

 

Tony was a civilising, scholarly presence among the British residents here, and I treasure all the many things I learned from him in the course of his walks. The community has lost a gentleman.

 

Sandy Smithies


I met Tony for the first time when he was co-leader on a tour to Greece last Spring and really took to him - he was a great chap, and knew just how to mix humour with
seriousness in his approach to life.

Gail Bennett


I have spent many holidays in Crete.  Because of my love for the island, I attended two of Tony's courses at Urchfont College in Wiltshire.  I also spent a couple of days in his company in Chania when I introduced a couple of friends to the Crete I know.

He was an amusing and penetrating lecturer on Cretan history.  We did not always agree, but a good teacher should be provocative.  He was also very good company. 

The world will miss a bit of colour with his passing.

Sidney Fremantle


Deeply, deeply sorry.

I knew Tony many years ago in Windsor.  We went up to Hania to visit him every year
while we were in Crete, and we last saw him in October 2006.

He was an inspiration to my step-son Max, who still often talks about him.  
He was a very special person. I shall really miss him, but I am so glad that he had those years in a place he loved and understood so well (although I know he missed his family and grand children a lot - he often talked about that).

He was a good man.

Helena Malekin-Rafferty


I was so, so sad and shocked.  Tony has been a friend and co-leader of holidays in Greece for more than 10 years, and I was very fond of him indeed.

Our shared love of Crete in particular, and Greece in general, was a special bond.  All that knowledge just snuffed out . . . . . I can't believe it.

He was due to co-lead a tour to the Peloponnese with me in April.   I shall have to employ a Greek professional guide to take his place and this will be a totally different thing, and a very painful experience for me.  He is irreplacable.

Anne Cryer


Dear Ann,

 

This passage from a book of translated Greek Poetry by Constantine says it all.

 

This Room, so familiar,

near the door, a carpet,

close by, the shelf with books,

in the middle, the table where he sat.

 

They must still be around somewhere,

these old things,

beside the window was the bed,

the afternoon sun fell across half of it.

 

One afternoon at four o'clock we parted,

for a week only . . .

and then,

that week became forever.

 

We are so lonely knowing he is gone,

Love,

Pat and Dave Turner (Canada)


Tony was such a generous, gregarious character.  So much fun to be with and so hospitable.  Also highly intelligent, soaking up information and knowledge on his chosen subjects, and liking nothing better than imparting that knowledge to all that were interested . . . preferably over a jug or two of red wine.

He will be sadly missed by his countless friends in both England and Crete.  Tony lived a full and interesting life with a lot of joy in his heart.

With love,

Carol and Len Sargent


It's extraordinary that I could grieve for a man that I only met on a handful of occasions, but I came under his spell - as have so many - a man of huge charm, devoid of pretension or predjudice, and with a surfeit of talent and knowledge in Jazz and the Cretan world and the rest.

A truly interesting and engaging man.  He was irresistably good company.  What multiplies our grief is "What was going to be" . . . . so much to look forward to, and this has been snatched from us, and that is where the pain lies.

Brian and Patty Leavey


What a sad, sad day.  We're looking at Tony's book "Fenny's Chania" and his acknowledgment about you making the book possible, with total disbelief.

We at "Nea Kydonia" considered Tony much more than a visitor.  Every Wednesday, we looked forward to his talk and all our guests loved his Saturday walks at the landmark "hand Monument".  Tony was larger than life , we loved him and there are so many loving comments in our guest books about him.  He will always be missed.

All our love and support,

Terry, Mo, Lisa and family


Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 01:34:22 -0400
From: "msaurelia smeltz" <msaurelia@gmail.com>
To: "ann trewartha" <ann.trewartha@btinternet.com>
Subject: Re: Re: Fwd: FW: Re: Sad News


I met Tony on occasions when I came to Crete.  He was a man apart who lived life
fully.  He will be dearly missed by many, many people who knew and loved him.

I knew him as a very generous man.  He invited me on all of his lecture tours and
would not charge me because I am a friend of his friend, Andy Stoddart of Hellenic Bookshop.
Some say the best thing is to be remembered well, and indeed, Tony will be
remembered well.

Aurelia Smeltz


Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 08:41:20 +0000 (GMT)
From: Poppy Kouratora <poppykouratora@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Fwd: terriblenews
To: "ann trewartha" <ann.trewartha@btinternet.com>


I am so sorry!  I have just heard the news and I was so sad.  I wanted to leave you in peace for a while but I am so sorry.  He was an adorable man, so fun to be with.  So alive and interesting, I could not believe it.

Lots of love,

Poppy Kouratora


From: "kostas salekakes" <salekakes2@hotmail.com>
To: ann.trewartha@btinternet.com
Subject: RE: tony
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 23:57:07 +0000


OH NO, my true friend Tony, I will never forget the little house Limani Hania.  You and Tony will always live in my memory and heart.  I always waited for you both to visit me in Syria, and how sad I am knowing that will not now become true.

Rest in peace Tony.  I hope to see you one day dear friend.

ANN. Yasser Salek Syria


From: "Doreen Scott" <doreen@jimdoreenscott.fsnet.co.uk>
To: "ann trewartha" <ann.trewartha@btinternet.com>
Subject: tribute
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 18:42:31 +0100


Hello Ann,

Herewith one of my favourite memories of Tony.   Tony found pleasure in the simple things of life.  We were fortunate enough to stay in his house a couple of years ago, and because we find Greek marmalade too sweet, we took a jar of our own homemade.  When we went home I gave Tony the remainder of the jar.  A few days later we received an e mail.  'What bliss to sit on my balcony in the sunshine eating my toast and English marmalade.'

I can just see Tony calling to passers by as he enjoyed his breakfast.

Doreen Scott


Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2007 10:56:04 +0100 (BST)
From: Fran Martell <ftr_features@btinternet.com>
Subject: Tony
To: ann.trewartha@btinternet.com


We were so sad to hear about Tony.  He was a great guy, it was a great shock.  He was a real character who was passionate and extremely knowledgable about Crete. It was a real privilidge to have known him and worked with him.  My husband and I are both travel writers, and Tony helped us out with contacts and ideas.  I was in contact with him early this year on a Crete Feature that appeared only last month.  It's good to know you were able to bring him back to Crete.

Fran Martell and Bill Todd


Department of the Navy,  U.S Naval Support Activity,  Souda Bay,  Crete

Tony Fennymore FRICS, FRGS was a British author, historian and archaeologist.  He was an ardent phillhellene and positively presented the island of Crete and it's heritage through television programmes on BBC1 and BBC2.  He also published many articles and books on the history and traditions of the island.  The Unites States Navy personnel stationed in Greece have been very fortunate to have participated in many guided tours and lectures on the history and culture of Crete conducted by Mr. Fennymore.  His enthusiasm , professionalism and loyalty made him an invaluable friend to all stationed at U.S Naval Support Activity at Souda Bay.

D. EINSIDLER

Captain, United States Navy 


From: "David Wardle" <wardle@otenet.gr>
To: "'Tony Fennymore'" <fennyscrete@hotmail.com>
Subject: RE: Sad News
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 10:14:08 +0200

Tony will be missed by many folk here in Crete as he was always so much larger then life.  We knew him well as we were often involved in his excursions, outings, cultural and, sometimes, not so cultural activities.  We always enjoyed his unique language of banter.

I got to know him particularly well during my time as President of the CIC.  I had the privilege of collaborating with him to produce an article, for the CIC newsletter, in respect of a unique collection of photographs now on display in the Naval Museum in Hania; having only been realised with Tony’s enthusiasm.  I have attached the article (see below), as it reminds us of just a hint of his great knowledge, but please forgive me if you have already seen it.

David and Glenys Wardle 


A “LOST” TREASURE TROVE OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Recently, Tony Fennymore, a member and very good friend of CIC, mentioned to me that there is a unique collection of photographs on display at the Maritime Museum of Crete in Hania. In his own modest way, he said that their presence had something to do with him. Being perhaps a little preoccupied, being the night of the Cappella Singers concert in Hania, what he had said did not sink in as much as it should have done for which I apologise to Tony.

A few days later, Tony sent me a copy of his Notes relating to the 30 photographs which were all taken in Crete during World War II and in particular in Hania in 1945; what a fascinating story the notes and photographs tell. Before being able to write this article, I wanted to see the photographs for myself. They are on permanent display in the second room on the left hand side of the “Battle of Crete” section at first floor level. Although they are copies of the originals, the quality is stunning and they have been given fine setting by the Museum.

25 of the photographs were apparently taken by Marcus McCausland who, in the latter part of his life, lived at Odos Iroon Politechneiou 38, Hania. The originals were discovered by his three daughters, Elysoun, Christina and Mariana, only some three years ago in an apartment in Hania where they had been put away for many years in a suitcase which they found in a storage cupboard. Tony tells me that all three sisters were members of CIC at one time and so this story is so pertinent to us all.

Many of the photographs show Hania in May 1945 and it is quite possible that today’s citizens of Hania may recognise themselves, their relatives or friends. Although much work has been done to identify locations and people depicted in the photographs, there are many gaps in the record. Tony and the Museum together would very much appreciate any further identification.

The photographs really need to be seen to be appreciated as such a unique collection and we should all be grateful for the discovery and display through the generosity and cooperation of the three sisters, Tony and the Museum; not forgetting the foresight of Marcus McCausland who we assume put the photographs in the suitcase all those years ago.

John Marcus Graham McCausland  BA, RA. (Rank 65384-Major) was appointed Head of AGIS  (Anglo Greek Information Service) in 1944. It is presumed that he arrived in Crete with this appointment as head of AGIS prearranged in North Africa. In October 1944, he was delivered, at night, onto a beach on the south coast of the Nomos of Heraklion. Immediately, he found that the Cretans were celebrating, somewhat overtly, because the Germans had just left the area heading towards what remained of their seat of power in Hania. He was taken to Heraklion where he was apparently in charge of preparing propaganda against the Germans and providing information relative to the war and other matters.

His daughters had been told that he had been at the signing of the German surrender which took place on 9th May, 1945. Brigadier Dick Kirwan took the place of Major General Sir Colin Callander who was the new G.O.C. of the 4th Division. Apparently, these were the only two or three British soldiers present at the ceremony as the Germans had insisted that no Cretans should be allowed to be there as they would not surrender to the Cretans!

On 8th May 1945, Dennis Ciclitira of SOE in Kastelli Kissamou had received a signal telling him to contact the German Commander to make arrangements for a formal surrender. Ciclitira and Costas Mitsotakis contacted a German outpost and were collected and taken by car to the Venizelous House in Halepa where arrangements were formulated for the “official” ceremony to take place.

On the 9th May, General Benthag was taken by plane from Maleme to Heraklion. When he landed at Heraklion airport he was hatless and in a coat without insignia. From there he was driven to “Villa Ariadne” which Sir Arthur Evans had built as his residence during his excavations of Knossos. Later, it had become the German H.Q. and it was from here that the kidnapping of General Kriepe had taken place in April 1944.  One of the photographs in the collection shows the actual signing, which took place in Evans’s Long Dining Room. It is believed that it is unique, as a photographic record of the signing has not been published anywhere before.

McCausland arrived in Hania in time for the unforgettably spontaneous celebrations on 10th May 1945 eclipsing even those which had taken place in Heraklion the previous October. He was head of AGIS, but he would not have taken charge of the building in which the Germans had been producing their newspapers until the German General had left the area. In the newly appointed AGIS building in Hania, McCausland began to display daily maps and information bulletins on the progress of the war against Japan. He took control of the supply of newsprint to all newspapers in Crete and requested that Costas Mitsotakis and Fonda Hadzigregoris take over the whole building and the equipment acquired from the Germans in order to restart a newspaper as soon as possible.

It was during this time that Marcus McCausland met Marika Vardakis, daughter of Kostas and Evangelia Vardakis. McCausland was aged 30 at the time of his marriage and his residence was given as “AGIS”! His wife was aged 23 and her residence was stated as being “76 Kentriki Street, Hania”. They had three daughters – Elysoun, Christina and  Mariana.    

As a footnote, Tony tells be that, in all his researches at the Imperial War Museum’s Photograph Archive, he was surprised that he could only find one photograph of Major J.M.G. McCausland ! It was taken in Crete and shows him chatting to a “local” priest in front of an imposing church. However, he is not recognisable as he has his back to the camera in true “secret service” style! He is described as “a British Liason Officer”! Tony has shown me the photograph and it has a real clandestine and somewhat romantic touch.

The information in this article is reproduced by the kind permission of Tony.

David Wardle


Date: 17 Apr 2009
From: Mary Marmery <mary.marmery@googlemail.com
Subject: Tony
To: "ann trewartha" <ann.trewartha@btinternet.com>

Dear Ann,
 
I have only just learned about Tony and am deeply saddened. 
The very moving tributes to him  on the web-site are so true- he  changed peoples lives positively. He certainly changed mine and I know my love of Chania is entirely down to him.  He was a lovely lovely man and we are all so lucky we have been fortunate to have been touched by such a  wonderful and true humanitarian.
 
Very few people have touched my soul in the way Tony did and for this I have been very lucky to have met him.
  

Mary Marmery