Naval Patrol

The first British personnel arriving in Canea.

British sailors from H. M. S. Anson.

The first British troops to land in Crete were Royal Marines landed from H. M. S. Revenge at 3.15 p.m. on 15th February 1897; followed shortly afterwards that afternoon by parties from H.M.S Barflour and H. M. S. Rodney. The duties of the sailors and marines  centred on patrolling both Canea and the surrounding countryside in order to keep Cretan Christian  and Cretan Muslims apart. The illustration above shows ‘Bluejackets’ from H. M. S. Anson and appeared in the Illustrated London News on 1 May 1897.

 

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