The Powers withdraw

In July 1909, the last of the International troops in Crete withdrew amid scenes of much rejoicing on the part of all parties concerned… other than the Ottoman Empire and probably the remaining Cretan Muslims. The British troops, 2/Devonshires, appear to have left Candia (Iraklion) on 24th July, stopped for a day in Suda Bay, and then finally departed the island on 26th July, en route for Malta on board S. S. Rameses, in a move timed to occur simultaneously with those of the other three Powers; France, Italy and Russia.

2/Devonshires lowering the British flag for the last time in Candia

2/Devonshires’ lowering the British flag for the last time in Candia

Departure of British troops from Candia. Illustrated London News, 14th August 1909.

Departure of British troops from Candia. Illustrated London News, 14th August 1909.

Meanwhile, in Canea.

International Troops departing from Canea

International Troops departing from Canea

International, mostly Italian, troops departing from Canea. 26 July 1909.

International, mostly Italian, troops departing from Canea. 26 July 1909.

The departure of International troops from Canea, the last goodbye? 26 July 1909

The departure of International troops from Canea, the last goodbye? 26 July 1909

However, International forces were soon to return to the island, as the wording under the photograph from the Illustrated London News of 14 August 1909, above, hints at:

“Since the evacuation by the four Powers there have been decided signs of trouble in Crete, most of it caused by the fact that the Greek flag has been flown there, despite the Turkish suzerainty. Greece made a definite reply to the Turkish charges a few days ago.”

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