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Active service of Cypriot Volunteers
The Cyprus Regiment consisted of pack transport companies, pioneer companies, general transport, engineers, mobile laundry units, tank landing craft, road construction companies and saw service in France, North Africa, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Greece, Crete and Italy. Cypriot pack transport companies took part in the operations in Ethiopia and offered exceptional services in the battles of Keren. During the retreat of the Allied Forces from Greece and Crete, the Cyprus Regiment lost some 2.500 men, most of whom were taken prisoners of war. About 1000 Cypriot women had enlisted voluntarily to the Auxiliary Territorial Service and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and served in the Middle East as drivers, mechanics or for office duties.

War losses
Out of the total Cypriot volunteers, some 600 men were killed in action and are buried in 56 cemeteries of 16 countries, but we only have proper records of 358 cases regarding the place and date of their burial. Among them are Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Armenians, Maronite and Latin, while some 250 are considered as missing persons.

War Memorials
In 1995 our Association erected a War Memorial in the courtyard of PA.SY.D.Y. building in Nicosia, with a grant from the Cyprus Government, on which 358 names of men who had fallen in several war fronts were inscribed. In 1997 a second war memorial was erected in Paphos with 32 names, who originally came from that district and a third memorial was erected in Larnaca during October 2004.

 

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