Lemnos Exhibition opens to commemorate Anzacs and Strathfield soldier

Strathfield Council today officially opened a special  Lemnos Exhibition to honour the memory of Corporal Francis Reynolds Cowdery, a Strathfield WWI soldier buried in Greece.

The exhibition, which is the culmination of months of work, is a tribute to the Anzacs and is now open in Strathfield Library.

Mayor Gulian Vaccari, Councillors Stephanie Kokkolis and Sang Ok, Strathfield MP Charles Casusclli, Consulate General of Greece Stavros Kyrimis and Corporal Cowdery’s great grandnephew, Stephen Cowdery attended the opening.

“This exhibition commemorates the spirit of the Anzac soldiers who lived and died on the island of Lemnos during World War I. It also aims to raise awareness of the importance of Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign,” said Cr Vaccari.

“It was the hospital island and I am actually heading to Gallipoli next month. The exhibition honours the Strathfield Anzac that is buried there – Corporal Francis Reynolds Cowdery. We are honoured to have a member of his family with us today.”

Mr Cowdery who is the family custodian, said it was wonderful to have found out more about his family tree.

“I’ve been taking care of the family tree for some time now and I never had much information on Francis. So now, it’s nice to be able to know about his history – and mine. It’s amazing to learn more about my family and now, I will be tracking Francis’ brother and sister to see if there are any more descendants.” 

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