On December 15, 1955, EOKA fighter Charalambos Mouskos falls fighting the English and becomes the first dead fighter of the EOKA national liberation struggle.
Charalambos Mouskos came from the village of Panagia in Paphos where he was born on May 19, 1932. His parents were George and Anastasia Mouskou and he had six brothers. He was a cousin of Archbishop Makarios III.
He graduated from the Panagia primary school and the Greek High School of Paphos. After special training in Greece, he was appointed director of the printing house of the Archdiocese, where the first leaflets and publications of the struggle were printed. At the same time he acted as a member of the Pancyprian National Youth Organisation (PEON) and the Youth Christian Orthodox Union (OXEN).
At the beginning of the EOKA armed action, Charalambos Mouskos was one of the first five team leaders of the sabotage groups of Nicosia and came in direct contact with the leader Digenis.
His team, led by him, took an active part on the night of April 1, 1955 in an attack on the General Secretariat. He was later betrayed, but escaped capture and rebelled in the mountains. He was the first to resort to the guerrillas in Kykkos, where others later arrived, to form the first guerrilla group called “Ouranos” led by Marcos Drakos.
On December 15, 1955, Charalambos Mouskos together with his comrades Marcos Dracos, Andreas Zakos, Charilaos Michael and four others set an ambush against the English at the location of Mersinaki near the ancient Solos. In the battle that followed, Charalambos Mouskos fell and an English soldier was killed. He is the first EOKA fighter to fall in battle. Andreas Zakos and Charilaos Michael were arrested next to him with serious injuries, while Markos Drakos escaped with a head injury.
Charalambos Mouskos sacrificed his life for the unification of Cyprus with Greece at the age of 23. Like the majority of the fighters of the national liberation struggle, he was a young man who preferred to leave behind the beauty of youth and give his life for the ideal of freedom. What follows is a poem of Charalambos Mouskos to his beloved Ariadne, which was found in the hero’s pocket in a bloody paper when sacrificed:
“I have two loves in my heart,
home and you,
two loves that have made me drunk,
with the wine of glory and lust.
But now that my homeland is looking for me
and its voice is calling me at war,
my love for her is too much
and I leave you, bidding farewell with a kiss.
Do not cry because I leave you
to go to war,
Do not be jealous because
I love the other more.
Kiss me without regret, chase away every heartbeat,
every desire of yours and like a real Greek woman
go to your homeland victorious.”
With information from: EOKA Liberation Struggle Foundation 1955-59, EOKA Historical Memories
On Sunday, April 10, 2022, the annual memorial service of Honorary Major General Iakovos Tsounis was held at the Church of the…
The Varkiza Agreement was signed on February 12, 1945, in Vari, Attica, between members of the government…
On February 5, 1991, the crash of a C-130 aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) wrote a “black page” in the history of…
The United States will defend Taiwan militarily if Beijing invades the autonomous island, US President, Joe Biden, warned from Tokyo…
Hellenic Coast Guard | Five boats with about 590 immigrants attempt to enter Greek territorial waters
The five sailing boats and the four skiffs with a total of about 590 refugees/immigrants aboard, which attempted to enter…
Croatian President, Zoran Milanovic, intends to send a letter instructing the country’s ambassador to NATO, Mario Nobilo, to vote…
Today, the National Guard General Staff (GEEF), in the context of social contribution activities, organized the 2nd blood donation in…
The Italian government, through Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, has submitted to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, a four-point…
Greek Foreign Ministry | Strict démarche in Turkey over violation of national sovereignty near Alexandroupolis
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the unprecedented violation of national sovereignty by two Turkish fighters…