Dimitri James (Jim) ZAMPELIS


ZAMPELIS, Dimitri James

Service Number: VX989
Enlisted: 6 November 1939, East St Kilda, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Field Regiment
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 22 December 1912
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Waiter
Died: Killed in Action, Crete, 24 May 1941, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried in an unmarked grave in the Village of Mournies, Crete, south of Suda
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, The Athens Memorial
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World War 2 Service

6 Nov 1939: Enlisted Private, SN VX989, East St Kilda, Victoria
24 May 1941: Involvement Gunner, SN VX989, 2nd/2nd Field Regiment, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941

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Biography contributed by Lisa Zampelis

"...VX989 Gunner James Dimitri Zampelis, 2/2nd Field Regiment, Australian Field Artillery. Gunner Zampelis, aged 28, died while defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion on 24 May 1941. He was the son of Gerasimos D. Zampelis and Louise Zampelis, and the husband of Doris Annie Zampelis, of St. Kilda, Vic. He is commemorated on the Athens Memorial Face 10." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)