Charlie Parrott Obituary, Death – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. Charlie Parrott, the last surviving ANZAC Crete Veteran in Melbourne, at the remarkable age of 104. This news has left a profound void in the hearts of all who knew him and the wider community who were fortunate to witness his enduring spirit and unwavering commitment to preserving the memory of his comrades who served in the Battle of Crete.
Mr. Parrott’s legacy will live on as a testament to the courage and sacrifice of the ANZACs, and he will be forever remembered in our hearts. Mr. Charlie Parrott was more than just a veteran; he was a living legend. Born in Melbourne in 1919, he grew up in a world marred by the shadow of two world wars. When war broke out in 1939, Mr. Parrott, like many young Australians, answered the call to serve his country.
He joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and soon found himself on the distant shores of Greece, ready to face the horrors of war. Mr. Parrott’s most significant contribution came during the Battle of Crete in May 1941. This battle, part of the larger Mediterranean and North African Campaigns during World War II, was a fierce and protracted struggle. The ANZACs, alongside their Greek and British allies, valiantly defended the island against a formidable German airborne invasion.
Mr. Parrott’s presence in the Battle of Crete was emblematic of the ANZAC spirit – determination, sacrifice, and unwavering loyalty to his comrades. His stories from those harrowing days served as a living history lesson for future generations, ensuring that the sacrifices made during that battle were never forgotten. In closing, let us remember the words of Laurence Binyon: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” Mr. Charlie Parrott, we will always remember you. Thank you for your service and dedication to the ANZAC legacy.