Rupert Brooke & Skyros

In the bight of Tris Boukes, which is a safe refuge from the violent north winds and a few metres from the beach, a person could visit the grave of the English poet Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) who died and was buried there, at his wish, in the 23-4-1915 at the age of 28 when he was serving in the English Navy during the First World War.

There is a bronze statue of Rupert Brooke, on the north-east side of the village, near the archaeological museum and the small church of Aghia Triada (Saint Trinity), in a very beautiful and prestigious site - a square.

The main statue is a symbol of the eternal, undying poetry and there are the following inscriptions on the both sides - east and west - of it:

"This monument was put up in 1930 due to international money collections - and now that I saw the Holy Land of Attica, I may die - Rupert Brooke".

There is an embossed bust of the poet as well as the following dedication on the west side of the statue's base:

"To Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915, and his eternal, undying poetry".

The entire piece of art was made by the sculptor M. Tombros who is said to have had Alexandros Iolas, a young, handsome up-and-coming dancer, as a model.

The unveiling ceremony of the memorial took place in 5-4-1931 by the then Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos, in the presence of Greek and foreign personalities.

(It's an extract of the book entitled "The island of Skyros" written by Napoleon Xanthoulis).