Modestos Panteli

Modestos Panteli

He was born in the village of Liopetri, in the province of Famagusta, on December 16, 1923. He died on the night of March 31 to April 1, 1955 from an electric shock, while in the ordered service of EOKA. Modestos Pantelis attended the primary school of his village until the third grade and was a farmer. He took the oath for the liberation of Cyprus and organized in EMAK at the beginning of February 1955, together with all his brothers and sister. With the leader of the group, Grigoris Afxentiou, and other fellow villagers, they began to prepare for the start of the armed action.

At midnight on March 31 to April 1, 1955, he undertook to help Andreas Karyos  cause a short circuit just outside Avgorou, to obscure Famagusta at the time when the first EOKA bombs were dropped. For safety, while wearing the short circuit, they wore rubber shoe covers and rubber gloves.

They threw the rope several times and could not pass over the wires. But as they threw it and it fell down on the wet grass, the rope got wet. Finally, Andreas Karyos  took Modestos Pantelis on his shoulders, in an attempt to get as close as possible to the wires, in order to be able to throw the rope. He succeeded, threw the rope, caused the short circuit, but he also suffered an electric shock and died instantly. Karyos suffered severe burns to his back when he came in contact with the wet rope.

About Modestos Panteli

He was born in the village of Liopetri, in the province of Famagusta, on December 16, 1923. He died on the night of March 31 to April 1, 1955 from an electric shock, while in the ordered service of EOKA. Modestos Pantelis attended the primary school of his village until the third grade and was a farmer.

He took the oath for the liberation of Cyprus and organized in EMAK at the beginning of February 1955, together with all his brothers and sister. With the leader of the group, Grigoris Afxentiou, and other fellow villagers, they began to prepare for the start of the armed action.

Birth place of Modestos Panteli

At midnight on March 31 to April 1, 1955, he undertook to help Andreas Karyos  cause a short circuit just outside Avgorou, to obscure Famagusta at the time when the first EOKA bombs were dropped. For safety, while wearing the short circuit, they wore rubber shoe covers and rubber gloves.

They threw the rope several times and could not pass over the wires. But as they threw it and it fell down on the wet grass, the rope got wet. Finally, Andreas Karyos  took Modestos Pantelis on his shoulders, in an attempt to get as close as possible to the wires, in order to be able to throw the rope. He succeeded, threw the rope, caused the short circuit, but he also suffered an electric shock and died instantly. Karyos suffered severe burns to his back when he came in contact with the wet rope.

The Greek flag of Modestos Pantelis – EOKA First Martyr

Memorial of Modestos Pantelis Liopetri

Location of Statue