Evangelos Natsis Georgiou
Ευάγγελος Νάτσης Γεωργίου
|Died||12 May 1904 (aged 28)|
|Cause of death||Killed in action|
Vangel Nachev Georgiev
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Greece|
|Battles/wars||Greco-Turkish War (1897)
Macedonian Struggle †
Evangelos Natsis Georgiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Νάτσης Γεωργίου; Bulgarian: Вангел Начев Георгиев, romanized: Vangel Nachev Georgiev) also known as Strempeniotis or Kapetan Vangelis, was a Slavophone Greek soldier and revolutionary leader who participated in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 and the Greek Struggle for Macedonia.
Evangelos Georgiou was born in 1876 in Srempeno (Σρέμπενο) or Srebreno (Сребрено), Salonika Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (now Asprogeia, Florina regional unit). It is said that his held distant roots from Epirus. He moved to Constantinople in his youth where he worked as a milkman and a mason.
In 1897, he volunteered for military service in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 where he would take part in the Battle of Velestino. He joined the Bulgarian IMRO, However, he would defect to the Greek side following his dissatisfaction with their treatment of the Greek population and an attempt on his life by a Komitadji. He would participate in the Ilinden Uprising of 1903 independent from the IMRO. In 1904, as a Makedonomachos, he would form one of the first organized armed groups with external Greek support in the Macedonian Struggle. He co-operated with Germanos Karavangelis, who brought him in contact with volunteers who had just arrived from Crete. He organized his own troop and inflicted many losses on the IMRO, most importantly the extermination of Voivoda Kirchev.
On 12 May 1904, returning from Monastir, he was killed in an ambush at Aetos, by the cheta of Aleksandar Turundzhev.
He was survived by his daughter.
A bust of him was erected in Kastoria in 1960.
There is a statue of him in his birthplace of Asprogeia.