He was born in the village of Sniceno, Kostur region in 1911 to a poor,
progressive and revolutionary family. He took part in the battle against
the Italian fascist aggressors to defend his homeland. In 1942 he was
organized into the CPG and took part in the ranks of the reserve units
of ELAS. Ilija served in DAG as well, in the 14th brigade in the automatic
weapon company and took part in many battles - in Odrija, Orlik, Gupata,
on Haros, Kotelsko and elsewhere and withstood bravely all of the trials,
hardships and inconveniences of the partisan war.
On 17 July 1948 in the operations on Gramos Ilija was surrounded in
Aj-Lija on Langa. There together with his comrades he fought the whole
day against the countless enemy forces and was killed along with other
Greek fighters. They were courageous and deserving of respect.
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters