We wish the members of the ‘First Battle of Doiran Centenary Tour’ bon voyage as they make their way to Thessaloniki today. This is an exciting tour as the group – led by SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield – will have the opportunity to walk the battlefield exactly one hundred years after the opening days of the first Battle of Doiran.
From Alan Palmer’s The Gardeners of Salonika, first published in 1965 by Andre Deutsch Limited, London (pp. 119-120):
The Salonika Campaign Society sends it’s very best wishes to Redwings Adoption Star Muffin – who is also SCS Honorary Member Salonika 4 – on his 30th birthday. We wish you a very happy birthday and hope you enjoy your special party at Redwings Caldecott in Norfolk. Continue reading “Mule Lines – Happy Birthday Muffin!”
In 2015 the Salonika Campaign Society adopted Muffin, a mule resident at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary at Caldecott in Norfolk. This was felt to be a fitting way to commemorate the mules on which the BSF depended one hundred years ago. At the Society’s annual meeting in that year, Muffin was made an honorary member of the Society with the special membership number Salonika 4, as a reminder of the BSF’s pack transport establishment of the same name. Continue reading “Mule Lines – Muffin’s 30th Birthday”
I have jumped forward a couple of years for this next issue, which contains the first of a two part article on 8th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Tony Richards, who served as SCS Treasurer for a number of years. This first part includes an account of the Battalion’s role in the First Battle of Doiran.
Last October I promised to start providing details of back issues of the Society’s journal, The New Mosquito. Six months on, with nothing yet achieved, I’d better get cracking – especially as another issue will be out later this month! Continue reading “The New Mosquito #1 : April 2000”
Lt John Jones Savin was mentioned in an earlier post on the formation of 16 Corps Cyclist Battalion (09/12/2016). It was a name I was familiar with, having read the war diary of 28th Divisional Cyclist Company many times. Continue reading “Remembering Lt John Jones Savin”
Regimental museums and collections can be a useful resource for those researching units of, and individuals who served with, the British Salonika Force. The Army Museums Ogilby Trust website enables you to search for army museums by regiment, region, museum or collection.
On UNESCO World Poetry Day it’s good to be able to highlight a book which takes the Salonika campaign as its theme: Bill, by Richard Devereux. Richard is a Bristol based poet who has been widely published in anthologies and magazines. Continue reading “For World Poetry Day : Bill”
Luigi Villari (1876–1959) was an Italian historian, traveller and diplomat. He worked in the Italian Foreign Office and was later a newspaper correspondent. Villari served as Italy’s Vice-Consul in three American cities between 1906 and 1910. He devoted most of his life to the study of international problems, more especially to the relations between Italy and the English-speaking countries (Wikipedia). Continue reading “Faces of Salonika : Luigi Villari, Italian Army Liaison Officer”