Away from the Western Front, a registered charity, is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £99,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its dynamic First World War centenary project which will explore the heritage of the men and women from Britain and its former Empire who served in the often overlooked campaigns of Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa. Continue reading “Campaigns ‘Away from the Western Front’ explored with help from the National Lottery”
Yesterday (26th February) was the centenary of the what is reckoned to be the first ever commercial jazz recording: Livery Stable Blues by the Original Dixieland Jass Band (they had to change ‘Jass’ to ‘Jazz’ because naughty children kept scratching the ‘J’ out on their posters!). Continue reading “Salonika … and all that jazz!”
It was a pleasure to hear from Prof. PhD Fabio Cotifava from Mantova in Italy recently. With a group of like-minded friends Fabio has created a website dedicated to the Salonika campaign, to promote the campaign in Italy where, as in the UK, it is largely forgotten. Continue reading “Fronte Macedone 1916-1918 : an Italian perspective”
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, working in partnership with the British Council in Greece, has launched an exciting new project aiming to mark the centenary of the Salonika Campaign 1915–1918: Salonika Remembers. You can find out more about it here, on the CWGC website.
This is not an exhaustive study of how the troops of XVI Corps celebrated the Christmas of 1916 but, rather, a brief seasonal offering taken from two War Diaries that I have to hand. Happy Christmas! Continue reading “Christmas 1916 in the Struma Valley”
On behalf of the Salonika Campaign Society I wish our members, friends and visitors a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2017. We hope you will stay with us as the centenary commemorations continue. Notable events to be remembered in 2017 are the bloody First Battle of Doiran (April/May) and Salonika’s Great Fire (August). We will also do our best to remember some of the smaller events – and the people involved – which would otherwise be forgotten.
A pantomime in two acts, given by members of the 85th Field Ambulance to the 28th Division, Christmas 1916 in the Struma Valley. Continue reading “Christmas 1916 : Aladdin in Macedonia”
An interesting postcard this – purchased on eBay – in that it was taken in the UK but has a very clear Salonika connection. It is labelled: Wessex “Salonica” Draft. Dec 1916. Continue reading “Next Stop Salonika! Wessex Royal Engineers, December 1916”
One hundred years ago today, Corporal Sidney Robinson and three riflemen from 4th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps were killed in a desperate struggle whilst on patrol near Neohori (now Amfipoli) at the southern end of the Struma Valley. Continue reading “Remembering Corporal Sidney Robinson, KRRC, and comrades who died one hundred years ago”