The Salonika Campaign Society was formed in 2000 to promote interest in the Salonika Campaign, fought in northern Greece, Serbia and Albania from 1915 to 1918. The aim of the Society is to perpetuate the memory of those of all nations who served, whether they were members of the armed forces, medical services or civilian staff. The Society does not seek to glorify war and is neither politically nor commercially motivated. Application for membership is welcomed from anyone of like mind.
What does the Society offer to members?
- The New Mosquito: produced twice a year (April and September), the Society’s journal contains Society news, articles and photographs on a wide-range of subjects related to the campaign, and the results of members’ original research, especially on family members who served in the campaign. During the Centenary there is a themed issue each year.
- The New Balkan News: an email newsletter produced several times a year, containing Society news and announcements;
- Annual meeting: held in London on a Saturday in early October, which includes a short wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, before a talk by an expert on an aspect of the Salonika Campaign, along with a social gathering.
- Commemorations and remembrance: in addition to the London wreath laying, the Society prepares a plot each November in the Garden of Remembrance on the lawns outside Westminster Abbey; members are also able to attend the international commemorations of the allied nations in northern Greece, during which wreaths are laid at various cemeteries and memorials.
- Battlefield tours: following the success of our Centenary battlefield tours in 2015 and 2016, the Society aims to deliver further themed tours:
2017 (late April): 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Doiran – a detailed look at the battlefield, including sites not before visited.
2018 (September): Victory Tour – Covering the BSF advance from Doiran to Strumica.
- Knowledgeable members: last but by no means least, members are part of a friendly community of nearly 300 Salonika enthusiasts from 18 countries, who have a wide range of interests and expertise in this unfairly neglected corner of the First World War.