The New Mosquito #6 : September 2002

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.

The New Mosquito issue number 6 : September 2002

  • Edited by Simon Moody
  • 12 photocopied pages (including front cover)

Contents

Editorial

Salonika Art Exhibition

By Archie Dunn, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham

“This is to inform fellow readers of ‘The New Mosquito’ of a project being developed by the undersigned and a French art historian, Delphine Nicola (Universities of Strasbourg and Rennes), to identify, exhibit, and publish in a catalogue, the works of British and French artists, many of them soldiers, who portrayed Macedonia and its people during the First World War…”

Artists mentioned, include:

  • “Goyet”, whose water-colours of Salonican street-life were marketed as postcards at the time;
  • William Wood and Hugh Fawcett
  • Captain John Alexander Wingate (1/Reserve Garrison Battalion, Highland Light Infantry), whose sketch of a view along part of the Bralo-Itea road is reproduced.

What is the Field of Remembrance?

By Philip Barnes

A description and history of the annual ‘Field of Remembrance’ which is located on the lawns outside Westminster Abbey and the adjacent St Margaret’s Church, between the two Thursdays which ‘bracket’ Remembrance Sunday. The article provided background to the discussion at the annual meeting in the following month on whether the SCS should follow in the footsteps of its successor organisations by continuing this act of remembrance. The decision was made to do so – and we still do!

The 8th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – Part 1 of a 2 Part Unit History

By Anthony Richards

Formed in 1914 from Kitchener volunteers at Oxford, the Battalion arrived in Salonika in November 1915, where it was the 26th Division’s pioneer battalion. The article describes the Battalion’s work in Salonika and in the surrounding ‘Birdcage Lines’, before moving up country in the summer of 1916. It concludes with a description of the Battalion’s role in the First Battle of Doiran in April 1917. There are extracts from first-hand accounts by Private Harry Tidmarsh (B Company), L/Cpl William Mather (C Company) and Lt T N Watts. The article has two photos, one showing men who were working on the construction of a POW camp, and the other of a Decauville train on the line built by the Battalion (IWM Q 97863).

Questions and Answers

Thoughts on Divisional Trains and Divisional Ammunition Columns from Viv John and Tom Brooks.

The Results of a Search for a Missing Salonika Reunion Association Banner

By John Oriel Tanner

John’s late father was Gunner William Tanner, 138 Siege Battery RGA, who – with his friends George Jarratt, Sid Parrott and Ron Jarman – was a key member of the Nottingham Branch of the Salonika Reunion Association for many years. The article describes John’s search for the Branch’s missing banner (designed by his father), which was ultimately successful, and some remarkable coincidences in finding items relating to Gunner Tanner and his comrades.

When the Spirit is Stronger than the Flesh

By John C. Welch

An account of the life and service in Salonika of Colonel Philip Dalbiac, a former regular army officer who, as a Territorial Army officer, commanded the 60th Divisional Train (ACS transport column). In spite of his valuable service, Dalbiac was sent home to England in 1917 as his command prepared to move to the Palestine front, which was considered no place for the sixty-two year old colonel. The article has a splendid portrait photo of Col. Philip Hugh Dalbiac, CB, ASC in full dress and another showing HMT Royal George, on which the 60th Division sailed to Salonika in December 1916.

SCS Annual Meeting and Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph, 5 October 2002

Following the wreath laying at the Cenotaph, members met at theĀ Florence Nightingale public house near Westminster Bridge. There they enjoyed an illustrated talk by Mike O’Connor, an aviation author, on the air war over Macedonia in 1915-1918.

Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 6, September 2002

 

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal, 'The New Mosquito', a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915-1917, mainly in the Struma valley.