The New Mosquito #7 : April 2003

This issue concludes the detailed unit history of 8th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Tony Richards – started in issue 6 – which continues with more on the Battalion’s role in the First Battle of Doiran to demobilisation in 1919.

The New Mosquito issue number 7 : April 2003

  • Edited by Simon Moody
  • 12 photocopied pages (including front cover), plus a folding-out A3 map

Contents

Editorial

Chairman’s Report

Kassandra and airship operations in the Salonika Campaign

By Martin Kender

The limited endurance of RNAS aircraft and the large distances between airfields in the eastern Mediterranean led to an early demand for airships to counter the threat from German U-boats…

This fascinating article on the activities of RNAS airships operating out of Kassandra on the Halkidikki Peninsula is supported by a photograph of an SS class airship at Kassandra, an RNAS-manned anti-aircraft gun and RFC aerial photographs of Kassandra.

Member’s Questions

The French Connection

By Philip Barnes

An article on Le Memorial du Front d’Orient and their invitation in 2002 to the SCS to attend November 11th ceremonies in Paris. Philip and Janet Barnes represented the Society at the events on the 11th and a reception and a wreath-laying organised by the Yugoslav Embassy, with other local events, on the following days. The article is illustrated with photographs.

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

By Anthony Richards

A continuation and completion of the article on the Battalion which was formed in 1914, arriving in Salonika in November 1915, where it was the 26th Division’s pioneer battalion. The article describes its role in the First Battle of Doiran and its aftermath in April/May 1917, with eye-witness accounts by L/Cpl William Mather (C Company) and an extract from the unit’s war diary. Very usefully there is a fold-out, A3, 1:75,000 map of the Doiran Front, showing the area most associated with the Battalion in 1916-18. The story continues with anti-mosquito activities and road construction, sports and a spell in the front-line trenches and their part in the final advance in September 1918. With the rest of 26th Division, the Battalion occupied Bulgaria, before starting demobilisation in January 1919. There are more accounts by William Mather and a fine photograph of the Battalion’s machine gunners in 1916.

SCS Annual Meeting and Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph, 11 October 2003

Following the wreath laying at the Cenotaph, members met at theĀ Florence Nightingale public house near Westminster Bridge. There they enjoyed a talk by Viv John on the Royal Artillery in Macedonia.

Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 7, April 2003

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.

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