Mule Lines – Muffin’s 30th Birthday

Photograph of Muffin, Adoption Star of the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, and adopted mule of the Salonika Campaign Society.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.

In a few days time, Muffin is celebrating a very special birthday as he turns 30. Rescued from slaughter with his mum, who died shortly after, he has been on Redwings’ adoption programme ever since, making him their longest serving ‘Adoption Star’. He is having a birthday party on Sunday 16th April from 11.30am and visitors are welcome. To find out more about his party, visiting Redwings and to see a very cute photo of baby Muffin, visit this web page:

Muffin’s story has a happy ending, but it is unlikely there was any such for most of the mules and horses of the BSF. George Armour, equine artist and officer in the Army Remount Service describes in his autobiography, Bridle & Brush (1937, republished 1986 by Ashford Press Publishing) the selling of 25,000 and comments:

It was a very distasteful thing to have to sell these animals into the slavery which would inevitably be their fate, but there was no alternative. Orders were issued and carried out that all over sixteen years of age should be destroyed, a well-intentioned thought though hardly logical, as the younger the animal the longer would be his time of suffering. The heavy draught horses were unsaleable, as what one of them required in the way of food would have consumed all there was to keep the other animals on a farm alive.

Redwings adoption mule Muffin receives his honorary membership certificate from Robin Braysher, SCS Web Editor, on his birthday in April 2016.
Redwings adoption star Muffin receives his honorary membership certificate from Robin Braysher, SCS Web Editor, on his birthday in April 2016 in recognition of the vital role played by mules in the Macedonian campaign of 1915-1918.

Meet the author of ‘The Birdcage’

Monday 31 October 2016 at 5.30pm

Journalist and writer Clive Aslet, whose novel The Birdcage was published in June, will be speaking at the Canterbury Festival on Monday, 31 October 2016 at 5.30pm. Continue reading “Meet the author of ‘The Birdcage’”

SCS Annual Meeting in London, 2016

Saturday 8th October saw the annual gathering of members in London. This commenced with the customary wreath laying at the Cenotaph to remember the men and women of the BSF who served and, in particular, those who died during the campaign or from the results of injury or disease. Continue reading “SCS Annual Meeting in London, 2016”