There are many benefits to membership of the Salonika Campaign Society – you can find them listed here – but an especially valuable, tangible one is our journal which is produced twice a year, in April and September. The New Mosquito started life in April 2000 as a photocopied newsletter of just nine pages; now it is a glossy, professionally printed journal of at least 28 pages – the Struma Special was an impressive 38 – and when appropriate (and funds permit) it includes colour pictures!
It provides news of the activities of the Society – including battlefield tours and projects, ceremonies of remembrance, meetings and conferences – but most of all it is packed with material on all aspects of the campaign that you will find nowhere else: previously unpublished diaries and letters, and the results of members’ research into units and individuals who served in Macedonia between 1915 and 1918. During these centenary years each September issue has a topical theme; to date we have had one on 10th (Irish) Division in Serbia (2015) and, most recently, an issue devoted to the BSF in the Struma Valley (the River Strymónas).
Back issues can be bought but sadly, at present, there is no full index of back issues. I don’t miss much from the old website, but I was sorry to see the listing of The New Mosquito issues disappear, if only because it took so long to put together. I concede, though, that it wasn’t a proper searchable index so I intend to rectify that now using the functionality offered by WordPress. It won’t happen overnight but, as time allows, I will add posts devoted to specific issues, with an image of the cover and full details of the contents. This probably won’t be chronological, instead I will look for issues relevant to where we are in the centenary; for example, with the anniversary of the First Battle of Doiran looming (April/May 1917), it would be good to highlight articles on that. So watch this space!
Of course, if anyone would like to while away the winter evenings constructing a proper index of The New Mosquito, we would be delighted to hear from you.