The New Mosquito #35 : April 2017

UK members should already have received the latest edition of The New Mosquito, timed to coincide with the centenary of the First Battle of Doiran. Issues for overseas members are on their way and should be arriving soon. If you are expecting a copy, but haven’t, please contact the Society.

The New Mosquito issue number 35: April 2017

  • Edited by Tim Mole
  • 31 printed pages (including covers)
  • printed and distributed by

Cover images:

  • Top – HMS Canning’s kite balloon, according to the IWM ‘spotting during the Dardanelles bombardment 1915.’  The kite balloon certainly shows signs of hard service with repairs along many seams and a replacement sail. The colour of the balloon ‘has been described as everything between orange and very bright primrose yellow.’ © IWM (SP 528)
  • Bottom – HMS Ark Royal shortly after completion in 1914. The two steam cranes for handling float planes were modified dockside self-propelled cranes. © Ian Burns.


The Editor’s Exaspirator

Chairman’s Report

Port Operations – Challenges of Operating in a Neutral/Hostile 3rd Party Nation

By Lieutenant Alex Elliot, 29 Regiment RLC

This fascinating essay is the result of Exercise Balkan Wolf 16, which saw 85 members of the British Army’s 104 Logistics Brigade visit the Salonika battlefields. SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield, accompanied the tour as historian. The study tour looked at a number of different aspects of the campaign which confirmed the relevance of the Salonika campaign to the modern British Army.

HMS Canning and 7 Kite Balloon Section (RNAS) at Salonika

By Ian Burns

This article is edited from a much longer piece – Balloonatics at Sea – Manica, Hector and Canning at Gallipoli and Salonika, 1915-1916 – which was published in the ‘Cross and Cockade International Journal’ (Vol. 46,  Number 1) in spring 2015. The Salonika portion of the original article was quite brief, and additional research concerning the Salonika operations has been added to the article. Naval matters have been somewhat neglected in The New Mosquito over the years so this extensive article, which is generously illustrated with maps and photographs, is especially welcome. The article also covers the famous downing of Zeppelin LZ85 in 1916.

Diary of Harry J.E. Burtenshaw 45040, 27 Kite Balloon Section, Royal Flying Corps, Part V

By Graham Fullalove (Edited by Tim Mole)

Harry Burtenshaw’s diary has now reached 1918 and, having caught malaria in August 1917, this installment describes his return home to ‘Blighty’ via Italy. The article is illustrated with photos from a private collection showing a kite balloon in Macedonia and some of the members of 17 Kite Balloon Section (RFC).

The AA Williams Correspondence Part III

By Chris Grimshaw

Second Lieutenant A A Williams served with 31st Brigade Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. This article has his letters to his mother from late 1918, so after the end of hostilities and covering the Christmas celebrations. Like all such correspondence we only see one side of it, so may never know the answer to his question: I wonder if you have the baby tortoise which I sent last month – it ought to have arrived by now. (27/11/1918). The article is illustrated with images of some of the original letters and envelopes and a group photo of officers and men-  including Indian Army personnel – of 31st Brigade Ammunition Column.

Mule Column

By Muffin

The Society’s adopted mule, Muffin, is back in print with an article about mules and their characteristics. The article is illustrated with two official photos from early in the campaign, showing Indian Army mule carts and mule-drawn limbered general service wagons.

Committee Members

Names and addresses of SCS Committee members.

SCS Annual Meeting Announcement

  • 11.30: Wreath-laying at the Cenotaph, Whitehall
  • 12 noon: Society AGM, general social and a talk by Dr Aimee Fox-Godden (Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London)
  • Venue: Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ
  • Booking is essential – a booking form is enclosed with this issue.

Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 35, April 2017

Author: Andy Hutt

Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served in Salonika as a sapper with the Royal Engineers from 1916-1918. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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