The New Mosquito #36 : September 2017

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The New Mosquito issue number 36: September 2017

  • Edited by Tim Mole
  • 44 printed pages (including front cover)
  • printed and distributed by


The Editor’s Exaspirator

Society News

Gas, Gas, Gas! Chemical Warfare comes to the Balkans, 17 March 1917

By Alan Wakefield

This focuses on 7/South Wales Borderers (67th Brigade, 22nd Division) which suffered the heaviest shelling and the most casualties during this bombardment on the Doiran Front. The article is illustrated with photographs of men from 7/SWB from a private collection.

Salonika Centenary Battlefield Tour, 23rd – 29th April 2017

By Darren Rolfe

An account of the Battle of Doiran Centenary Tour, with stories of the relatives of some of the participants in the tour who served on the Doiran Front in 1917:

  • Charles Phillip Carder, 10/Devonshire
  • Fred G Glanville MM, 10/Devonshire
  • Edwin Trounson MM, 10/Devonshire
  • William Artur Matthews, 10/Devonshire
  • George Whitton, 7/Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire LI
  • Oswald Darlington, 12/Cheshire

A Signaller in Salonika (the Diaries of Edwin Trounson)

By Robin Trounson

Edwin Trounson from Penzance volunteered for the army in September 1914, becoming a signaller in 10/Devonshire. After a brief spell in France, the Battalion landed in Salonika in November 1915. The article, based on a diary kept by Edward from January 1916 to March 1919, is illustrated with photographs and map extracts. It will be concluded in a future issue.

Great War Experiences of 2443 Private William Mabbutt of 2nd/24th Battalion London Regiment (Queen’s), including his service in Salonika

By his sons, Alan and Gordon Mabbutt

An account of the service of William Mabbutt with 6oth Division from enlistment, to France, the Balkans, Egypt/Palestine, Italy and back to France. No wonder 60th Division were known as Thomas Cook’s Tourists! ounded in late October 1918, William ended the war in hospital. The article is illustrated with photographs belonging to the family, other photos and maps.

Charles Fennell (1876-1916) and non-combat hospitalisations in 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

By James Wearn

The story of Charles Fennell, who died of blood poisoning in December 1916, takes us to the Struma Valley and an examination of the non-battle casualties of just of the battalions which served with XVI Corps in this malarial hot spot. Illustrated with photographs – including a moving one of Charles with his family before his departure from home – it also has a fascinating graph showing malaria cases in 3/Royal Fusiliers.

The A A Williams Correspondence Part IV

By Chris Grimshaw

A continuation of the wartime letters of Second Lieutenant A A Williams, 31st Brigade Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, which takes us to January 1919.

Mule Column

By Muffin

A cheat from Muffin this time as he simply introduces the following article, after thanking the Society for his 30th birthday card.

British Army Pack Transport in the Macedonian Campaign

By Vivian John

Ever wondered what the Salonika 4 Pack Transport establishment was all about? Just read this article and wonder no more! With three handy appendices: Indian Mule Corps in Macedonia, Examples of Units on the Salonika 4 Establishment before reductions and Mountain Artillery.

Committee Members

SCS Annual Meeting and Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph, 7 October 2017

Following the wreath laying at the Cenotaph, members will met at the AGM location. There they enjoyed a fascinating and stimulating talk by Dr Aimée Fox (King’s College London) entitled Thomas Cook Tourists: The experience of Inter-Theatre Service in the Sideshow Theatres.


Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 36, September 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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