Christmas Greetings from Corps Cavalry and Cyclists

Amongst my modest collection of Salonika-campaign-related  ephemera, my favourite item is this 1917 Christmas card produced by or for the Corps Cavalry and Cyclists of the BSF. Sadly not a family heirloom – my grandfather, a cyclist, was on his way home with malaria by Christmas 1917 – but a lucky purchase from eBay.

The card doesn’t specify which Corps, but I like to think it represents a forward patrol of XVI Corps cavalry and cyclists in the Struma valley, but it could just as easily be their XII Corps counterparts on the Doiran front. From a sales point of view it would not have done to be too specific!

The Corps mounted troops of the BSF were provided by:

  • XII Corps Cavalry Regiment: 1/1st Lothians and Border Horse (less one squadron)
  • XII Corps Cyclist Battalion (from 22nd and 26th Divisional Cyclists)
  • XVI Corps Cavalry Regiment: 1/1st Surrey Yeomanry (less one squadron)
  • XVI Corps Cyclist Battalion  (from 10th, 27th and 28th Divisional Cyclists)

Corps Cavalry and Cyclists Christmas card, 1917 (front)

Corps Cavalry and Cyclists Christmas card, 1917: From Chris, Salonika, December 1917, Xmas.Corps Cavalry and Cyclists Christmas card, 1917: drawing of cavalry and cyclists at an advanced post.

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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