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: scswebeditor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and from 2008 has been the Society's web editor. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin hands over the role in October 2021 to Andy Hutt. Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served as a Royal Engineer from 1916-1918. All posts prior to February 2021 are by Robin. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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