Happy One Hundredth Birthday!

One of the more bizarre items in my Salonika-related post card collection is a dead mosquito, apparently captured in February 1919 and mounted on a post card.

My family still mocks me for buying it, but I think £5 was a small price to pay for a tangible reminder of something that had such an impact on the British Salonika Force and the campaign. There is also the thought – fanciful I know – that this Salaplonk Skeit might just be a descendent of the one that took my grandfather out of the war in 1917!

You can find out more about malaria in the First World War in a fascinating article on the Western Front Association website and in the volume of the Official History relating to medical services in the Macedonian campaign.Mounted on a post card: Mosquito from Salonica captured February 1919.

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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