Faces of Salonika : John Staple and friends (2)

My thanks go to Simon and Christine Briggs for sharing with us these photos from the collection of John Staple of the Army Service Corps Remount Service.

This is a splendid studio portrait of John, who is looking very smart.Portrait of Private John Staple of the Army Service Corps Remount Service.

Before serving in Salonika John was in Egypt, where a camel ride by the pyramids was a ‘must do’ experience. It may have made him glad that he only had to work with mules and horses – not camels too!John and friend on camels in Egypt. From the collection of John Staple of the Army Service Corps Remount Service.

This final photo shows John (right) with a friend from the Remount Service in Constantinople – at least that’s what the less than convincing backdrop says! They don’t look especially impressed.John and friend in Constantinople. From the collection of John Staple of the Army Service Corps Remount Service.

Next time we will look at some of the fascinating ‘trench art’ that John brought home.

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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