In June 1932 the front cover of The Mosquito had a photo of the striking memorial on Pip Ridge – now gone – to the dead of the 66th Infantry Brigade. The Brigade suffered 857 casualties in their attack on Pip Ridge on 18 September 1918, during the Second Battle of Doiran.
In this remembrance season it is appropriate to also remember those animals that served – and suffered – without which the BSF could not have functioned. Mules and horses are the most obvious, but there was also the humble, but vital, carrier pigeon.
… of the Army Cyclist Corps who were killed in action on 5 July 1917 and were buried and are commemorated at the CWGC Struma Military Cemetery. Continue reading “Remembering Privates Clifford and Dibley …”
… of 418 Officers and 10282 Other Ranks of the British Salonika Force who died in Macedonia and Serbia 1915-1918 and to commemorate 1979 of all ranks who have no known grave but whose names are on the panels
THEY DID THEIR DUTY
… of the Scottish Women’s Hospital who died on 21 August 1916 and was buried and is commemorated at the CWGC Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery. Continue reading “Remembering Alice Annie Grey …”
… of the Indian Mule Corps who died on 21 January 1916 and was buried and is commemorated at the CWGC Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery. Continue reading “Remembering Ghylam Hyder …”
This year – unless there are any last minute changes because of COVID-19 – London’s Field of Remembrance will open today (Thursday 5 November) and remain accessible until Monday 16th.
A Halloween offering from ‘The Mosquito’, reprinted in the Salonika Reunion Association’s final, souvenir album: Salonika Memories, 1915-1919, edited and produced by G E Willis, OBE, JP – the SRA’s long-standing Editor – and published in May 1969 …
Black soldiers in the BSF seem to be rather thin on the ground – in fact I only know of one: Charles Bailey of 9/King’s Own. I first gave Charlie a mention last year, but am happy to mention him again in case you missed the fascinating website in which he features: Charlie Bailey’s War – The story of WW1 soldier Charles Bailey a Welsh miner of West Indian origin plus some of the men he served with.
With November fast approaching, I realise I’d better move fast if I want to mark Black History Month – although I would, of course, add something of interest at any time of the year!