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One hundred years on : two Salonika graves

On a visit to the Allied Cemetery in Thessaloniki in April 2016, I was struck by two graves from 1916, both non-battle casualties. I offer them here for Armistice Day. Continue reading “One hundred years on : two Salonika graves”

New book: ‘Daring All Things – The Autobiography of George Kendall (1881-1961)’

To be published on 15 November 2016 by Helion & Company, Daring All Things is a unique and extraordinary autobiography, published for the first time 55 years after its completion shortly before Rev. George Kendall died suddenly in 1961, aged 79. Continue reading “New book: ‘Daring All Things – The Autobiography of George Kendall (1881-1961)’”

Centenary of the first Salonika Victoria Cross

Northern Greece, 22/23 October 1916

In a … raid on the night of 22/23 October 1916, 300 men of the 11th Welsh raided an enemy strongpoint known as The Dorsale, near Machukovo. the Battalion had never been in action before and gave a very good account of itself, destroying a machine-gun emplacement and bringing back eighteen prisoners. During the raid, Pte Hubert [‘Stokey’] William Lewis was wounded three times but refused to retire from the enemy trenches. he went on to capture three Germans and during the withdrawal brought in the wounded 2/Lt Turner from No Man’s Land. For his bravery and devotion to duty, Lewis was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the Salonika Campaign.

From ‘Under the Devil’s Eye’ by Wakefield & Moody (Sutton Publishing, 2004 p132). Continue reading “Centenary of the first Salonika Victoria Cross”

The New Mosquito : the Society’s Journal

There are many benefits to membership of the Salonika Campaign Societyyou can find them listed here – but an especially valuable, tangible one is our journal which is produced twice a year, in April and September. The New Mosquito started life in April 2000 as a photocopied newsletter of just nine pages; now it is a glossy, professionally printed journal of at least 28 pages – the Struma Special was an impressive 38 – and when appropriate (and funds permit) it includes colour pictures! Continue reading “The New Mosquito : the Society’s Journal”

Meet the author of ‘The Birdcage’

Monday 31 October 2016 at 5.30pm

Journalist and writer Clive Aslet, whose novel The Birdcage was published in June, will be speaking at the Canterbury Festival on Monday, 31 October 2016 at 5.30pm. Continue reading “Meet the author of ‘The Birdcage’”

SCS Battlefield Tour April 2017 : DOJRAN 100

Sunday 23 to Saturday 29 April 2017

Photograph: SCS tour group at the 'Devil's Eye' on Grand Couronné, a key feature of the Doiran battlefield. Photograph taken by SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield, in September 2013.
SCS tour group at the ‘Devil’s Eye’ on Grand Couronné, a key feature of the Doiran battlefied. Photograph taken by SCS Chairman, Alan Wakefield, in September 2013.

Continuing its programme of themed First World War Centenary battlefield tours, the Salonika Campaign Society offers a chance to walk and study the ground fought over during the First Battle of Doiran (or Dojran) in 1917. Continue reading “SCS Battlefield Tour April 2017 : DOJRAN 100”

A novel approach to the Salonika Campaign

The Birdcage

Book cover image: The Birdcage - a novel of Salonika, by Clive AsletWhilst novels set on the Western Front are not uncommon, those with a background of the Salonika campaign are even rarer than home leave was for members of the BSF, so it has been a pleasure to see the publication – during this centenary year – of The Birdcage by Clive Aslet.

Published by Sandstone Press on 16 June 2016, you can find out more about the author and the book at the publisher’s website. Continue reading “A novel approach to the Salonika Campaign”

SCS Annual Meeting in London, 2016

Saturday 8th October saw the annual gathering of members in London. This commenced with the customary wreath laying at the Cenotaph to remember the men and women of the BSF who served and, in particular, those who died during the campaign or from the results of injury or disease. Continue reading “SCS Annual Meeting in London, 2016”