Birthday wishes to Muffin!

Photograph of Muffin, Adoption Star of the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, and adopted mule of the Salonika Campaign Society.This week Redwings Adoption Star Muffin celebrated his 32nd birthday. I’m ashamed to say that I am late with this news as the actual celebration was on Sunday 14th April. I hope he will accept these belated best wishes from the SCS. We hope he had a good party and enjoyed his cake.

Although Muffin has now retired from the Redwings adoption scheme, he continues to be ‘our’ mule – with the special membership number ‘Salonika 4’ – in recognition of the role played by mules (and other animals) in the Macedonian campaign and the ‘Salonika 4’ pack transport establishment introduced in the BSF in 1916.

Muffin has been enjoying the spring sunshine and the opportunity to be outside without his winter coat on. This has given him the chance to roll in the dustiest patches possible to get to all those hard-to-reach itches. He has also had a visit from the farrier to have his hooves trimmed. This needs to be done every six to eight weeks because his hooves never stop growing, and it would be very uncomfortable otherwise. Muffin stood nice and still and was rewarded with a tasty ginger biscuit once it was all done. Maybe there were no ginger biscuits on offer for these chaps …

Army Veterinary Corps staff tying an obstinate mule to a post before attempting to shoe the animal at a British Army veterinary hospital near Salonika, April 1916. THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915 - 1918 Army Veterinary Corps staff tying an obstinate mule [that’s probably unfair!] to a post before attempting to shoe the animal at a British Army veterinary hospital near Salonika, April 1916. THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915 – 1918 [click on image to see full size] © IWM (Q 31912)

Army Veterinary Corps staff preparing to shoe a mule at a British Army veterinary hospital near Salonika, April 1916. THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915 - 1918 Army Veterinary Corps staff preparing to shoe a mule at a British Army veterinary hospital near Salonika, April 1916. THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915 – 1918 [click on image to see full size] © IWM (Q 31914)

Army Veterinary Corps staff preparing to shoe a mule at a British Army veterinary hospital near Salonika, April 1916. ANIMALS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR Army Veterinary Corps staff preparing to shoe a mule at a British Army veterinary hospital near Salonika, April 1916. ANIMALS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR [click on image to see full size] © IWM (Q 31915)

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. 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. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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