The New Mosquito #37 : April 2018

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The New Mosquito issue number NM37: April 2018

  • Edited by Tim Mole
  • 36 printed pages (including covers)
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The Editor’s Exaspirator

Chairman’s Report

Owning the Night: The Scout-Snipers of the Scottish Horse in Salonika

By Iain Dunn

An article on the Scottish Horse Scouts from the South African War to their last few months of war on the Western Front, with a detailed examination of key Scout actions and characters in Macedonia, where they served in the Struma Valley with 27th Division. The article also compares and contrasts scout-sniper tactics in Salonika with those of leading Scout-Observation-Sniper proponents on the Western Front and looks at parallels with modern-day special forces/reconnaissance unit dogma. This is an excellent follow-up to Ann Walker’s article in NM34, 4034 Trooper James Scott Anderson, 1/2 Scottish Horse.

John Herbert Millard

By Ian and Liz Taylor

S/26737 Private John H Millard served with 4/Rifle Brigade (27th Division) in the Struma Valley from the end of 1916 to 1918, when he was captured by the Bulgarians, finally being repatriated to the UK in December 1918. The article is illustrated with a map and an interesting selection of photos, including several from the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in Winchester.

A Signaller in Salonika (the Diaries of Edwin Trounson) Part II 

By Robin Trounson

This is the second of four articles drawing on the diaries of Lance-Corporal Edwin Trounson, who served as a signaller with 10/Devonshire in the Macedonian campaign, and is illustrated with group photos showing Edwin’s platoon from A Company and the Battalion signallers, both taken in 1915 in the UK.

Animal Welfare in the Salonika Campaign 1915-1918

By Dr Anthony Clayton

A description of the organisation, activities and challenges of the Army Veterinary Corps in the Macedonian campaign.

Mule Column

By Muffin

An update on Muffin, the Society’s adopted mule who resides at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, followed by details of a fascinating new book, The Mule in Military Service by Dr Anthony Clayton.

Committee Members

SCS Annual Meeting and Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph, 13th October 2018

Following the wreath laying at the Cenotaph, members will meet at the Civil Service Club., which will include a talk by Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith KCVO, CMG.


Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 37, April 2018

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.