The New Mosquito #40 : September 2019

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The New Mosquito issue number NM40: September 2019

  • Edited by Ian Cochrane
  • 32 printed pages (including covers)
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The Editor’s Exaspirator

SCS News

We Are Remembering them

By Soula Protopsalti

In October 2017 a project for the schools of Thessaloniki began. Named Salonika Remembers, it is a cooperative effort between the Britsh Embassy in Athens, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle and the War Museum of Thessaloniki. The aim of the project is the remembrance of all those who gave their lives in the Salonika campaign and who are now buried in northern Greece.

How did the British Salonika Force (BSF) cooperate and integrate logistics, in particular medical provision and transport, with partner nations?

Compiled by Capt. R Weston, 165 Port & Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps

Serving soldiers examine the challenges faced by the British Salonika Force, which remain very similar to those faced by the British Army today.

32818 James Thornley A/99 R.F.A. – A Soldier’s Life – Part 1. Getting There

By John Taylor

Early life in Preston and enlistment into the RFA as a Driver. The formation of 22nd Division and its landing at Le Havre on 5 September 1915.

Salonika “Bob-Squash”

Taken from The Mosquito – June 1940 (“OLD KING’S OWN”)

Anecdotes of army ablutions!

Chance Find, Sad Story

By Lew Darlington

The story of a British War Medal and the soldier it was awarded to: 103017 Private David Henry Collinge, RAMC (attached 7/Wiltshire), killed in action on 9 December 1916 and remembered in Doiran Military Cemetery.

60 Heavy Battery December 1918 – horses! – but no howitzers

By Hilary Jones

When the Armistice was declared in November 1918, Acting Captain Howard Palmer, Royal Garrison Artillery, age 22, was on Embarkation leave in Brighton … Within a week, he was on his way to Salonika and Constantinople.

Abridged excerpts from his memoir, A Kind of Soldiering © 1974-2019.

Committee members

Mule Column

By Muffin

Muffin – with some help from Robin Braysher – takes a look over the other side of the wire at German horse transport in Macedonia.

Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 40, September 2019

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.