The New Mosquito #41 : April 2020

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The New Mosquito issue number NM41: April 2020

  • Edited by Ian Cochrane
  • 36 printed pages (including covers)
  • printed and distributed by edinburghprinting.com

Contents

The Editor’s Exaspirator

Society News and Chairman’s Report

SWB Doiran Croix de Guerre Centenary

By Chris Penney

The presentation to the Royal Welsh Regiment of the 1919 British Army order detailing the award of France’s highest military honour to 7/South Wales Borderers, which had remained a family heirloom for one hundred years.

Our Two Victoria Crosses

Taken from The Mosquito Issue 165 – May 1969

Pte Herbert William Lewis of 11/Welsh, awarded the VC in 1916, and Lieut.-Col. Daniel Burges, VC, DSO – commanding 7/SWB – awarded the VC in 1918.

138 Siege Battery – Surveying beyond Lake Doiran – January – May 1919

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.

Two Brothers in Salonika

By Robert Eales

Charles William Wright of 5/KSLI and, in Salonika, 2nd Garrison Bn King’s (Liverpool Regiment) – who survived the campaign – and his brother, George Benjamin Wright of 8/Ox&Buck LI, who didn’t.

Allen Taylor Pott’s First World War Diaries

By Roy Koerner

Another Gunner! Allen Pott served with “C” Section, 143rd (Ashton-under-Lyne) Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery from 1915 to 1919. This account follows him from training in Blackpool and Salisbury Plain, to Doiran and the Struma where he was laid low with the inevitable malaria, and his eventual return home.

32818 James Thornley A/99 R.F.A. – A Soldier’s Life – Part 2. Approaching Action

By John Taylor

From landing in France in September 1915 to the First Battle of Doiran in May 1917.

Mule Column

By Muffin

The latest news from Muffin, with an article from the part-work Twenty Years On, entitled ‘A Defence of the Mule’, written by an officer who served in a Divisional Ammunition Column in France.

Committee members

Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 41, April 2020

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.