The New Mosquito #39 : April 2019

Members should have received this latest edition of The New Mosquito by now. Please contact the Society if you are expecting a copy, but haven’t received it. New editor, Ian Cochrane, is to be congratulated on his first issue which has a fresh new look, whilst maintaining  the excellent quality of articles that members have come to expect.

The New Mosquito issue number NM39: April 2019

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

Chairman’s Report 2019

Remembering the Advance to Victory – the Final SCS Centenary Battlefield Tour

By Alan Wakefield

The Forgotten Work Horses of World War One – The Importance of the Light Railways during the Salonika Campaign of 1915-1918

By Major N M Kendrick, Royal Logistic Corps

A fascinating and detailed look at light railways in the campaign, with thoughts on logistics and coalition warfare (and lessons for today), all accompanied by an eclectic mix of illustrations.

A Signaller in Salonika (The Diaries of Edwin Trounson) Part IV

By Robin Trounson

This is the last of four articles drawing on the diaries of Lance-Corporal Edwin Trounson (1888-1955) who served as a signaller with 10/Devonshire. It covers the period from March 1918 to his return home in early 1919.

After the Armistice … Arriving in Salonika

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.

Gunner 300682 Gordon Wilson IZATT, 4th Highland Mountain Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery – Died 6th March 1919

By Patrick W Anderson

Research by author, Patrick Anderson, has ensured that Gordon Izzatt – who died of malaria and blackwater fever in 1919, following service in Salonika – will be added to the Royal Garrison Artillery Roll of Honour, on display at the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Collateral Damage – A Civilian Internee in the Ottoman Empire

The story of Miss GM Levack who died in December 1918 – probably from pneumonia – and is buried in Mikra Cemetery, Kalamaria. She was on her way home having been interned in Turkey during the war. A fascinating, but tragic tale.

Mule Column

Mule Column is back on safer ground in this issue with pictures of mules and a story to match!

Front cover of 'The New Mosquito' issue number 39, April 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.