Salonika Campaign in the News

It’s very rare that I listen to the late evening BBC radio news, so it was entirely fortunate that I was sitting in my car on Friday waiting for a delayed coach from Birmingham. This gave me the opportunity to hear an item by BBC correspondent, Allan Little, about the Second Battle of Doiran on the Radio Four ten o’clock bulletin.

What’s more, there’s now an attractive illustrated piece expanding the radio article on the front page of the BBC News website¬†(even ‘Under the Devil’s Eye’ gets a mention):

Now this is going to sound churlish of me – heaven knows, mentions of the Salonika campaign are rare enough – but the timing and tone seemed a little off – talking of how neglected the campaign and cemeteries are, the evening before the most significant weekend of commemorations for decades! Aside from the very important ‘SCS Victory Tour’, even royalty were there, with HRH The Duke of Kent visiting¬†Sarigol Military Cemetery, Karasouli Military Cemetery and the Doiran Memorial. But that’s just my opinion. I am still delighted to see the BSF and the incredible Flora Sandes have their brief ‘moment in the sun’ on the BBC. If you do such things as Twitter or Facebook you may like to show your appreciation and also give the SCS a mention. Like the Salonika Reunion Association before us, we haven’t forgotten the Salonika Campaign.

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 1915-1917, 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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