Annual meeting and a new patron for the SCS

Members will be pleased to learn that the Honourable Ann Straker – granddaughter of Field Marshal George Milne, 1st Baron Milne – has agreed to become Patron of the Society. This re-establishes the link between the SCS and the family of the BSF’s Commander-in-Chief.

The Honourable Ann Straker at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on 5 October 2019. (Photo by Keith Roberts)
The Honourable Ann Straker at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on 5 October 2019. (Photo by Keith Roberts)

Ann has a great interest in her grandfather’s military career and joined the Society’s battlefield tour in September, where she laid several wreaths on the Society’s behalf at commemorative events. She also laid a wreath at the short act of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, which takes place every October.

Following this, Ann joined about thirty members and friends at the Civil Service Club for the annual meeting where she was formally welcomed to the Society. In addition to meeting Ann, members also had the unique opportunity to see Field Marshal Milne’s service cap and passport!

The service cap which belonged to Filed Marshal Milne, 1st Baron Milne. (Photo by Keith Roberts)
(Photo by Keith Roberts)

The meeting focused on Britain’s allies with a short Serbian film on the campaign – fortunately with sub-titles – and a talk on the capture of Skopje in September 1918 by French North African cavalry led by General Jouinot-Gambetta. These were followed by the usual business meeting which saw all committee members standing for re-election. The SCS committee for the coming year remains as follows:

  • Chairman – Alan Wakefield
  • Treasurer – Ray Brownson
  • Secretary – Darren Rolfe
  • Membership Secretary – Keith Edmonds
  • Journal Editor – Ian Cochrane
  • Web Editor – Robin Braysher

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General Sir George Milne with General Mishitch, Salonika, January, 1917. General Sir George Milne with General Mishitch, Salonika, January, 1917. (click on the image to see full size) © IWM (Q 32734)

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.