For St Patrick’s Day I think there is only one appropriate subject: 10th (Irish) Division’s grim action at Kosturino in the winter of 1915.
Nearly two years ago I published a post about an intriguing set of medals for sale on eBay, that had belonged to Lieut. Shanley of 5/Connaught Rangers. In addition to ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’, there were also US and French Second World War medals. What was especially interesting for me, was that the British War Medal had a long list of unofficial bars, from the Battle of Kosturino onwards.
My thanks go to Australian author Bojan Pajic for sharing a link with us to a fascinating article on the Australian War Memorial website about Australians and New Zealanders who served on the Serbian Front.
An exhibition of work by 2018 Sky Landscape Artist of the Year, Jen Gash, inspired by her journey through the countryside of Macedonia accompanying the 2018 SCS Centenary tour and following in Stanley Spencer’s footsteps.
My thanks go to Tim Mole for bringing this interesting set of medals to my attention. For just $999.99 they can be yours!
Landscape Artist of the Year 2018: The Winning Commission
Cameras follows the winner of the 2018 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition to Greece and FYROM as they create an artwork to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. This final programme features members of the SCS as the winning artists and film crew accompanied the September 2018 SCS tour group for three days. Continue reading “Tuesday 11 December : Salonika Campaign on the telly!”
Factual television production company ‘Storyvault Films’ is currently producing a documentary on the Salonika campaign, in particular the Battle of Kosturino in 1915. They’d like to hear from friends and relatives of those who served, in particular anyone connected to the 10th (Irish) Division. Please feel free to contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the project. Thank you.
Having lived in Norfolk for just 28 years I am still an ‘incomer’ but, even so, I would like to celebrate the very first ‘Norfolk Day’ of my adopted county. The challenge, then, is to find a Norfolk connection although this is by no means obvious as you won’t find the Norfolk Regiment – a fine county regiment – in the BSF’s order of battle. Continue reading “Celebrating Norfolk Day : a Salonika connection”
One hundred years ago this week, three divisional cyclist companies in the Struma Valley were merged to form the 16th Corps Cyclist Battalion (Army Cyclist Corps). Continue reading “One hundred years ago: the formation of 16th Corps Cyclist Battalion”