My thanks go to Ben Franks for sharing with us this fascinating blog about Charlie Bailey, who served with 22nd Division in Salonika:
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.
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!”
We recently received this intriguing email from Darrell Chalkley …
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 email@example.com 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”
If it’s not about Salonika why am I including it here? Well it’s a fascinating first-hand account with great drawings, presented in a very neat website and is connected to my adopted home of Norfolk! Continue reading “Not about Salonika!”
My thanks go to Richard Power who has sent me the link to his centenary blog – George’s War Letters – in which he is publishing, in real-time, the war-time letters of his Great Uncle, George Power. Continue reading “George’s War Letters, 1914-1919”
By Harry Fecitt MBE TD
We were fortunate also in getting during April the 1/12th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, which came to us as our Pioneer Battalion, under a most capable officer, Lieutenant Colonel Beckett. They were a hard-bitten, thirsty lot of Lancashire miners, but what they could do with a spade was a perfect revelation. The Division owed a great deal to this fine Battalion for the splendid work they did on the Vimy Ridge, and I attribute our comparatively low casualty returns to the rapidity with which these pioneers, assisted by the various battalions, managed to lower the depth of the trenches eighteen inches in record time.
Major General E.S. Bulfin CB, Commander 60th Division, France 1916.
1/12th (Territorial) Battalion (Pioneers) The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
This issue concludes the detailed unit history of 8th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Tony Richards – started in issue 6 – which continues with more on the Battalion’s role in the First Battle of Doiran to demobilisation in 1919.