Browsing through back issues of The New Mosquito I came across an article about members of the Highland Mountain Brigade (TF), RGA, celebrating Hogmanay in 1918.
The SCS Committee wishes all visitors to our website the very best for the Christmas season and 2019. Although the centenary of the First World War is over – but don’t forget that troops were still in Salonika into 1919 – we hope you will continue to find much of interest here and on Facebook. Of course, the Salonika Campaign Society ‘marches on’ and, if you are not already a member, why not join to ensure that those who served in Salonika continue are not forgotten? Finally, for Christmas 2018 there can only be one image to use (my thanks to Martin Wills for providing this lovely crisp version of a familiar postcard):
SCS members have been busy – here’s a second book in recent months by a member! Nigel Birch is to be congratulated on not only doing a Master’s Degree in History at the University of Buckingham, but also for having his dissertation published. Continue reading “New Book : “No Sideshow” by Nigel Birch”
For the Fallen – Now That The War Is Over is a major exhibition at the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster on the end of the war and its immediate aftermath. The exhibition includes a Victoria Cross, never before on public display, and a manuscript copy of Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”. It runs until 24 March 2019. Continue reading “‘For the Fallen’ : an exhibition at the King’s Own Museum, Lancaster”
SCS Chairman Alan Wakefield has just returned from giving a lecture on British strategy and the 1918 Balkan victory as part of a round table history discussion panel at the Teloglion Foundation in Thessaloniki.
The New Mosquito of September 2016 contained a fascinating article entitled ‘4034 Trooper James Scott Anderson, 1/2 Scottish Horse’. Written by Ann Walker -James’s daughter – it contains an account of his service as a scout in Macedonia from 1916 to 1918. What makes it especially remarkable is that this detailed narrative was written from memory many years later. If, on finishing that article, you wanted to hear more from James, then I have good news for you …
One hundred years ago today, The Times published this impassioned letter from the Bishop of London about the forgotten Salonika Army. You can download a PDF copy of the letter here.
Tuesday 30 October sees the centenary of the Mudros Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire. To mark the centenary, Away from the Western Front is delighted to be holding a conference reflecting on the often-overlooked campaigns which took place all over the world between 1914 and 1918.
There are also events in Moudros, on Lemnos, to mark the centenary later in the week, from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November. You can read the programme here (PDF).
Probably your copy of The New Mosquito landing on the doormat! Issue number 38 – the final centenary issue and the final issue produced by outgoing editor, Tim Mole – is truly epic.
Over a year ago, Kelvin Dakin very kindly sent me a scan of a souvenir copy of a humorous monologue written on 1st October 1918 which explains, “Who Won the War, and Why!!”. This seems an appropriate time to publish this vital document so, move over Wakefield, Moody and Palmer, the real reason for the allied victory can now be revealed! Continue reading ““Who Won The War, And Why!””