I was pleased to hear from Joel Garzoli an art dealer from San Francisco. We are truly global! Joel had a question about a picture in his collection, a First World War painting by American artist Gilbert Gaul, called ‘Directing Traffic’. Does the painting depict a scene from the Salonika campaign?
My thanks go to Geoff Botting who has kindly provided these details and photos of his remarkable grandmother, Daisy Dobbs, who was a nurse in Salonika, where she won the Military Medal for her courage. The man she later married, George Botting, was also a holder of the Military Medal; surely a unique occurrence!
My thanks go to David Redhead who kindly provided a splendid photo of Salonika’s iconic White Tower, following an appeal for information in our email newsletter, The New Balkan News. The photo belonged to his grandfather and I am delighted to be able to remember him here.
One of the more bizarre items in my Salonika-related post card collection is a dead mosquito, apparently captured in February 1919 and mounted on a post card.
I’ve said before that I don’t want to become an advertising arm of eBay – they get enough out of me as it is – but when interesting items related to the campaign appear, it seems a shame not to share them.
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.
Alice is one of seven female First World War casualties of Newport, South Wales, and one of the city’s heroines. My thanks go to Sylvia Mason who provided this article about Alice Guy and I am pleased to be able to bring her book – Every Woman Remembered: Daughters of Newport in the Great War – to your attention. Continue reading “Remembering Alice Guy”
Another eBay purchase! Unfortunately this photo has few details, other than a note that it was taken in Salonika in 1917. The greeting on the back reads: Fondest love to Mary, Salonica. May 1st 1918, so this seems an appropriate time to publish it. It may have been taken at a hospital as it shows (seated) a captain and corporal of the RAMC. The man standing in the centre has the cap badge of the Worcestershire Regiment, so that would be the 11th Battalion (78th Brigade, 26th Division on the Doiran Front).
My thanks go to Brian Goodison-Blanks of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Limited, Fine Art Valuers and Auctioneers in Exeter, for telling us of a splendid photograph album which will be in their Sporting and Collectors auction on 15 and 16 November. Continue reading “Faces of Salonika : photo album for sale”
The ‘Away from the Western Front’ project has been running since early 2017 and will continue until the start of 2019. It uses the stories of individual men and women to highlight the First World War campaigns in the Middle East, Italy, Africa and the Balkans. Continue reading “Away from the Western Front : latest news”