The SCS Plot at the Royal British Legion’s Field of Remembrance

On Thursday 8 November, SCS Chairman Alan Wakefield, Jonathan Saunders and Keith and Ruth Jackson attended the opening of the 2018 Field of Remembrance by HRH Prince Harry.

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HRH The Duke of Kent at the Doiran Memorial Today

HRH The Duke of Kent has today visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Sarigol Military Cemetery, Karasouli Military Cemetery and the Doiran Memorial to mark the centenary of the Second Battle of Doiran.

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Gustav Holst, The Planets and Salonika

Today is the exact centenary of the premiere of Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets. This is being marked by a concert at the Barbican in London, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which is being broadcast on BBC Radio Three. The original performance, prepared in a hurry for an invited audience at the Queen’s Hall, was something of a leaving present, as he was soon off to Salonika – where he stayed until June 1919 – to work as musical organiser and educator with the YMCA.

This is a good opportunity to remind you of the exhibition on Holst and his time in Salonika at the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham, which is on until 15 December 2018: http://holstmuseum.org.uk/

There is little enough acknowledgement of the Salonika campaign, so do support this exhibition if you can.

Remembrance events at Sandham Memorial Chapel (NT)

Here are some remembrance events coming up at Sandham Memorial Chapel (NT) over the coming weeks, one of the few places in the UK with special connections to to the Salonika Campaign, 1915-1918. Find out more at their website.

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Away from the Western Front Conference : 30th October 2018

On the centenary of the Mudros Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire, we are delighted to be holding a conference reflecting on the often-overlooked campaigns which took place all over the world between 1914 and 1918.

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