Salonika Campaign Society Battlefield Tour – September 2020

Sadly, the continuing uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, including the potential for sudden mandatory quarantine periods being imposed by the British Government at short notice on travellers returning to the UK, makes even the idea of running a Greece-only tour in September too complicated for the Society to contemplate. Therefore, it is with regret that I have to announce there will be no SCS battlefield tour this year. Instead, we plan to deliver the tour, with the itinerary already advertised, in September 2021.

Provisional dates for the tour are 19 – 27 September 2021

Proposed itinerary

Sunday 19 September

  • Group arrive in Thessaloniki
  • Visit to CWGC Lembet Road Cemetery
  • Visit to Birdcage Line
  • Visit to CWGC Sarigol Cemetery

Monday 20 September

  • Visit to Kajmakcalan Battlefield

Tuesday 21 September

  • Visit to Krastali (Korona) sector of XII Corps front
  • Visit to Doiran Memorial and CWGC Cemetery

Wednesday 22 September

  • Walking tour of the Doiran Battlefield

Thursday 23 September

  • Visit to the Kosturino Battlefield and 10th Division Memorial

Friday 24 September

  • Visit to the Struma Valley
  • Paleokastro Bulgarian trenches
  • Prosenik village – site of 4th Rifle Brigade ambush in 1918
  • Capture of the Karajakois and Yenikoi
  • CWGC Struma Cemetery

Saturday 25 September

  • Attend ceremony of commemoration at Lembet Road Cemetery

Sunday 26 September

  • Attend ceremonies of commemoration at Polykastro and the Doiran Memorial

Monday 27 September

  • Return to UK

If you are interested in joining the proposed 2021 Tour please contact aj.wakefield@talktalk.net to keep up to date with plans.

Alan Wakefield, Chairman, Salonika Campaign Society

SCS tour photo - a participant surveys one of the battlefields.

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.