Salonika Battlefield Tour : 23-28 April 2018

The Cultural Experience of Salisbury is running a six day centenary tour in April 2018 entitled, Salonika – War in the Birdcage, led by our very own Alan Wakefield. You will find more details online here:

 

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 1915-1917, mainly in the Struma valley.

2 thoughts on “Salonika Battlefield Tour : 23-28 April 2018”

  1. After years of believing that he died at the Somme I recently found out that my mothers uncle William Thomas Gould died in Salonika, KIA February 28, 1917. He is buried in Struma Cemetery. What I do not know is how he died. I have read reports of troops dying there because of disease and I would like to know if Willie Gould died in battle or because of disease. How can I find this information?

  2. Dear David,

    Thank you for your comment. Whilst disease was a real problem for the BSF – especially malaria – I think the fact that the Grave Registration Report attached to the entry on the CWGC website states ‘killed in action’, proves that he died as a result of enemy action. This could have been in an ambush on patrol, from sniper fire or shell fire. Looking at the CWGC records I see that two other soldiers in 1/Welsh were killed on the same day and are also buried in the Struma cemetery: 50081 Pte Frank Gore and L/Cpl T. Williams. This could have been in the same incident. The Battalion war diary may well describe the circumstances of their death. This is held by the National Archives at Kew (see http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4558070) although sadly those for Macedonia are not available to download. The regimental museum may have a copy if that is more convenient. I hope you find this useful. Robin

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