- composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst
- artist Sir Stanley Spencer
- 'Biggles' creator W E Johns
- 15,000+ mules
- and Hortiach the tortoise
... have in common?
Great War centenary commemorations have largely concentrated on the war in France and Flanders as that is where the main effort of Britain and its empire was concentrated. However, there was fighting in at least nine other areas during the war and several more afterwards. Whilst some were small efforts, others involved armies of tens of thousands. April 2015 saw interest in the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, but a hundred years ago this October the first British troops landed at the Greek port of Salonika (now Thessaloniki) from Gallipoli and France.
Salonika Campaign Society
The Salonika Campaign Society was formed to promote interest in the Salonika campaign, fought in northern Greece, Serbia and Albania during 1915-1918. It aims to perpetuate the memory of those of all nations who served, whether they were members of the armed forces, medical services or civilian staff. The Society does not seek to glorify war and is neither politically nor commercially motivated. Application for membership is welcomed from anyone of like mind.
The benefits of Society membership include:
- The New Mosquito - a 26-page journal published in April and September;
- an annual gathering in London in October - comprising a wreath-laying ceremony, social event, talk and AGM;
- remembrance activities - including a plot in the 'Field of Remembrance' outside Westminster Abbey (November);
- battlefield tours - the Society can provide information on sites of interest and useful contacts, as well as notice of forthcoming organised tours.