Salonika Campaign Remembered
29 September 2015
On 27 September a service was held at the Commonwealth War Grave
Commission (CWGC) Doiran Memorial in northern Greece. It
marked the 97th anniversary of the end of the Salonika
The event was attended by members of the Greek Army, the
Bulgarian Ministry of Defence and British military attachés.
It is hoped that the event will begin to help raise awareness of
the campaign, ahead of the 100th anniversary of its end, in
The British Salonika Force was stationed in this area of the
Balkans from 1915 through to 1918. They were there facing
German, Austrio-Hungarian, Ottoman and Bulgarian forces.
Over the course of the campaign, more than 4,000 members
of British Empire forces were killed in action or died of wounds.
Over 3,700 died from disease. Indeed, over 480,000 cases of
disease or injury were reported from a force that never numbered
more than 185,000 men.
By autumn 1918, a combined attack by British, French, Greek
and Serbian armed forces had managed to win a decisive
victory. On 29 September, Bulgaria became the first of the Central
Powers to seek an armistice.
Doiran Memorial stands as the Commission's monument to the
missing from the campaign. It commemorates by name more than 2,160
Commonwealth service personnel who died in this theatre, and have
no known grave.