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Highlighting Forgotten Front of the First World War in Salonika

27 September 2016

The CWGC and the British Embassy in Greece are working together to raise awareness of those who lost their lives fighting on the Salonika Front during the First World War.

The British Salonika Force fought in the region between 1915 and 1918 as part of a multinational Allied presence facing Bulgarian, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman forces. Commonwealth regulars, territorials and wartime recruits all served here, supported by many medical and logistical troops, labourers and mule drivers.

Over the course of the campaign, some 5,700 Commonwealth servicemen were killed, or died from wounds received in action, and more than 3,700 died from disease.

The CWGC Doiran Memorial commemorates, by name, more than 2,160 Commonwealth service personnel who died in this theatre and have no known grave.

On Sunday 2nd October a ceremony will be held at the memorial to mark the 98th anniversary of the end of the campaign.

Further ceremonies will be held over the next two years to continue to build interest and awareness as we head towards the centenary.

CWGC Director of External relations, Colin Kerr, said: ‘The CWGC commemorates over 10,000 British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who did not come back from the Salonika campaign in World War One.

‘For us, it is not a “Forgotten Front”. The memorial at Doiran is the tangible symbol of that sacrifice and we are very pleased to be commemorating the 98th anniversary of the successful 1918 battles, standing alongside – now as then – our friends from the Greek Army’.

To learn more about Salonika: The Forgotten Front please visit our new CWGC blog