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William Akester, Salonika


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Hello again,

I keep thinking of loads of questions to ask, one has had me thinking for a while now. I know my ggggreat uncle was killed in 1917 in Salonika, but how did he get there? Could it be Gallipoli (I can't spell)? Regards,

AKEY

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Akey,

Your ggg great uncle served with the 14th King's Liverpools. Here is their potted history from the Long Long Trail:

14th (Service) Battalion

Formed at Seaforth in October 1914 as part of K3 and attached to 65th Brigade, 22nd Division.

5 September 1915 : landed at Boulogne.

Moved to Salonika in November 1915.

Left Division and moved to France in June 1918.

23 July 1918 : attached to 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division.

13 August 1918 : absorbed by 18th Battalion.

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Ah, buried at Karasouli Cem. Karasouli is now called Polykastron. It's a lovely cemetery sloping up from the road.

Close to Polykastron is the 5 Nations ceremony commemoration site - a modern creation where, on the Sunday at teh end of September, there is a an official commemoration of the signing of the armistice. I was privileged to lay one of the british wreaths a couple of years ago.

You will find more information at the Salonika Campaign Society website (http://www.salonika.talktalk.net/) and the ceremonies are covered in the "ceremonies" section.

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Martin I got to hold the Brtish flag at the ceremony the year I was there, I guess so Hugh would not have to choose between the others who were all British.

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