The fighting season in Salonika was largely restricted to April/May in Spring and October/November in Autumn. Cold in Winter and mosquitos and disease in Summer were restrictive. Much time was spent building roads, railways and bridges, shoring up dug-outs, obtaining supplies and healing the sick.
|One of Bert's postcards|
These were things at which Bert was skilled. He could always improvise, mend and fix. Most of his half-a-sovereign went home to Nell, getting by with her two children, support from family and her own capacity to improvise.
It is unlikely that Bert, the batman, frequented local hairdressing salons, even when he found himself near a town.
The local authorities used the newspaper to try to improve the efficiency of local services, as evidenced in the tramways notice.
Of course, the newspaper itself created some local employment.
Salonika seems to have been, on the whole, frustrating rather than horrific as a war zone.In March 1916 alone, 98 men were detained with malaria. While not without its battles, extremes of temperature and disease were the Salonika soldiers' most powerful enemies.