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This chapter shows that the history of the Cypriot Mule Corps contributes to various rich historical and theoretical debates. Including the Cypriot case within this historiography will contribute to various debates, especially around enlistment/volunteerism, imperial loyalty and veterans issues. The ethnic origin of the muleteers is unspecified, but since the majority were Cypriots and Indians, Seligman's muleteers must include the Cypriots. There has been little research carried out on British Cyprus during the immediate years before, during and after the Great War. The chapter contributes to the understanding of allied-occupied Constantinople, where the Cypriot Mule Corps was based after Salonica. Despite the recent thorough account by Wakefield and Moody, the men who served in the Macedonian Campaign have never lived down the tag of 'the gardeners of Salonica'.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory


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