Sport played a key role in maintaining soldiers’ fitness and morale. ‘Sports Days’ were held to give service personnel a break from their duties.
In May 1916, Allied troops stationed near Salonika (Thessaloniki) in Greece organised a Sports Field Day and officers, soldiers and medical staff were invited to join in.
How do you put together a sports day with limited supplies? With a bit of creativity - the photos below show some of the events they came up with.
British troops competing in a blindfolded wheelbarrow race.
Indian troops giving a gymnastic display at a sports meeting near Salonika in May 1916.
Sack race during sports meeting organised by British troops at Salonika during 1916.
Indian troops racing at a Sports Meeting, Salonika..
Tug of war
A mule-back tug of war contenst between men of an Indian transport unit at a sports meeting near Salonika in May 1916.
...And some more curious events
Mule riding competition at the 77th Brigade (26th Division) horse show near Salonika in 1916. A Two francs prize was offered to anyone who could keep his seat for one minute.