Article in 'Medal News'
'Despatch Rider' is reviewed by Ian Hay- Campbell, Friends of the National Archives
'Despatch Rider' is reviewed in Books Monthly,
'Depatch Rider' is reviewed in Nacelle (Triumph Owners' magazine)
'Despatch Rider' is spotted on the (bottom) shelves at Foyles - and the top shelf at The National Archives!
'Despatch Rider' is featured in Classic Motorcycle magazine
Forthcoming talks and events - see EVENTS
If you have any queries please email me:
Welcome to the website of Sgt Simpkin's "Despatch Rider on the Western Front, 1915-18", set up and managed by the diarist's great nephew, David Venner.
You can read extracts from the diary and find details of talks, book signings etc via these webpages. The full typescript of the diary has been deposited with the Imperial War Museum, London and can be consulted there by appointment.
Albert Simpkin on his army issue Triumph Model H, known as the Triumph Trusty because of its reliability. Albert noted in his diary: "I find it handles rather heavily compared with my light Douglas machine."
There is also a page that introduces my next project, a biography of my uncle Sgt Raymond Alvey, RAF, based on his WW2 diaries.