See Events page for opportunities to buy a signed copy of Despatch Rider and to meet the editor and chat about the discovery of the diary on which the book is based.
Lots of 5* reviews on Amazon - see 'Reviews' page
New content added to 'Sgt Raymond Alvey RAF' page
Articles on 'Vintage British Bikes' and Pen and Sword's 'Warfare magazine' websites
Review by Ian Hay- Campbell, Friends of the National Archives
Review by Paul Norman in Books Monthly
Review 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 Albert Simpkin's "Despatch Rider on the Western Front, 1915-18", set up and managed by the diarist's great nephew, David Venner. There is also a page on David's uncle, Sgt Raymond Alvey, who was a Wirelss Operator/Air Gunner in WW2.
You can read extracts from Albert Simpkin's 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. Better still, buy a copy of the book!
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."
Next project ...
My next project is a biography of my uncle Sgt Raymond Alvey, RAF, (left) based on his WW2 diaries. The 75th anniversary of his death in Norway in November 1942 was recently commemorated at the crash site, involving the local community as well as relatives of the four crew members who lost their lives.