'Despatch Rider' is now available in paperback! 


Lots of 5* reviews  on  Amazon - see 'Reviews' page

New content added to 'Sgt Raymond Alvey RAF' page


Over 1300 hardback copies sold (and a similar quantity of Kindle/ebooks)


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

Buy the book!

Despatch Rider on the Western Front 1915-18, in both hardback and paperback versions, can be bought direct from the editor - please email as below. The publishers, Pen and Sword Books, can also supply E-Pub and Kindle versions of the book.


If you have any queries please email me:

Talks, booksales and signings



I attended the following events last year, selling signed copies of 'Despatch Rider', and had some very successful days:


  • 16th July, 10.00am, Book Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, North Devon


  • 30th July 10.30am Braunton Wheels, Braunton Recreation Ground, North Devon


  • 6th August 9.30 am Craft and Gift Fayre, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, New Milton, Hampshire


  • 26th August 2.00 pm Village Fete, High Bickington, N Devon


  • 9th September 12 noon - 5.00pm Ilfracombe Bike Show, Victoria Gardens, Ilfracombe, North Devon


  • 4th November Open Day and Auto Jumble, National Motorcycle Museum, National Conference Centre (alongside the M42 near Solihull). 31 copies sold!

2018 Events


Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, Manchester Bike Show at Event City - a great success!  


Saturday 26th May, Bideford Bike Show, North Devon - another good day.


Saturday 7th July, Atherington Village Fete, North Devon - a small, traditional fete but plenty of interest shown.


Sunday 8th July, Historic Vehicle Gathering, Powderham Castle near Exeter, Devon - a sweltering hot day, but 12 more copies sold


Sunday 9th September, Ilfracombe Bike Show, North Devon


Sunday 23rd September, Appledore Book Fair, North Devon


Saturday 27th October, National Motorcycle Museum Open Day and Auto Jumble, National Conference Centre, alongside the M42 near Solihull.



If you are involved in organising book fairs, bike shows or any WW1 related event and have a trade stand area, please get in touch.


I will also be pleased to hear from any society or group interested in having an illustrated talk on Albert Simpkin's WW1 Diary and the role of the motorcycle despatch rider in the war. I am happy to travel to any location within 2 hours' drive from my home in North Devon. Please email me via the contacts page.

Interview with Suzie Grogan on 'Talking Books'


For those who missed this interview back in May 2015 and would like to hear it, please click on the link below: 

Despatch Rider is on sale at Moretonhampstead Motor Museum,The Old Bus Depot, Court St, Moretonhampstead, Devon TQ13 8LG. Please phone first to check opening hours: 01647 440636  

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A memorial event was held on July 1, 2016 where the 19,240 Shrouds of The Somme were displayed for a week at Northernhay Gardens in Exeter.

Each of the 19,240 soldiers who died during the first day of battle was represented by a 12 inch figure, wrapped and bound in a hand-stitched shroud and arranged in rows on the ground. The purpose of this work was to physicalise the number – to illustrate the enormity of the horror which unfolded and the loss of life. It is easy to say the number but almost impossible now, almost 100 years on, to imagine the physical reality of the bodies and the impact that these deaths had on the friends and  families of these individual soldiers or collectively, upon society as a whole.

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