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


Over 1000 hardback copies sold (and more than 1300 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 can be bought direct from the publishers: Pen and Sword Books; from Amazon, or through any good bookshop.


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Sales of Despatch Rider top the 1000 mark!

Arras 100

On 7th April I travelled to Arras for the commemoration of the battle there 100 years ago. Courtesy of Leger Holidays and their excellent battlefield guide, Gary Ashley, I was able to see many of the cemeteries, memorials and battlefields around Arras, including those at Monchy le Preux where my great uncle, Sgt Albert Simpkin served with the 37th Division and won his Military Medal.  


On 9th April we went to the Vimy Memorial, along with about 30,000 others, including a great many Canadians.  Highlights of the afternoon's programme included a fly past by five replica WW1 aircraft, Mounties, marching bands and not forgetting speeches by Prince Charles, President Hollande and Prime Minister Trudeau. 


A memorable occasion was marred by chaotic transport arrangements after the event was over, and a serious shortage of food - not like the French to run out of food!

New content has been added to the 'Sgt Raymond Alvey RAF' page

'Despatch Rider' is featured in Medal News - see Articles page

'Despatch Rider' is reviewed by Dr Wayne Osborne on War History Online - see Review page.

Despatch Rider hits the bottom shelves of Foyles (but later was found on the top shelf in The National Archives bookshop!)

Despatch Rider is featured in Classic Motorcycle magazine

'Martin Gegg and David Venner explore some diaries of the First World War to reveal the personal stories of those who took motorcycles to warzones for the first time' - see Articles page

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