'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:


High Bickington Roll of Honour 1914-1918

As part of my home parish's commemoration of the end of the First World War, I am researching the lives and deaths of the ten men of High Bickington (North Devon) who were killed in action.  I am trying to contact living descendants of these men and would be pleased to hear from anyone who might be related to one of the following:


Private FREDERICK DADDS (1896 - 1918)

24038, 13th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment             


Private FREDERICK PERCY DUNN (1899 - 1918)

68791, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment


Driver WILLIAM HENRY (HARRY) GUARD (1894 - 1918)                               223719, Royal Field Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery


Private JOHN COURTNEY HANCOCK (1894 - 1916)  

15142, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment  


Wireless Operator CECIL FRANK NEWBERY (1900 - 1917)  

Mercantile Marine, SS Mavisbrook (Glasgow)        


Private JAMES PARKER (1897 - 1917)  

30340, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment


Private GEORGE WILLIAM PARKHOUSE  (1899 - 1918)

44532, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Berks Regiment


Private WILLIAM PICKARD (1899 - 1917)  

28991, 3rd Battalion and 9th (Service) Bn, Devonshire Regiment




Private STANLEY WONNACOTT (1893-1917)

32770, 5th Battalion, Oxfords/Bucks Light Infantry

Paperback edition published on 22nd August

Pen and Sword published the paperback edition of 'Despatch Rider' on 22nd August this year. The hardback edition has sold out although copies may still be available through Amazon.  The paperback version can be obtained via the Pen and Sword website: (quoting ISBN: 9781526748454) and is currently available at the price of £10.39 instead of the RRP of £12.99.

Hardback edition of Despatch Rider sold out

Arras 100

On 7th April 2017 I travelled to Arras for the commemoration of the WW1 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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