'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
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
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:
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
Corporal HENRY (HARRY) TURNER
Private STANLEY WONNACOTT (1893-1917)
32770, 5th Battalion, Oxfords/Bucks Light Infantry
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: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk (quoting ISBN:
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.
'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