Diary of a WWI Despatch Rider Book Launches in North Devon
6th May 2015
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One day dodging shell holes and ammunition limbers to take his despatches to the front, the next observing the quaint but often courageous lives of the local populace. Throughout the diary are colourful and amusing anecdotes about his fellow soldiers, and critical
comments on the strategies and tactics employed by the officers.

Albert was awarded the Military Medal. After the war he returned to Crossley Brothers and set up their Argentine operation branch. 



Book Launch

 The Diary of Sergeant Albert Simpkin, MM

Edited by David Venner. Published by Pen & Sword Books

Wednesday 20th May, 7.00pm

In the Pyncombe Room, High Bickington Community Centree

David Venner will give an illustrated talk on his great uncle’s WW1 experiences and will read extracts from the Diary. And you can read a review of the diary here


Please phone 01769 560417 if you intend coming 

to help us with arrangements for refreshments

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a 20% discount 

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