Sapper History

Military topics


The Rector and the Headmaster (of West Kingsdown).

Rev. Canon Warland (Rector 1894-1938) & Mr Paul Palfreyman (Headmaster 1891-1923)

35 page comb bound A4 book. December 2020. Available from the author in pdf format.


West Kingsdown Remembers - The First World War

A record of Service to their King and country of those from the village who are

remembered on the War Memorial. 

92 page spirally bound A4 book with an A3 pull out map. September 2019.  ISBN: 978-1-5272-5307-0  Available from the author in pdf format.


Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff and his brothers.

A record of service to their King and country in WW1.

39 page comb bound A4 book. June 2019. Available from the author in pdf format.


Royal Engineers Journal:

Martel and the Soissons Bridge; Vol.135 No.2 August 2021

A Forgotten Medal for Gallantry; Vol.135 No.1 April 2021 [The Albert Medal]

Major General Sir Percy ‘Hobo’ Hobart KCB CB DSO MC; Vol 134 No 2 August 2020

Professional Input into Post War Development of Overseas Bases; Vol 134 No 1 April 2020

Lt Col Sir Richard Fletcher and the Siege of San Sebastian; Vol.127 No.2 August 2013

5th Field Company action at Polygon Wood on 11 November 1914; Vol.122 No.2 August 2008


The Royal Engineer VC Recipients of WW1:  [Yet to be published]

An account of each of man serving in the Royal Engineers at the time of the award of their Victoria Cross during the First World War. Research includes details of their families and awards made to other soldiers at the time of the VC action.


Western Front Association Bulletin:

Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff [whose grave was discovered quite by chance]; April 2020 No 116

[Also reported in the Royal British Legion magazine November 2019 page 9.]


Waterloo Journal:

Lt Col Sir Richard Fletcher; Vol.33 No.1 Spring 2011

Lt Col Sturgeon and the Royal Staff Corps; Vol.32 No.2 Summer 2010

Military Engineering Establishment in the Peninsular War; Vol.31 No.3 Winter 2009


FoREM Newsletters:

The Christchurch Crib; March 2022

Battle Honours & the Corps of Royal Engineers; September 2021

The Lullingstone Castle Bailey Bridge; 2021

Malta and the Royal Engineers; 2020

Corporal David Elias Tidy RE; 2020

Lt Wolfred Reeve Cloutman RE; 2019

The Field Level; 2017

Researching a Sapper - Sapper Beacham’s service in WW1; 2016

Royal Engineers Mobilisation for World War 1; 2015

Lt Col Sturgeon & the Royal Staff Corps; 2013

Albert Medal; 2012

5h Field Company, Polygon Wood [11 November 1914]; 2011

Peninsular War Anniversaries; 2008


Cuneo Society Journal:

Phoenix Arising; Vol.5 No.4 Winter 2021/2022

Painting the Colours; Vol.5 No.3 Autumn 2021

Salisbury Cathedral; Vol.5 No.2 Summer 2021

Brinnington Bridge; Vol.5 No.1 Spring 2021

Rescue from the Skies; Winter 2020/2021

Master of the Horse - Henry Hugh Arthur FitzRoy Somerset, 10th Duke of Beaufort; Autumn 2020

VE75—The Story of Cuneo’s Surrender Painting; Spring 2020 & Summer 2020

First Air Post; Winter 2020

Bridging the Rapido at Monte Cassino; Autumn 2016

[A series of 5 articles each telling the story of an event in World War 1 portrayed by Terence Cuneo]

1: Saving the Guns at Le Cateau; Spring 2015

2: Sgt Alfred Knight VC, Artists Rifles, the action at Wurst Farm Ridge; Spring 2017

3: Last stand of the 5th Gibraltar) Battery; Autumn 2017

4: Lt John Cridland Barrett VC, 1/5th Leicester Regiment; Spring 2018

5. Rev Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC; Autumn 2018


Monographs of soldiers named on the West Kingsdown War Memorial:

ALL now incorporated into West Kingsdown Remembers with additional information.

The individual monographs can be downloaded using the links on the WK Remembers page.


Other published papers:

Rev Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC. Notes on the actions giving rise to the award of his medals.

Invicta Park, Maidstone – some notes on its history.  For 36 Engineer Regiment RE, June 2010.


Other unpublished papers used as the basis for illustrated talks:

Military Bridging in the Peninsular War; April 2103; Wellington Congress, University of Southampton.

Bailey: the bridge and the man. A talk about the eponymous bridge, from its development at the start of world war 2, earlier military bridges, its successors and its current military and civilian use. 

Hobart’s Funnies: before, then and now. Describing the specialised tanks came to the fore on D Day and have remained in use since then and are on active duty in Afghanistan.

RSME 200. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of what is now the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham in 1812.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. An outline of its origins in the early stages of the Great War, its subsequent development, visiting its cemeteries and its value to researchers and family history enthusiasts.


RE Museum FoREM web site [now defunct, text available from the author]:

The Engineers and the Peninsular War (1808-14); 2009

5 Field Company RE at Polygon Wood 1914; 2008

Military Bridging; 2007

Assault bridging and equipment; 2006


NHS Topics

Major reports:

Institute of Healthcare Management: A brief commentary on its history and some leading figures in health services management of the past 100 years; Institute of Healthcare Management with Atalink Ltd; 2002 [pages 27 to 44]

Total quality managementSE Thames Regional Health Authority; 1990

Silver recoverySE Thames Regional Health Authority; 1988

Hot air hand dryersSE Thames Regional Health Authority; 1984

Pest control in health service premisesLambeth, Southwark & Lewisham AHA(T);  1977

Articles published in professional journals and yearbooks.

European Union Supplies Directive Health Service Manager 1997 (March)

Software Selection  NAHCSM Yearbook 1994

Quality assurance to total quality management  NAHCSM Yearbook 1992

Hot air hand dryers  NHS Estates 1986; 57

The black box miracle (word processing)  Hospital & Health Services Purchasing 1981 (March)

The Netherlands experience  Hospital & Health Services Review 1980 (Sept.)

Safety first for stores personnel  Hospital & Health Services Purchasing 1980 (Oct.)

The enemy within (pest control)  Hospital & Health Services Purchasing 1980 (June)