Sapper History

Military topics


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 print or pdf format.


Royal Engineers Journal:

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.


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:

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:

 VE75—The Story of Cuneo’s Surrender Painting; Spring 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.

Pte William Henry Payne, 1st Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regt; 18 April 1915, Age 26

Pte Richard Arthur Wilson, 8th Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regt; 25 Sept 1915, Age 20

Gnr Robert Seal, 115th Battery, 25th Brigade Royal Field Artillery; 25 Dec 1915, Age 20

Pte John Pearson, 7th Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regt; 3 July 1916, Age 25

2nd Lt George Alexander Palfreyman, 3 Bn The Buffs attached RFC; Age 23 WITH 2nd Lt Forrest Gale Parsons RFC; Aged 34 of Kaikoura New Zealand. Both of 7 Sqn RFC, lost together on 26 Oct 1916

Bdr John William Stigger DCM MM, B Battery, 106th Bde Royal Field Artillery; 24 Dec 1916, Age 22

2nd Lt Frederick Leslie Warland, 3rd Bn attached 12th Bn East Surrey Regt; 25 March 1918, Age 22

2nd Lt Henry Spencer Ewen MC, 1st/23rd Battalion London Regt; 5 April 1918 Age 29

Pte Frederick William Hopes, 42nd Battalion  Australian Army; 6 Sept 1918, Age 33

Cpl David Elias Tidy, G Corps Signal Company Royal Engineers; 25 Oct  1918,  Age 21

Sjt Francis Murtagh, Royal Army Veterinary Corps Attached 174th Brigade RFA; 21 Feb 1919, Age 34


Other published papers:

Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff; Western Front Association Bulletin April 2020 No. 116

Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff and his brothers. A record of service to their King and country in WW1.

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

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]:

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)