Sales Biographies

I have published some of my work in printed format at the request of some users of the site. Currently, I am offering four concise biographies.

These booklets can be ordered by:

  1. Telephone on (01271) 853773;
  2. Email and Electronic Transfer of payment;
  3. Paypal (Captain & Major WALKER only);
  4. By Post (see below):

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You can download an order form (pdf form at bottom of page) which you can print and sent to me by email or send to me with a cheque made payable to British Military History and post to:

British Military History,
68, Lower Cross Road,
Bickington,
BARNSTAPLE,
Devon EX31 2PJ,
United Kingdom.

Captain F.J.G. WALKER and Major H.D. WALKER

Captain F.J.G. WALKER and Major H.D. WALKER

This is a sixteen page booklet published privately by the author, Rob PALMER.

Captain Francis John George WALKER and Major Hugh David WALKER were two brothers who both came from the small market town of Great Torrington in north Devon, who both fought in the Second World War only to lose their lives in Burma in 1943 and 1944 respectively. The two brothers came from Torrington where their father was the town's doctor. The author came upon their details on the town's war memorial and decided to research their lives. The youngest brother, Hugh, joined the British Army first just prior to the outbreak of the war. His elder brother Francis joined the British Indian Army in 1940 and served with the 1 Punjab Regiment. Francis was killed in February 1943 in the First Arakan Campaign. Hugh then transferred to the 1 Punjab Regiment, to serve with the same battalion as his late brother. He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry in the Arakan in early 1944. Hugh was killed in April 1944 during the Battle for Imphal Plain.

This is a private publication, and the cost is principally due to the price of printing the booklet. There may be a few proofing errors, for which the author accepts responsibility and apologises for. There are fourteen pages of text, with a few maps and photographs to support the reader. This booklet was written after the author visited Imphal and was moved to research the life of these extraordinary men. A bibliography and details of sources are included. Copies will be posted by Royal Mail 1st Class Packet upon receipt of payment by Paypal, or upon receipt and clearance of cheque.

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Major H. A. LAMBERT

Major H. A. LAMBERT


This is a sixteen page booklet published privately by the author, Rob PALMER. This booklet is one of several documents, including biographies, the author has written; but this one has grown into a booklet, which the author is now offering for sale.

This is the concise biography of Major Henry Alexander LAMBERT. He was an officer in the British Indian Army from 1935 until his death in 1944. Known as 'Sandy' LAMBERT, he was born in London and joined the 9 Jat Regiment in 1935. His life was typical of the British officers serving in Indian regiments prior to and during the Second World War. Although this was only sixty-eight years ago, the style of life and experiences these young men lived through have passed into history. Sandy LAMBERT served with the 3 Battalion 9 Jat Regiment, and this booklet details his life, and subsequent death in 1944 during the battle for the Imphal Plain. The booklet was written on behalf of his only daughter who never knew him, as he was killed when she was only five weeks old. Even so, this booklet gives an insight of the what it was like to be an officer in the British Indian Army before it was dissolved in 1947.

This is a private publication, and the cost is principally due to the price of printing the booklet. There may be a few proofing errors, for which the author accepts responsibility and apologises for. There are fourteen pages of text, with a few maps and photographs to support the reader. This booklet was written after the author visited Imphal and was moved to research the life of this extraordinary man with the support and encouragement of his daughter. A bibliography and details of sources are included. Copies will be posted by Royal Mail 1st Class Packet upon receipt of payment by Paypal, or upon receipt and clearance of cheque.

 

    

Captain J. N. RANDLE, V.C.

Captain J. N. RANDLE, V.C.


This is a sixteen page booklet published privately by the author, Rob PALMER. This booklet is one of several documents, including biographies, the author has written; but this one has grown into a booklet, which the author is now offering for sale.

Captain John Niel RANDLE, V.C., B.A.(Oxon), was an officer in the British Army between 1940 and 1944. He was awarded (posthumously) the Victoria Cross for his gallantry at Kohima, Nagaland in 1944, during which he was killed in action. Known as 'Jack' throughout his life, RANDLE enlisted in the East Surrey Regiment in September 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War. Jack was commissioned in the Royal Norfolk Regiment in May 1940. His career was not noteworthy until his battalion was sent to Kohima, as part of the 2 Infantry Division. The division was charged with relieving the garrison at Kohima that had been defending the locality for several days. RANDLE's battalion was tasked with clearing a series of Japanese positions, later to be known as 'Norfolk Bunker'. He was killed in action on the 6 May 1944, attacking Norfolk Bunker. Jack RANDLE's selfless gallantry was recognised by the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross, the U.K.'s highest award for gallantry.

This is a private publication, and the cost is principally due to the price of printing the booklet. There may be a few proofing errors, for which the author accepts responsibility and apologises for.  There are fourteen pages of text, with a few maps and photographs to support the reader. This booklet was written after the author visited Kohima and was moved to research the life of this extraordinary man. A bibliography and details of sources are included. Copies will be posted by Royal Mail 1st Class Packet upon receipt of payment by Paypal, or upon receipt and clearance of cheque.

 

 

Brigadier B. C. H. GERTY

Brigadier B. C. H. GERTY


This is a thirty-eight page booklet published privately by the author, Rob PALMER. This booklet is one of several documents, including biographies, the author has written; but this one has grown into a booklet, which the author is now offering for sale.

Brigadier Bernard Charles Hamilton GERTY, C.B.E., D.S.O. was an officer in the British Indian Army from 1918 until 1948. Born in London, GERTY was commissioned into the 6 Royal Jat Regiment in December 1918, ie, shortly after the end of hostilities of the First World War. His regiment merged to become the 1 Battalion, 9 Jat Regiment in 1922. During the Second World War, this battalion saw active service in Burma in 1941 and 1942 during the first Burma camapign. After a short period in command of the 6 Battalion of the Regiment, GERTY assumed command of the 3 Battalion of the same Regiment. He joined the battalion in the Middle East, and brought it back to Burma. The Battalion fought in the Japanese offensives of early 1944 in the Arakan, and then played a crucial role in the defence of the Imphal plain. One of its officers, Jemadar ABDUL HAFIZ was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry during these operations. In December 1944, GERTY was promoted to the rank of Brigadier and assumed command of the 53 Indian Infantry Brigade. This was part of the 25 Indian Division and fought in the Arakan. Bernard GERTY retired from the Army in 1948, and died at Lymington in Hampshire in 1978. This booket, therefore, provides an insight into the lives of middle ranking officers in the British Indian Army during the Second World War in the Far East, as well as serving as a biography of this officer in particular.

This is a private publication, and the cost is principally due to the price of printing the booklet. There are a few proofing errors, for which the author accepts responsibility and apologises for. There are thirty-eight pages of text, with a few maps and photographs to support the reader. This booklet was written in cooperation with a life-time family friend as a tribute to him. A bibliography and details of sources are included. Copies will be posted by Royal Mail 1st Class Packet upon receipt of payment by Paypal, or upon receipt and clearance of cheque.

To order one or more booklets, please download the form below, and send by post (to address above) or email, to info@BritishMilitaryHistory.co.uk.

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