Herman Cyril McNeile was a serving officer at the Front when he started writing short stories based on his war experiences. Military regulations did not allow officers to publish under their own name therefore he adopted the pseudonym ‘Sapper’, a term still used today to describe someone serving in the Royal Engineers. Many of Sapper’s stories were first published in the Daily Mail, and became hugely popular with the general public. The stories were considered by many to give a realistic and unsentimental account of life in the trenches. The stories are straightforward, plot driven adventures. After the war Sapper turned to writing thrillers and today is remembered for the creation of Bulldog Drummond a character who has come to represent a particular kind of Englishman: a war veteran, gentleman and adventurer.