Tom Bevan

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Tom Bevan (1868–1938), who also wrote under the pseudonym Walter Bamfylde, was a British writer of boys' adventure stories.


Born in Monmouthshire, Bevan was educated at Sir Thomas Rich's School and St. Paul's College, Cheltenham (a teacher training college awarding Bristol University qualifications). Working as a schoolmaster, he began writing historical adventure stories for boys. In the 1920s he was education editor for Sampson Low and Marston.[1]

Bevan wrote for several boys' magazines including Everybody's Story Magazine and Boy's Own Paper.[2]



  • (with E. Harcourt Burrage and John A. Higginson) White ivory and black : a tale of the Zambesi Basin : and other stories, London: S.W. Partridge & Co., 1899
  • The Thane of the Dean : a tale of the time of the Conqueror, London: S.W. Partridge & Co., 1899. With four illustrations by Lancelot Speed
  • Dick Dale, the colonial scout: a tale of the Transvaal War of 1899-1900, London: S.W. Partridge & Co., 1900. with eight illustration of Harold Piffard.
  • A lion of Wessex, or, How Saxon fought Dane, London : S. W. Partridge & Co., [1902]. With eight illustrations by Lancelot Speed.
  • Against the King, London; Glasgow: W. Collins, Sons & Co., [1903].
  • Red Dickon the outlaw : a story of mediaeval England, London: Nelson, 1904.
  • The war-god and the brown maiden / by Tom Bevan, London : Collins, [1904]. With eight illustrations by Warwick Goble.
  • A hero in wolf-skin : a story of pagan and Christian, London: Religious Tract Society, 1904. With illustrations by J. Finnemore.
  • Beggars of the sea. A story of the Dutch struggle with Spain, London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, [1904?].
  • A Trooper of the Finns. A tale of the Thirty Years' War, London : Religious Tract Society, 1905.
  • The Fen Robbers, London: T. Nelsno & Sons, 1906.
  • Held by Rebels, London, 1906. Illustrated by Percy Tarrant.
  • Beggars of the Sea: A Story of the Dutch struggle with Spain, London, 1906.
  • Sea-dogs all! A tale of forest and sea, London, 1907.
  • The Goldsmith of Chepe: A Tale of The Plague Year, London: The Religious Tract Society, 1908. With illustrations by J. Jellicoe. (Previously serialised in the Boys Own Paper, 1907.)
  • Runners of contraband: a story of Russian Tyranny, London, 1908. With illustrations by Wal Paget.
  • The "grey fox" of Holland: a tale of adventure during the insurrection against Philip II, London ; New York : T. Nelson and Sons, 1908.
  • The Chancellor's Spy. A vivid picture of life in the reign of Henry the Eighth, London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1909.
  • The insurgent trail: A story of the Balkans, London: Sir I. Pitman & Sons, 1910.
  • The Secret Men, London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 1910. With 6 illustrations by Ernest Prater.
  • Stories from British history (B.C. 54 - A.D. 1485), 1910


  • 'Young Asa - A Scouting Story', Oxford Annual For Scouts, [1920s?]


  1. ^ Benjamin Watson (1992). English Schoolboy Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of Hardcover Fiction. Scarecrow Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-8108-2572-7. 
  2. ^ Stanley Nichols, "Roving Thoughts on the 'B.O.P.'", Golden Hours 6:1 (December 1962), p. 81. For example, The Baymouth Scouts was serialised in the Boy's Own Paper in 1911–12. British Juvenile Story Papers and Pocket Libraries Index