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Female Dispatch Riders. My partner's grandmother was a dispatch motorcycle rider. One occasion, she rode through the streets in the dark during a bombing raid. A heroine!

Female Dispatch Riders. My partner's grandmother was a dispatch motorcycle rider. One occasion, she rode through the streets in the dark during a bombing raid. A heroine!

Pioneers The Female Dispatch Riders of World War II motorcycles http://www.womenridersnow.com/pages/pioneers_the_female_dispatch_riders_of_world_war_II.aspx

Pioneers The Female Dispatch Riders of World War II motorcycles http://www.womenridersnow.com/pages/pioneers_the_female_dispatch_riders_of_world_war_II.aspx

Children in Wartime-Dutch boy helps a British motorcycle dispatch rider negotiate a muddy road in Holland, Dec1944.

Children in Wartime-Dutch boy helps a British motorcycle dispatch rider negotiate a muddy road in Holland, Dec1944.

A Canadian dispatch rider somewhere in Normandy strikes a match on a mannequin's hip. Alex Gray took this human-interest shot, hoping that this dispatch rider's home-town paper might run it.

A Canadian dispatch rider somewhere in Normandy strikes a match on a mannequin's hip. Alex Gray took this human-interest shot, hoping that this dispatch rider's home-town paper might run it.

In WWII, Royal Navy Wrens female dispatch riders were expected to ride and maintain their own machines, so the first women chosen were well known competition riders from local race circuits.

In WWII, Royal Navy Wrens female dispatch riders were expected to ride and maintain their own machines, so the first women chosen were well known competition riders from local race circuits.

Female dispatch riders, commonly called Wrens, delivers a message on her Royal Enfield, 1941

Female dispatch riders, commonly called Wrens, delivers a message on her Royal Enfield, 1941

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