What is a Dispatch Rider?

A motorcycle riding Dispatch Rider was used in World War 1 and 2. The Dispatch Rider would carry a secret message or document to take to another area where other soldiers were stationed.

The battlefield lines of communications were not always reliable, so the messages were given to the Dispatch Rider to ensure they were delivered. This was known by the enemy as well, so the Dispatch Riders were targets. It was an extremely dangerous job.

Back in England female Dispatch Riders were used by the navy. They were the Women’s Royal Navy Service or WRENS. They also carried vital messages on their motorcycles throughout the city and countryside. It was also a very dangerous job which they carried out with bravery and skill.

To learn more about them and their other duties please see the links for other websites.

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