Wren dispatch riders receiving instruction for their next journey. Some of the Wren riders are well known competition riders.
The first Wrens were put into positions traditionally performed by non-enlisted women. Jobs like cooks, stewards and typists were commonly filled by Wrens. As the war continued it soon became necessary to increase those roles to include jobs which previously had only been held by men. During the war, the number of Wrens peaked at nearly 74,000, and the number of different jobs they performed increased to more than 200. One of the jobs in which the Wrens received world-wide recognition was that of the motorcycle dispatch rider.
The British Royal Navy wanted women who could not only ride motorcycles, but also maintain their own machines. The first women chosen for dispatch duty were well-known competition riders from local motorcycle race circuits. As war-time need increased, more women were trained, many of whom served with great distinction.
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