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    J.D. Davies

      Asking for a friend (yes, seriously!). Does anyone know of any sources for, or first hand accounts by, WRNS Admiralty motorcycle despatch riders of the Second World War? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      Lawrie Phillips

        Hannah Roberts two years ago published The WRNS in Wartime. The Women’s Royal Naval Service 1917-45 (I.B.Tauris ISBN 978 1 78831 001 7) which contains (pp.104-107) a few first-hand reminiscences of Wren dispatch riders in the Second World War.There are some cross references to Laughton Mathews Blue Tapestry. There is a couple of good photographs of ‘Admiralty Despatch Riders’ in WRNS in Camera. The Women’s Royal Naval Service in the Second World War by Lesley Thomas and Chris Howard Bailey (Suttons and Royal Naval Museum Publications, 2002, ISBN 0 7509 1370 3). Both pics are in the National Museum of the Royal Navy collections.

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