Modern British Art by William Henry Margetson: Royal Flying Corps Woman Dispatch Rider, c.1917 | www.LLFA.uk

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William Henry Margetson:
Royal Flying Corps Woman Dispatch Rider, c.1917

Framed (ref: 2580)

Signed indistinctly

Lithographic print and watercolour on silk, 6 1/2  x 5 1/4 in. (16.5 × 13.4 cm.)

Tags: transport women WW-1 Paintings



This lithograph depicts a member of theWomen’s Auxiliary Air Corps (WAAC) attached to the Royal Flying Corps, as indicated by the RFC cap badge and shoulder titles.Women began to be enlisted in theWAAC in 1916, and by 1917 the Royal Flying Corp had all-female companies, who lived at home and worked in their nearest RFC Unit.

The use of motorcycles by the armed forces began to come into use during the FirstWorldWar . One of the more exciting job categories open to women during the war was working as dispatch riders, often making journeys at night, on poor roads and using only acetylene lighting.

An identical print is in the collection of the National Army Museum.


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