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 Post subject: WRNS Despatch Rider
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 19:09 pm 
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Does anyone have any detailed photos of a WRNS despatch rider's hat and jacket. I have a few photos but I don't know what the jacket looked like form the back (it looks very similar to a hacking jacket), neither do I know the detail to the hat which in some photos appears to have some kind of tally on it?

Also, were the bike's they rode painted khaki or in navy colours? It's hard to tell from black and white pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: WRNS Despatch Rider
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 17:17 pm 
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As far the photos I've seen they wear the standard ratings jacket.

http://www.motocaina.pl/uploads/doc_med ... anding.jpg

This 'fine weather' kit as captioned by the IWM, is a bit misleading, there's a whole mishmash of despatch clothing from the fitted navy breeches to the standard bell bottomed trousers.
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205137179
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/73 ... 405f4f.jpg
http://print.nmrn.org.uk/product/mousem ... tch-riders

I've got a really good book on the WRNS and will try and remember to dig it out.

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Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
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Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:56 pm 
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Thanks. I have these photos and I've managed to find a few more now. The jackets were definitely different from the ratings jacket as they were single breasted not double. But I have also seen photos with them wearing the standard ratings kit. I suspect they started with that and eventually ended up with their own kit like so many other female branches of the armed services. Probably also wore what was best suited to the weather.....
Same as the bikes. Some are definitely RN painted and numbered, others are still in civilian livery. Not sure if they ever all became Navy blue or what. The detailed info is quite scarce.


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 Post subject: Re: WRNS Despatch Rider
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 15:31 pm 
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This is the one I have, Maureen ended up as a courier.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Entertaining-Er ... 0091912520

I think that extra jacket was worn as an overcoat, as you say I think extra kit was issued I've got a photo of a WRNS rider in the early pattern cap too. Just in the process of moving!

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Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:22 am 
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The cap looks, to me, very much like the AFS women's cap and very much in the ski cap style?
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://cache1.asset-cache.net/gc/3093650-5th-march-1942-an-afs-girl-lights-a-cigarette-gettyimages.jpg%253Fv%253D1%2526c%253DIWSAsset%2526k%253D2%2526d%253DuQR%25252FtnVdUTliYUE%25252BKtAoDqxu0UKwPlvmbAH2nS0Fr3j%25252B3DTM343g5t3wVUWE3hNV&imgrefurl=http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/an-afs-girl-lights-a-cigarette-for-a-doughboy-or-us-soldier-news-photo/3093650&h=448&w=594&tbnid=ikDkpm2dOJA66M:&zoom=1&docid=MWa--ViISmaccM&ei=R_uQVemfHIOqU7-mgsgG&tbm=isch&ved=0CCsQMygLMAs

The bikes , as you've said, came in khaki, blue and civilian liveries! Take your pick. :)

Here's a link to a WRNS kit list. Look for Class D ratings (DR's basically).
http://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/328-330.pdf

They were issued 2 jackets. One normal WRNS and a single breasted version, both serge. The breeches were also serge!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:43 am 
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Thanks Mike

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Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 14:04 pm 
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Thanks Mike, Very helpful, especially the kit info.


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