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Britain had compulsory military National Service for all men aged 18+ from the years 1939 until 1960, the last person serving their National Service came out in 1963. Pretty much all men that were in British motorcycle clubs or other motorcycle organizations/groups during those years, had done military service, only those with a disability or working/training in a specialised industry were exempt, conchy’s were usually put to other services, some were even locked up. If you spoke to any male biker from the time we had compulsory military service, 99% were ex forces.
THUMBNAIL – Despatch Riders and Mechanics of the 60th Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers and their 1914 Triumph 4hp 550cc motorcycles.
A Brief History Of Motorcycles In The Military – https://www.thrillist.com/cars/history-of-u-s-military-motorcycles
T.E. Lawrence AKA Lawrence of Arabia, a famed WW1 soldier. – https://youtu.be/rNumspRA8k4
The motorbikes of World War One – http://www.motorbiketimes.com/news/people/human-interest/the-motorbikes-of-world-war-one-$21384101.htm
The Wrens: Female Dispatch Riders in WWII – http://www.ridingvintage.com/2013/06/the-wrens-female-dispatch-riders-in-wwii.html
A very interesting and informative write up about Hollister, the 1% patch and the military link to modern day motorcycle clubs – http://www.roadratroberts1.bravepages.com/What_The_Hell_is_1%25.htm
Hollister incident/riot – http://www.onepercenterbikers.com/hollister-riot/
Hollister Wiki – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollister_riot
Dispatch Rider, Canadian Army Motorcyclists Information Video – https://youtu.be/EsNL78G6oNQ
War Stories – VIDEO DOCUMENTARY: The Despatch Rider & The Wren – https://youtu.be/-GR_2qMN5jE
British Made – Testing Army Motorcycles VIDEO (1915) – https://youtu.be/nlKRnNcBtLw
PATRIOTS MC – http://www.patriotsmc.co.uk/
All Arms Veterans MotorCycle Club – http://www.aavmcc.co.uk/
American motorcycle Corps Training – https://youtu.be/qSbdc39VlPY
The Patriot Guard Riders – https://www.patriotguard.org/content.php?s=8d4a18c4f384aeafe2ee0be3134d904d
Royal British Legion Bikers – http://www.rblr.co.uk/content/
RIDE TO THE WALL – https://www.rttw.org/ – VIDEO – https://youtu.be/l5t9JbypbCs
Veterans MC Australia – http://www.veteransmcwa.com/
Newark-On-Trent, Royal British Legion Bikers – VIDEO – https://youtu.be/rsu2mwSRZWk
Wootton Bassett Afghan Heroes Ride with bikers mothers day 2010 – VIDEO – https://youtu.be/GZArLcmwHAA
Ride of Respect 2012 Royal Wootton Bassett – https://youtu.be/cHcZR0c1qqw
Bikers in final Ride of Respect through Wootton Bassett – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-17420728