When the War Department called for motorcyclists to volunteer for despatch work at the start of August 1914, the response was huge. The London office had 2,000 more applicants than they needed and a similar response was reported across the country. If a rider and his motorcycle were approved, he was paid £10 immediately, 35 shillings a week and was given a guarantee that his motorbike would be replaced with a new one at the end of the war. Enlistment was for one year or the duration of the war but no-one imagined that it would last four years.
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