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.