Dispatch Rider

My great uncle, Holmes Miller, was a dispatch rider in World War 2. He rode an Indian Motorcycle delivering messages back and forth from the front lines. This was a lonely, dangerous job. They ” travelled unmarked roads, sometimes under fire or strafing, often in the dark without headlights…” Holmes would ride a motorcycle through shelling. He was once shelled by friendly fire. After he was wounded on the motorcycle, he was transferred to warehousing, ordering supplies. 

The upper left picture is part of the 37th Battery in Petawawa 1940. Uncle Holmes is the 3rd from the left front row. Bottom left picture I’m not sure if this is an Indian motorcycle but similar. Picture on right is Holmes and Edna on their wedding day.

Uncle Holmes enlisted with the 37th Field Battery in Fort Frances, Ontario. He trained at and Fort Frances and Petawawa with the other Rainy River District boys. In Petewawa he met his future wife, Edna Richardson. They married July 2, 1941 in Pembroke, Ontario.

He served in England, U.K., Central Mediterranean area, Continental Europe, Italy and France. Uncle Holmes was discharged on October 17, 1945.

Adams, Sharon, War on two wheels, online Legion Magazine, September 26, 2017, https://legionmagazine.com/en/2017/09/war-on-two-wheels/

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