Title ID 9107Collection ID1112
TitleArmy vs. N.F.S. Dispatch Riders Training Trial, Nov. 26, 1944
CollectionGiles Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWartime And Military Transport
KeywordsArmed Forces Fire Services Men Motor Vehicles
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGiles Family
CameraEric Giles
EditorEric Giles
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This edited black and white film shows the Army and NFS (National Fire Service) dispatch riders' training trial on November 26th 1944. Several men are seen competing over eight separate challenges throughout the day. This film has intertitles throughout.


The film opens with a main title: 'Army V N.F.S. Dispatch Riders Training Trial. November 26th . 1944'. The dispatch riders and other officers gather in a field with their bikes before the start of the day's events. A catering van serves food and riders gather with race numbers waiting for the events to begin. Several riders are seen peeling off from the group in race order.

Intertitle: 'Wheel Changing' An NFS officer demonstrates the changing of a wheel on his motorcycle.

Intertitle: 'Rough Surface Ascent. With Alternative Stop, Turn and Decent' - An Army rider is seen attempting to scale the hill on his bike (out of focus), whilst several other riders wait for their turn at the bottom. Other riders are then seen taking turns to undertake the event.

Intertitle: 'Hill Climb. Gully and Loose Surface' - An NFS rider takes his turn to scale a hill, but skids at the top. Several other riders are seen attempting the hill climb.

Intertitle: 'Water and Mud' - NFS and Army riders take turns to cross a muddy pond in one attempt.

Intertitle: 'Deep Water' - The title is followed by riders completing to cross a water filled channel, without stalling the motorbikes.

Intertitle: 'Acceleration and Brake Test' - At speed, riders go up and crest a hill, braking midway down during the decent. The camera follows several men on the decent and brake part of the test. Officers watch from the sideline.

Intertitle: 'Hill Climb' - The final test requires the men to climb a very muddy hill on their motorcycles. Several men compete. The film ends mid competition.


Army vs. N.F.S. Dispatch Riders Training Trial, Nov. 26, 1944