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War Office instructions for Girl Messengers

These instructions for Girl Messengers at the War Office, dated 19 May 1916, were passed to the Serjeant-at-Arms in the House of Commons in the hope they would be useful when the Girl Porters started working in the Commons in 1917.

They include guidance as to dress and behaviour as well as instructions about work: 'Messengers must always be polite and attentive. They must do their work quietly and quickly, and must not loiter in the passages, rooms or other lobbies. Silence is to be maintained in the halls and passages. Bells should be answered immediately. Good manners require that a messenger should rise on being spoken to.'